[mythtv-users] Documentation for sources.

Michael Bochynski mbochynski at audiumcorp.com
Tue Nov 1 17:15:13 EST 2005

On Tue, 2005-11-01 at 17:07 -0500, Ted Manka wrote:

> Michael,
> I was not offended one bit!  Where are these lists?  I looked on
> mythtv.org and it brought me to the email lists....I assume that you
> are talking about something other than the email lists?
> Thanks,
> Ted

Well, I was actually thinking about others reading the list, not only
you, when I said MythTV is a TV/VCR combo :) Anyway, the list is the
list you are posing to: mythtv-users at mythtv.org

You can browse the archives at:



> On 11/1/05, Michael Bochynski <mbochynski at audiumcorp.com> wrote:
>         Ted,
>         On Tue, 2005-11-01 at 16:29 -0500, Ted Manka wrote:
>         > Great!  Thanks a ton Michael. Will MythTV also be able to
>         > change channels?  I know that from each of these boxes that
>         > it can output one channel at a time.  For example digital
>         > cable will have signal go into the tuner box and then out to
>         > the television.  In the box, the digital channels are
>         > decrypted (I think that is how it works) and then the box
>         > only outputs one channel in the coax cable to the
>         > television.  Can MythTV decode the digital channels before
>         > it gets to the box?  Is there a way around that?  I am sure
>         > that I just don't have a full understanding of the way that
>         > this works.  Please excuse the newbie questions.
>         > 
>         > Thanks,
>         > Ted
>         > 
>         I strongly suggest asking questions on the list, instead of
>         the emails. There are a lot of smart people over there.
>         With that said, quick answer for you. Will MythTV be able to
>         change channels? Yes, however you would need an IR blaster.
>         It's a small device, connected to your PC, which, when you
>         change channels in MythTV, sends a signal to a
>         cable/satellite/FIOS box to change channel on this box. You
>         can think of it as programming your TV remote to change
>         channels on the cable box. 
>         Going further with TV comparisons, MythTV sits AFTER your
>         cable box, the very same way as your TV,  not BEFORE the cable
>         box. Hence, the TV signal from your wall goes to a cable box
>         FIRST and THEN to MythTV and all the decoding (allowing output
>         signal) will be handled by the cable box, not MythTV. So if
>         you are looking for decoding (watching) channels which you are
>         not subscribed to, MythTV is not what you are looking for.
>         BTW, if your cable box has S-Video out (most likely that's the
>         case) you don't have to use coax cable. Actually, you
>         shouldn't use coax cable if you have any kind of tv service
>         (physical box provided to you by your tv operator).
>         I know that I can offend many people on the list, but using a
>         great (humongous) simplicity, MythTV has the same
>         functionality as TV and VCR together. Obviously there is much
>         more, but I don't want to overload you with the information.
>         Here is the (full) explanation form MythTV project site:
>         http://www.mythtv.org/docs/mythtv-HOWTO-1.html#ss1.1
>         Michael
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