[mythtv-users] satellite receiver tuner card

Eric Hattemer eric at hattenator.dyndns.org
Tue Aug 22 01:42:50 UTC 2006

Joe Votour wrote:
> Your main problem is the encryption that the satellite providers use -
> there is no (legal) capture card that you can use to control the satellite
> receiver and grab the encrypted programs.  Supposedly, you can use a DVB-S
> card to receive Dish Network FTA (Free To Air), but I don't know anything
> about that.
> Most content on the U.S. satellite feeds should be 480 lines - 480 lines
> is standard definition.  (Or am I misinterpreting what you mean by that?)
> I'd say that your best bet for using satellite is to use the box included
> from the satellite provider, and connect it to a PVR-x50 card via S-Video,
> using an IR Blaster (or serial port) to change channels.  Unfortunately,
> you lose HD programming that way.  On the other hand, it might be possible
> that satellite providers have boxes that do Firewire output now - I
> wouldn't know because I have a combination of analog cable and OTA HD.
I'm a little confused as to what my TV can do that a TV card couldn't. 
I get HD programing over COAX/UHF via antenna.  Wouldn't the cable box
transmit HD over COAX to the TV or the TV card?  If it used firewire or
hdmi or composite or svideo, aren't there cards that accept those?  Is
the encryption issue dealing with cable cards?  I take it those are hard
to come by for a PC?  I take it IR Blaster is either directly supported
by mythtv, or is easy enough using something like lirc and the mythtv
channel change command option? 

-Eric Hattemer

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