[mythtv-users] MythTV and a DirecTV HD reciever

Disconnect mythtv at gotontheinter.net
Wed Aug 23 13:13:50 UTC 2006

A quick google turned up this:

> The question was, is the source code to read the data from the firewire 
> port open?

> The answer was "no."  His justification, similar to that of most hardware 
> vendors, is that revealing the source code would enable others to 
> replicate his work and offer a similar service, underselling his business.

I'm not finding correlating info on the 169time website, but that might mean 
your best bet is to call them.  The (one-page!) site just has basic info for 
making an XP box emulate a DVHS deck.

On Wed, 23 Aug 2006, list at onnow.net did have cause to say:

> So, if a person went for the 169time mod on a sat dish receiver box....
> Would you simply be able to record all channels in HD though firewire?  
>   Sound and all?  I assume that you would need an IR Blaster, but if  
> there were no encryption issues and all channels were simply there and  
> available via firewire, maybe that $600 would not be so pricey.....
> How is firewire support ion Myth?
> What kind of hardware would be required to run this?  Fairly  
> substantial ( IO wuold be large )  Would the firewire input be  
> compressed or uncompressed?  If compresed, then what does the  
> de-compression?
> I am thinking of doing this if it would be easily do-able.
> Anyone else out there using firewire, 169time mod, and myth?
> Mark
> Quoting Disconnect <mythtv at gotontheinter.net>:
> > When they passed the firewire law, they were thinking about cable and forgot
> > sat.  So your only real option is painfully expensive -
> > http://www.169time.com/
> >
> > Looks like their 'sale prices' are about $800, plus (usually) the AVX1 for
> > $400. (Or get them to upgrade your receiver for $600 plus the AVX1.)  If you
> > are fond of hand-soldering to surface mount chips, the DIY kits are $400.
> >
> > Reports are that they work great, but ymmv. I've been glaring at that page
> > and my bank statement off and on for a while now :)
> >
> > On Tue, 22 Aug 2006, James W. Mills did have cause to say:
> >
> >> So, here is my question.  What do I need in order for MythTV to capture
> >> incoming HD signal from my direcTV tuner?  I see several PCI cards like
> >> the HD-5500 that allow OTA capture, but do not specifically say yay or
> >> nay to DirecTV.

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