[mythtv-users] Can a pcHDTV record standard definition?

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Wed Dec 13 03:23:12 UTC 2006

On Dec 12, 2006, at 8:13 PM, Robert Tsai wrote:

> On Tue, Dec 12, 2006 at 08:58:12PM -0600, Brad wrote:
>> On Tue, 2006-12-12 at 18:49 -0800, Robert Tsai wrote:
>>> You don't have to upgrade your cable box if you can get OTA HD
>>> signals.
>> But then when I recorded something off of cable my CPU would be
>> doing the work instead of the card right?  I guess I could try to
>> schedule cable shows to record on the PVR and shows available OTA HD
>> to the pcHDTV.
> The pcHDTV can record QAM, which requires a digital cable  
> subscription.
> The pcHDTV can also record OTA, which only requires OTA reception.
> You get to pick one.

It will only receive *unencrypted* QAM which, depending on your cable  
system, might be anything from all digital signals to none of them.  
In my case it is just a few digital video channels and a *lot* of the  
digital music channels (with a video slate screen that changes only  
when the song does).

Receiving unencrypted QAM signals without a subscription to Digital  
Cable might be technically possible, but is probably illegal.

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