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

Brad Fuller bradallenfuller at yahoo.com
Wed Dec 13 03:59:53 UTC 2006

Brad wrote:
> On Tue, 2006-12-12 at 20:23 -0700, Brian Wood wrote:
>> On Dec 12, 2006, at 8:13 PM, Robert Tsai wrote:
>>> 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.
> Thanks for the tip.  I will look into what my provider sends.

I don't know if your cable company will tell you. Best bet is to ask 
here to see what others in your area are doing. You could also just 
connect your cable to your pcHDTV card and go at it. That's what I did. 
I found a lot of channels.


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