[mythtv-users] Connecting to external cable box

John Dressler johnbd6558 at hotmail.com
Fri Jun 30 21:31:19 UTC 2006

>From: Kevin Kuphal <kuphal at dls.net>
>Reply-To: Discussion about mythtv <mythtv-users at mythtv.org>
>To: Discussion about mythtv <mythtv-users at mythtv.org>
>Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] Connecting to external cable box
>Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2006 16:11:47 -0500
>John Dressler wrote:
> > Hey. I have no idea how to enable MythTV to work with an external box
> > (software wise). I've connected my computer to the external box using
> > a serial cable. From there I have no idea where to go. Can someone
> > point me in the right direction. Thanks.
>Basically there are two methods:
>1.  Firewire.  If your box has it, you can use the Firewire output to
>record unencrypted channels and change channels using the firewire port.
>2.  Regular TV output.  Here you need something to record the output
>(PVR-150, etc.) from the s-video or coax output from your box and then
>you need something else (IR blaster or serial port) to change channels
>when needed.  In the capture card setup you specify a channel changing
>script that is called whenever Myth needs to change the channel.   That
>script either sends commands to the serial port or manipulates the IR
>blaster as needed.
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Yeah, I'm option 2 (using the serial wire and I have the cable connected via 
coax). Can you explain to me how I would do this. What do I set Video device 
and default input to?

- John

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