[mythtv-users] OT RANT on DirecTV DD5.1 offerings!

Steven Adeff adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com
Thu Mar 9 04:03:40 UTC 2006

On 3/8/06, Jim Minihane <min02jsm at minihane.tzo.com> wrote:
> I've been searching for a direcTV receiver that has optical or coaxial
> digital outputs to feed the SoundBlaster Audigy ZS 2 I found that grabs
> S-Video and S/PDIF. As it turns out, the only ones DirecTV offers with DD5.1
> digital outputs are the HD boxes. Slimy F***ers! They advertise digital
> quality only to give you digitally encoded stereo Dolby ProLogic. Why have I
> been banging my head against a wall to figure out a way to capture 5.1 from
> my "to-be" purchased DirecTV system (I used to have it but didn't have the
> facilities for DD5.1) when I would have to upgrade to HDTV for Dolby Digital
> audio except I can't capture HDTV from DirecTV!
> Sorry for the rant but I wanted my MythTV system to capture DD5.1 when
> available. Oh well. I guess I'll have to settle for ProLogic until I play a
> DVD or ripped DVD. OK… I guess I'll just buy a few PVR-500s and stuff them
> into a case for capture. I suppose this simplifies things.

except for HDTV and the main movie channels (HBO1 Showtime1 etc) no
other channels broadcast with 5.1. Comedy Central won't magically be
5.1 because you have optical out, they don't broadcast in 5.1.

I am interested in this Audigy with svideo input though! must google...


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