[mythtv-users] Digital Television In US

Steven Adeff adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com
Wed May 17 16:10:02 EDT 2006

On 5/17/06, Ivan Kowalenko <ivan.kowalenko at gmail.com> wrote:
> On May 17, 2006, at 09.42, David Shay wrote:
> > Ivan Kowalenko wrote:
> >
> >> No, I think you understood the question quite well. This was exactly
> >> what I was looking for. I guess I didn't realize that those sub-
> >> channels would provide digital signals that weren't at HD
> >> resolutions. I was trying to find an alternative to having to rig up
> >> a digital cable box with an IR blaster for getting digital channels.
> >> With an XBox Front-end (that means no HD), I was worried I wouldn't
> >> be getting anything useful.
> >>
> >> So, I'm guessing if I asked ComCast for an HD cable box, I could hook
> >> it up to my Myth backend, and I'd be able to capture the stations at
> >> 480p, even if there is a 720/1080 signal available?
> >>
> >
> > It's also possible that ComCast has the SD variants of the HD channels
> > on the cable in digital forma via QAM.  Most of the DVB-ATSC cards
> > also
> > support QAM, including the pcHDTV 3000, most of the DVICO line (even a
> > USB one), and the air2PC cards.  Many cable companies broadcast local
> > channels "in the clear" over QAM, so they are unencrypted and these
> > cards can pick them up.  That avoids the additional cable box and
> > IR-controller.
> Yeah, but part of my problem is that I don't watch a lot of the local
> channels. I'm not a big follower of Prison Break, 24, CSI, Survivor,
> Desperate Housewives or much else on the local networks. I'd care
> more about being able to get digital South Park or Battlestar
> Galactica than The Office.

You don't know what your missing, The Office is excellent, perhaps,
dare I say it, better than Arrested Development...

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