[mythtv-users] HD Homerun and mythtv?

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Sat Sep 23 15:44:10 UTC 2006

On Sep 23, 2006, at 7:22 AM, William Munson wrote:

> I am thinking about getting a hdhomerun box for OTA signals here in  
> the
> usa. Is anyone successfully using one of these with 0.20? How does the
> box perform in weak signal or multipath situations? I am unfortunately
> about 60 miles from the nearest tv transmitter and am not willing  
> to pay
> for cable tv just to get the locals. (They do not pass the  
> sidebands in
> standard analog cable and want me to buy their settop box for hd.

Unless you have unique terrain conditions 60 miles is really pushing  
it for ATSC reception in the UHF band (I know, I'm 100 miles from  
Denver and literally line-of-site from Lookout Mountain, but still  
can't get much, although VHF analog works quite well).

I'm not sure what you mean by "sidebands", you must mean something  
other than the modulation products of AM, because without passing  
them there would be no information. NTSC uses the "vestigial  
sideband" scheme to conserve spectrum somewhat, but I suspect you  
mean something totally different ??

Your cable system no doubt uses QAM for HD, thus wanting you to use  
their STB, but the OTAs are usually unencrypted and can be received  
with an HD-3000 card or similar, but of course you'd still have to  
pay for basic cable. I agree that paying for "free" TV is  
aggravating, but cable systems usually have a low-cost tier with just  
the OTAs, usually not advertised much.

I don't know anything specific about the HR box, but no tuner can  
receive a signal that isn't there in sufficient strength for decent  

(Your script continues to work wonderfully BTW).

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