[mythtv-users] Digital Cable newbie questions

Josh TwoOneSix at thatclothingco.com
Wed Apr 11 16:24:49 UTC 2007

Matt wrote:
> On 4/11/07, Josh <TwoOneSix at thatclothingco.com> wrote:
>> Douglas Hitchcock wrote:
>>> Until now I've used only analog cable, to make my life simple.  Now
>>> Comcast is forcing digital on me, and I'm kind of annoyed.
>>> They tell me they're giving me a DCT 700 converter box, and I have no
>>> other choice.  Does anyone use a DCT 700 successfully and happily?
>>> I have dual tuners, a pvr250 and a pvr350, and a normal 4:3 tv.
>>> So I guess I need two converter boxes?
>>> That means I need two IR blasters?
>>> I have a microATX case with only one serial port, will the dual head
>>> one from http://www.irblaster.info/ work?  I thought I read somewhere
>>> about it had to be different kinds of boxes.
>>> I think that's it, thanks for indulging a digital cable newbie.  I've
>>> searched and read but, I am still confused, I've been willfully
>>> ignorant of these things until now and am trying to decide if I'm
>>> ready to learn, or switch cable companies :)
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>> I wouldn't be too dedicated to switching cable companies since
>> everyone's gonna be required to have digital cable by 2/17/2009. It's
>> going to be a slight PITA to get the digital boxes setup, but it will
>> all work out in the end.
>> http://www.timesfreepress.com/absolutenm/templates/life.aspx?articleid=13249&zoneid=10
>> --
>> Josh
> FYI - the Cable companies are under no obligation to push all their
> content out digitally.  The mandate is for any public broadcast
> OVER-THE-AIR (OTA) to stop broadcasting analog by that date.  After
> that date, if the cable companies want to continue to send an analog
> signal, they are under no mandate by the FCC to stop.
> Matt
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I'm on DirecTV so I didn't put too much effort into my research. 
Probably shouldn't' have posted unless I had a solution. For a moment I 
thought I was posting to /. :-)


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