[mythtv-users] so where can I buy a Cablecard Set Top Box?

Craig Partin cpartin at gmail.com
Fri Aug 17 21:07:20 UTC 2007

> > I went HDTV a couple of weeks ago and picked up the cable's DVR until I
> > figured how to make mythtv to work with HDTV. Yesterday I got my cable bill
> > and my TV service pretty much doubled by adding HDTV tier and $14 for "DVR
> > service".
> >
> > I already got myth to get some HDTV through firewire so I am returning their
> > DVR this weekend but I will not have access to some of the channels I am
> > paying for, I care less for most of them but not having ESPN2HD and TNTHD
> > (NBA games) is going to suck (ok, the chicks on HDNET's "Get out" are pretty
> > hot but they talk so much it gets old pretty quick)
> >
> > I looked all over the internet for retail Cablecard enabled STB and it seems
> > the cable companies have succeeded in keeping their STB monopoly regardless
> > of FCC regulations.
> >
> Your cable companies DVR is your cablecard set top box.  Currently
> there is no way to get an HDTV signal from the wall, unless is
> unencrypted.  You may be able to use QAM to get some channels, but it
> wont be the premiums.  You will probably get the same channels, if not
> more, from Off The Air.
> ATI did release a capture card with cablecard support earlier this
> year.  It's not being sold to the public yet I believe, and it's meant
> to only work with Microsoft's Media Center.  Hopefully in the near
> future we can have cablecard access in MythTV, but sadly right now,
> it's not possible.  Using firewire on your DVR from the cable company
> might be your best bet, unless you can live without the premium
> channels.
> -Bill

TiVo has two HD capable models with CableCard slots

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