[mythtv-users] Questions related to Fiber to the home and Scientific Atlanta set top boxes

Kurt Yoder ktymyth at yoderhome.com
Sat Aug 18 01:13:50 UTC 2007

On Aug 17, 2007, at 8:38 PM, Justin Dunn wrote:

> Hi,
> Our local telco company within the last couple years installed  
> Fiber to the home in our area and it going to start providing TV  
> service on the 1st of September.
> I was thinking to switching to it then as when bundling with other  
> services like telephone it's cheaper then cable.
> Unfortunately unlike the cable company they require the use of a  
> set top box which I don't think will work with my PVR-500 as well.
> I called them up to see what information I could get on the set top  
> boxes and they said the following:
> 1. The set top is Scientific Atlanta model 303, 403 or 630  
> depending on what you ordered.
> 2. You only need one set top box per every 3 tvs.
> 3. The boxes have USB but not Firewire.
> From looking online I can't find anything about those models and I  
> don't see how #2 is possible and without Firewire it appears it  
> won't be that easy to use with mythtv.
> I decided to post here and see if anyone knew anymore more this.
> If not I can ask on Tuesday when they show a demo of the service.
> Justin

If they can output signal that your TV can read, then you can also  
capture the signal using a TV->PC device such as a capture card. The  
only remaining problem is to change the channels for the outputs. If  
there's an IR input for changing the channels, you can connect an IR  
blaster to do this. If it's RF, I don't know how it would work.


Kurt Yoder

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