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

Justin Dunn jd2660 at hotmail.com
Mon Aug 20 22:39:56 UTC 2007

I called BEK Communications today and finally got told a correct model 
I searched Scientific Alanta's site for IPTV Set Top Boxes and found the 
following PDF: 
http://www.scientificatlanta.com/products/customers/images_subscriber/G1601B-IPN603MCG%201-Sheet.pdf .
It shows what the below message says (one IR remote and two RF remotes).
It seems that if it's IPTV tech that there should be a way to just plug the 
cable in to the computer to get the TV as computer's have been using IP tech 
for a while now.
It doesn't really matter anymore though as I did the math today and found 
that the cable is cheaper do to the fact that I'm paying for limited cable 
that got installed as basic cable.

----- Original Message -----
From: "William Munson" <william_munson at bellsouth.net>
To: "Discussion about mythtv" <mythtv-users at mythtv.org>
Sent: Saturday, August 18, 2007 5:16 AM
Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] Questions related to Fiber to the home and 
Scientific Atlanta set top boxes

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 it will truely support 3 tv's then it most likely has one IR remote
for the tv where the box is located and two RF remote channels for the
other sets. Its also possible that all the remotes are RF so at most you
will be able to control one port with an ir blaster.

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