[mythtv-users] Dish Network customers, any receiver better than another?

Cole Brodine cbrodine at gmail.com
Mon Feb 26 20:43:54 UTC 2007

Last I knew, both Dish and DirecTV did not have firewire support on any of
their boxes.  You can get it added by a 3rd party company if you are
desperate for it, but it is quite expensive and still problematic to
implement.  http://169time.com/ and
http://www.nextcomwireless.com/r5000/home.htm are two of the sites that do
the mods if you are interested.  Do a search on them in the mailing list if
you want to find out more.  They've been discussed at great length here

For now, most people will agree that it either isn't worth it to try HDTV on
satellite with Myth or that the implementation is flaky at best.  I think
people are having a lot better luck with cable companies right now.  (My
understanding is that the FCC mandate for Firewire and cablecards doesn't
apply to satellite, just cable, so it could be quite some time until us
satellite users get good HDTV support.)

Most of the DirecTV receivers can be controlled by a serial port on them
instead of using an IR blaster.  I *THINK* some Dish Receivers are the same,
but I've never been a Dish Customer, so I can't say for sure.  That could be
where the confusion is coming from.  There is some information on setting up
an IR Blaster with Dish Network on the wiki (
http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/LIRC).  Hopefully a Dish User will
chime in here with more info.

Hopefully this helps some.


Cole Brodine
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