[mythtv-users] MythTV and HDTV future

Tom Lichti tom at redpepperracing.com
Thu Mar 1 18:01:22 UTC 2007

Chris Weiland wrote:
> Something that hasn't really been emphasized yet is that you should be 
> able to use the firewire port on your cable box to capture HDTV 
> streams.  Some cable providers will encrypt this stream, but as far as I 
> can tell, most don't.  Mythtv can control the channel of your cable box 
> and capture the HD stream over the firewire connection.
> All cable boxes are required to include this functionality, so if your 
> cable box doesn't have a firewire port, ask for a replacement.

In the US, that may be true, it appears some cable boxes in Canada now 
have active firewire ports, but there is no legislation that they HAVE 
to be enabled, or even present.


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