[mythtv-users] DirecTV (and MythTV)

Tu Holmes tu.holmes at gmail.com
Sun Mar 4 22:58:34 UTC 2007


Buy some of the "newer" RCA boxes... They have a serial port that you can
use to change the channels with.

On 3/4/07, Brad DerManouelian <myth at dermanouelian.com> wrote:
> On Mar 4, 2007, at 2:44 PM, Benjamin Podoll wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I will preface my question with this: I am a DirecTV customer that has
> > three DirecTV Tivo Series 2 R10 systems. I have been using these
> > systems for a few years and have also upgraded them (they each have
> > dual 300 GB disks). So, as of now, I am happy with DirecTV and with my
> > DVRs, they have plenty of space and I am able to record 2 shows at
> > once on each of the 3 systems. But... I want more.
> >
> > The DirecTV systems are not networked, that sucks, hence I can't share
> > recorded shows with each system and I am dependant on each particular
> > system for the schedule and reliability of the recorded shows. I have
> > many digital images and videos from my cameras, as well as a bunch of
> > MP3s that I would like to have access to as well. I also would like to
> > have my shows backed up. I would like access via the web to my DVR
> > schedules and the like... As far as I can tell MythTV offers these
> > features.
> >
> > But my problem now is finding info on how I can stay with DirecTV and
> > also build a MythTV system that works reliably. I run Ubuntu Linux on
> > a few machines at home and have found "howtos" on Ubuntu and MythTV
> > which is great.
> >
> > But can someone shed some light on the DirecTV/MythTV question?
> I ditched my dual-tiner DirecTivo in favor of 2 D11 boxes and two
> Hauppauge PVR cards. Of course you can record up to 2 channels at a
> time which would be much more expensive to replicate. You'd need 3
> PVR-500's and 6 D11's. It would be more difficult to get working, but
> you could feasibly just get the 6 PVR cards (or 3 PVR-500's) and
> serial blaster to control each tuner of the DirecTivo boxes to switch
> channels correctly. I don't have any experience with this, but I
> imagine it would be a lot of trial and error making sure the correct
> tuner is changed and the correct PVR is used for the recording on a
> dual-tuner box.
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