[mythtv-users] mythtv & the future of HD

Rod Smith mythtv at rodsbooks.com
Wed Nov 14 19:34:31 UTC 2007

On Wednesday 14 November 2007 14:04:46 Steve Peters - Priority Electronics 
> Hello, I was thinking of getting a HD Home Run for my myth setup. That got
> me thinking...since everything is moving slowly but surely over to hd
> (cable and satellite included), what are other mythtv users' plans and
> thoughts about not being able to join in on the HD fun? In 2-3 years, will
> mythtv users be dropping off in favor of HD cable and satellite box DVR's?
> What do you guys think?

I think that the technology (hardware, software, and the business and legal 
side of it) moves so quickly that it's pointless to make predictions. It 
could be that MythTV will become unworkable as digital TV becomes more common 
(probably for legal and business reasons and their impact on hardware, such 
as the in-limbo broadcast flag); or it could be that new devices will make 
MythTV capable of directly recording even encrypted digital content quite 
easily; or it could be something in-between or on some sort of tangent (say, 
technology to re-encode the HD output of set-top-boxes). More than a few 
months out, the technological future is just too hazy to make out clearly.

Rod Smith

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