[mythtv-users] MythTV/TiVo integration

Justin Hornsby justin at mythtvthemes.co.uk
Mon Nov 19 11:33:46 UTC 2007

Neil Dunbar wrote:
> On Mon 19 Nov 2007 10:55:18 Mike Perkins wrote:
>> ??? I didn't think it was possible to hang any kind of card on a Virgin
>> cable line. Are you telling me this is really possible? Cable operators in
>> the UK, so far as I know, are under no obligation to provide services in
>> the way that those in the US are, they can do their own thing with regard
>> to frequencies, encoding, etc.
> I've read about folks using DM500C boxes on their NTL lines instead of the 
> Pace/Scientific Atlanta STBs. I haven't done it, so I don't know if it would 
> work. NB: The dreambox is a STB, not a card, but it does have an embedded 
> Linux OS and an Ethernet port, and AFAICT you can stick the Neutrino image 
> onto it, which allows the Mythbox to control it via the Dbox code. However, 
> if you do this, I also believe (a) you're in violation of terms of contract 
> with VM, and (b) you can't use the super-wonderful interactive TV features 
> which Virgin Media offer - and that would be a blow, wouldn't it?
> I hasten to add, I'm speaking theoretically. I really haven't tried it, but 
> various web fora speak about others doing it with some success.
> Cheers,
> Neil
> _

People who are using unofficial cable equipment in the UK are not only 
violating the T&Cs of their contract - they're also usually trying to 
avoid paying for their TV.  Cable theft is (and should be) taken very 

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