[mythtv-users] Mechanical cable splitter

Josh White jaw1959 at gmail.com
Tue Nov 20 18:20:52 UTC 2007

the first remote I ever saw was on my parents silver Zenith VCR that went
with our faux wood grained Zenith TV, and it had a cable (c.1984).  I
believe that VCR was destroyed by my repeated showings of Back to the
Future.  I must have watched that movie at least 100 times.

On Nov 20, 2007 12:58 PM, <greg at nodecam.com> wrote:

> > What I meant by "instant response" was when you press the button to
> change
> > the channel, the channel would change as fast as one could imagine it
> > changing, rather than 1-2 seconds behind as some tuner cards do (my
> > PVR-250
> > performed like this when I used it under MS Windows with the included
> > Hauppauge PVR software, which was much slower than Myth).  I'm not sure
> > what
> > the cable box lag would actually be if you were to log it on an
> > oscilloscope
> > or something, but maybe 50-100ms.
> Ah - sorry - I thought you were referring to using the cable box's guide
> over the capture card, which I thought was a pretty silly idea.
> 50-100ms is pretty good - I think I'm looking at probably closer to
> 250-500 ms on my digital cable box.
> The satellite receiver I had before that was much much much worse (worse
> than Myth by a large margin) which "cured" me of channel surfing.
> Myth used to be quite bad for channel surfing lag, but I think it's in the
> half second ballpark for me now with livetv (again, not that I do it.)
> What version are you running?
> > me at all, but my wife likes to channel surf.  So when you change the
> > channel up 20 times, and then realize you skipped over a channel you
> Ah - I don't even have channel-up/channel-down mapped on my remote, so
> maybe I'm being shielded because I'm actually punching in channel numbers
> when I flip back and forth from channel to channel (usually when I've only
> got one tuner available, but I want to watch two games at the same time.)
> > designed well, it will work as the user wants it to work.  For the last
> 27
> > years at least (I'm 27 years old), most any TV I have used was capable
> of
> > changing channels about as fast as you can press/release the channel
> > up/down
> > button, or capable of stopping on the channel currently displayed when
> the
> > channel up/down button is held (some older cable boxes excluded).  What
> I think if you go back to the very start of that 27 year period, you'll
> find that remote controls were not in common use.  I'm 32, and I remember
> the first time I saw a remote control - and it was connected with a wire.
> Just a nitpick, I'm sure you don't remember a time without remotes. ;)
> > I'm referring to would be on an SDTV or a computer monitor
> Digital?  I think digital tuners tend to be a lot more laggy than analog,
> at least from my experiences.  It was extremely offputting when I first
> got satellite TV back in 199<mumble> (don't remember) but I eventually
> "got used to it."  Myth wasn't a step back for me in that regard, since I
> still had satellite when I first set up Myth.
> It'll never be as fast as tuning a channel on a TV though.
> Greg
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