[mythtv-users] HDTV Question from somebody considering MythTV

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Thu Nov 29 02:35:13 UTC 2007

On 11/26/2007 01:37 PM, Rod Smith wrote:
> On Monday 26 November 2007 11:00:17 Kirk Bauer wrote:
>> I currently have an HD DirecTivo (and a regular-definition DirecTivo).
>>  DirecTV is moving to MPEG4 and at some point will eliminate the old
>> MPEG2 HD channels.  This will leave me two choices for recording HD:
>> 1) "Upgrade" to DirecTV's non-Tivo PVR
>> 2) Purchase an HD Series 3 Tivo with CableCARDs from Cox
> ...
>> So, what is the best option for getting HD content into MythTV?  I'm
>> not looking for the easiest option but instead the best.  From what I
>> can tell I can record OTA HD from my antenna no problem.  But what if
>> I want to record other HD channels like HBO, Showtime, FX, Discovery,
>> etc?
> That's the problem. Most cable operators encrypt most of their digital 
> content, and AFAIK there's no way to get encrypted digital cable content into 
> MythTV except by decrypting it with a set-top box and then recording it with 
> a standard definition tuner card.

Actually, getting encrypted data into MythTV wouldn't be that
difficult.  It's just that once you do so, there's no way to decrypt the
data to, i.e., play back the video, so doing so is really a waste.


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