[mythtv-users] Is HD worth it?

Mitch Gore mitchell.gore at gmail.com
Sun Sep 16 15:02:24 UTC 2007

On 9/16/07, David Fishburn <dfishburn.mythtv at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 9/15/07, jack snodgrass <mrlinuxgroups at gmail.com> wrote:
> ...
> > I like to watch US Network ( ABC/NBC/CBS/FOX ) OTA signals on my
> > $25 Air2PC card. There is plenty of OTA stuff to justify a $25 HDTV
> > tuner card.
> I am just thinking about buying an HD capable television, so will want
> some form of HD content to capture.  I am in Guelph, ON, Canada and am
> loath to spend the extra bucks / month for a Rogers set top box and to
> get their HD channels.  Not to mention the hassle of doing the IR
> blasting for the set top box.
> What is the interface from MythTV to the Air2PC card?  How do you
> change channels and so on?
> There is another thread on HD antenna's at the moment, but what are
> you using to capture the signal?  Do you use an additional antenna for
> the Air2PC unit?
> How do I know if I am within range of any OTA signals?  I have found
> this page (
> http://www.user.dccnet.com/jonleblanc/Canada_TV_Stations/ON.html)
> which lists OTA signals for my area.  I don't know if I would be able
> to pick up any additional channels from outside of the Guelph region
> (like Kitchener ~ 20 miles / 32 km away).
> What would be some other good choices I can look at to figure out what
> I might like to purchase?  I have seen a lot of posts about the
> HDHomeRun (~169.00 US).  I currently use a Hauppauge card to capture
> SD which does the mpg conversion automatically for me.   The Air2PC
> does not, I am not sure how much impact that has on the system while
> capturing such a large stream (HD).
> The other common choices I have seen on the list are the hd-3000, hd-5500.
> So, if I was just going to get OTA signals (ATSC), what would you
> choose currently?
> If I was going to go the Rogers route and get a set top box (which I
> believe requires QAM) what would you choose?
> I also have a Bell ExpressVu receiver (which I am currently not using,
> but it is hooked up and ready to go).  If I put that into the mix as
> well, what would be the most appropriate hardware I should buy to
> support my needs moving forward?
> Thanks for any input.
> Dave
> _______________________________________________


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