[mythtv-users] Is HD worth it?

David Fishburn dfishburn.mythtv at gmail.com
Sun Sep 16 16:22:54 UTC 2007

> Please read the Wiki before pasting.  Many of your questions can be answered
> Here:
>  http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/Configuring_HDTV

Thanks for the link Mitchell, it was informative.

It does not particularly address these questions though:

> 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).

So at my home right now I have:

1.  Rogers (cable) and might possibly get a set top box for the HD channels
- This will require QAM

2.  Bell ExpressVu (satellite receiver model 3100, component and svideo outputs)

3.  OTA channels (see question above for range).
- Does this require an antenna?  (I think it does, but do you get one,
then test later?)

At this point I think 3 might be the priority.  Which hardware would
people recommend given my choices above?


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