[mythtv-users] FIOS and HVR-950

Robert McNamara robert.mcnamara at gmail.com
Thu Dec 11 21:57:45 UTC 2008

On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 1:45 PM, greg pryzby <greg at pryzby.org> wrote:

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> Does anyone have FIOS working with the HVR-950?
> And on that note, can anyone explain how it 'should' work.
> I *assume*
>   STB -> HVR
>   DVB capture setting
>   scan for channels (ATSC 3 or 4 is found)
>   have to tune STB
> Any assistance is appreciated.
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You cannot capture output from a set top box with a digital tuner.  QAM is
captured straight out of the wall, and you will only  be able to capture
channels left unencrypted, generally local channels and the "big four"
networks of CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox.  You can capture STB output with analog
tuners.  In the case of your HVR-950, there is an analog side, but it is a
framegrabber, which is generally a very poor choice for capture of TV.  All
the encoding would be handled in CPU, your codec choices are very limited,
and the result is difficult to play with many software players/uPnp/etc.
 For STB capture you generally want a nice hardware encoder like the
PVR-150, PVR-500, etc.

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