[mythtv-users] Shouldn't have bought an HDTV
myth at dermanouelian.com
Mon Feb 11 03:04:08 UTC 2008
On Feb 10, 2008, at 6:30 PM, Doug Meredith wrote:
> I’ve been a MythTV user for over a year now, and the WAF has been
> very high. About six weeks ago I made the mistake of buying our
> first HDTV. My wife is quite disappointed that everything looks
> “the same”. To be honest, I’m pretty disappointed too. Even DVDs
> look amazing compared to my captures. I’ve been investigating my
> options for capturing HDTV, and have come up with the following:
I'm surprised. My standard definition captures look worse on my HDTV
than on my old standard definition CRT.
> Over the air. Not an option. There are no HD broadcasts in New
> Brunswick, Canada.
That's a shame.
> QAM capture. I get four unencrypted HD stations and a number of
> digital SD broadcasts. I have an HD Home Run but I’m nervous about
> deploying this at all due to reports of cable companies changing
> what is available unencrypted or changing frequency assignments
> without warning. In any case, it isn’t going to get me HD.
So you're not going to use it because some day it *might* stop
working? Everything *might* stop working some day. Why do anything at
> Get a cable box and hope that I get what I want through fire wire.
> Some people have difficulty making this work, it seems. No
> guarantee there will be *any* unencrypted stations on fire wire, and
> if there are, no guarantee they will stay unencrypted. I don’t
> think I would risk this even if it would work now. Better to never
> have HD than to have it and have to tell my wife we are going back
> to SD.
> Get a moded cable or satellite box. The two options I have seen are
> Windows-only. It isn’t clear how easy or convenient it would be to
> tie Myth into there recording scheme.
> Unless I’m missing something, there are *no* good options. Option
> four, while expensive, looks the most hopeful. I’m just not sure
> I’m willing to put in the time required to be on the bleeding edge
> with this.
> We can dream about the encryption situation changing, but I don’t
> think that anything is going to happen that will let me record HD in
> the next couple of years. If anything, cable companies are likely
> to clamp down more and more on options two and three. It really
> looks like option four may be my only hope.
> Have I missed anything that should give me reason to be optimistic
> about being able to record HD in the (very) short term? Personally
> I wouldn’t give up Myth just to get HD. But I worry greatly about
> the WAF.
The only thing that looks like another option hasn't been released
yet. the Hauppauge HD PVR promises HD capture via component cables.
Reasonably priced and someone posted a response from Hauppauge that
said they hope to have linux drivers when they release. Should be out
in March. Not sure if there other things to consider being a US
product and you want to use it in Canada. Google should come up with a
bunch of info about this new device.
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