[mythtv-users] looking for an hdhomerun

Larry K lunchtimelarry at gmail.com
Tue Jan 8 03:21:55 UTC 2008

I have been reading the archives about HDHR, and I have a n00b question.
Before I get to that, I am currently capturing SD from Comcast (channels
1-99) with PVR 250s.  I have a Motorola 6412 dual tuner STB that gives me
digital cable, encrypted content (HBO, SHO, etc.), and 20-30 HD channels.
My primary motivation is to make more channels available to my myth box, I
don't really care all that much about encrypted or HD content, but I'll take
that as a bonus.  I've been considering a firewire solution, but I've been
reading about how quirky this can be, depending on the STB and the firewire
card.  Now, I am reading about how HDHR might also solve this problem.

Is there a way to see what QAM channels an HDHR box could "see" before I
plop down the $170?  If we are talking basically the same content I get now
via analog tuners, then HDHR makes no sense.  However, if most of the
digital channels are on the table, then HDHR is for me.  A quick check of
the silicondust website
http://www.silicondust.com/wiki/hdhomerun/channelsshows, for my zip
code, a list of mostly digital music channels, and a few
other obvious things like networks, and some HD content.  Not much content
beyond what I get via analog capture, tho.  Not sure how reliable this tool
is since it doesn't know who my provider is.

When considering firewire capture from my STB, or HDHR, which makes more
sense?  Ignore cost as a factor.


On 12/6/07, jason maxwell <decepticon at gmail.com> wrote:
> Feel free to ignore / flame me as I'm sure I can find this elsewhere but
> > I'm going to be lazy - Does the HDHomerun let me tune into all the
> > non-HD channels I would normally get via a cable ready TV? How speedy is
> > it to cycle through the QAM channels? My QAM channels cycle between being
> > blank and whatever On Demand shows are being watched at the time, and
> > checking them takes about ten seconds per channel on my Vivitek HDTV. Is the
> > HDHomerun faster at locking onto each channel?
> >
> >
> Just for the fun of it, I tried to program those phantom on-demand
> channels into myth. I had some trouble since they dont show up sequentially,
> and not all at once. I managed to get a couple to come up in myth (didnt
> spend a ton of time on it), but cycling through takes forever, because if
> the channel is not available at the time, you get an error after a timeout,
> and then you can continue. Otherwise, tuning is pretty quick. I love my
> HDHR, and dont plan to ever part with it.
> -J
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