[mythtv-users] looking for an hdhomerun

Larry K lunchtimelarry at gmail.com
Tue Jan 8 13:04:09 UTC 2008

No, the HDHR does not provide firewire.

I am weighing the HDHR against the alternative of using my STB and its
firewire port.  I prefer the HDHR (provided it gives me more programming
than I currently get with analog SD) because it would seem to be more stable
than the firewire option, and it does not tie up a STB in order to capture.

On 1/7/08, Kevin J. Cummings <cummings at kjchome.homeip.net> wrote:
> Larry K wrote:
> > 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.  So....
> >
> > 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/channels shows, 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.
> I looked at the listings for my zip code, and while I have 2 providers
> in town, I see both duplicate listings of channels (the same station
> listed on 2 different cable channel numbers) and unique channels from
> both providers, but amazingly enough, there is little overlap between
> the cable companies' channel numbers of the unencrypted content.  For my
> town.  YMMV.  In fact, I'd be surprised if it didn't.
> > When considering firewire capture from my STB, or HDHR, which makes more
> > sense?  Ignore cost as a factor.
> I wasn't aware that the HDHR would give you Firewire output, but if it
> does, then it would seem obvious that you could receive OTA channels not
> provided by the cable company via firewire.  OTOH, your STB should be
> able to provide you with encrypted channels over firewire when you tune
> the STB to it, should it not?  As to which is best, they are both
> digital, are they not?  Shouldn't the quality be the same whether you
> get it direct from your STB or you get it direct from your cable?
> So you should base your decision on which is better by which will give
> you more channels that you want.
> disclaimer:  I do not use any firewire inputs with my MythTV setup as
> yet.  So, I may be way off base here.
> that would seem to be a better solution as it can provide firewire of
> OTA channels if you choose to hook one antenna input to an antenna and
> the other to your cable.
> > Thanks
> > Larry
> >
> >
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> >
> > On 12/6/07, * jason maxwell* <decepticon at gmail.com
> > <mailto: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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