[mythtv-users] About to move to FIOS...couple of questions

Steven Sartorius ssartor at bellatlantic.net
Sun Jan 13 14:01:47 UTC 2008

On Jan 12, 2008, at 16:55, Jerry Rubinow wrote:

> On Jan 12, 2008 2:09 PM, Steven Sartorius  
> <ssartor at bellatlantic.net> wrote:
> 1.      In my currrent setup I split my cable feed between my (cable
> ready) TV and my Myth box (PVR-150).  This way I can watch regular TV
> on one channel while recording with Myth on another.  My
> understanding is that with FIOS (or with any digital TV feed that
> requires a STB) in order to get this same behavior I'll need two
> STBs.  I will still split my signal; one leg will run to a STB
> connected to the TV and the other leg to a STB connected to the Myth
> box.  Myth will change channels via an IR Blaster to the STB.  Is my
> understanding correct?  FWIW, I've read that Verizon makes the first
> 40 or so channels available in analog so it is possible just to run
> the coax into the PVR-150 and record that way -- however I want to be
> able to record all the channels I receive.
> Yes, channels below 50 are available off the coax in analog, and  
> everything 50 and above are digital, so if you wanted all channels  
> available to both the TV directly and to Myth, you'd need two STBs  
> (assuming that when you said your tv was cable-ready, you didn't  
> mean it has a CableCard slot).

No CableCard slot, just capable of tuning up to Channel 125
> Also, everything I'm trying to do now is in SD -- I'll cross the HD
> bridge when I buy my first HDTV later this year.
> 2.      With the setup I describe above do I need to replace my  
> PVR-150?
> Since I'm running the cable feed through the STB before I output it
> to the Myth box I'm assuming the STB takes the digital feed (ATSC,
> MPEG2) and converts it to NTSC analog.  Is this correct?
> The STB will output a standard NTSC signal, possibly with some  
> other outputs as well.  No need to replace the 150.
> -Jerry

That's what I thought -- thanks for the confirmation!


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