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

Jerry Rubinow jerrymr at gmail.com
Sun Jan 13 14:55:21 UTC 2008

On Jan 13, 2008 2:39 AM, Fedor Pikus <fpikus at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Jan 12, 2008 1:55 PM, Jerry Rubinow <jerrymr at gmail.com> 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).
> Does it require a set-top box for every TV, or it supports QAM tuners?

The coax carries QAM, which includes music channels and SD and HD versions
of all the OTA channels, but not much else (so no ESPN-HD, Discovery-HD,
etc).  I should say I don't know how standardized Verizon FIOS is, so
perhaps which channels are carried varies by location - I'm in SE PA.

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