[mythtv-users] The end of analog - Digital Converter Vaporware?

Mitch Gore mitchell.gore at gmail.com
Wed Jan 23 22:45:30 UTC 2008

On Jan 23, 2008 4:32 PM, kawayanan <kawayanan at gmail.com> wrote:

> David Brodbeck wrote:
> > On Jan 23, 2008, at 11:32 AM, Greg Mischel Smith wrote:
> >
> >
> >> As the statement says, the coupons will expire 90 days from the date
> >> they are issues. Coupons are not being issued yet, I believe they
> >> are waiting until more converter boxes are available. Nonetheless,
> >> they should be issued sometime in February and converter boxes
> >> should be in stores shortly thereafter. At least one of the
> >> companies is willing to take a hit and sell the converter box for
> >> approximately $40 (so it won't cost consumers anything). I'm sorry,
> >> but I cannot find the story off hand that talked about it. I also
> >> think the company is banking on selling its higher end model
> >> converter boxes which do not qualify for the $40 rebate. And again,
> >> their $40 model does qualify.
> >>
> >
> > If any actually turn up for $40, I plan on buying one with my coupon.
> > That way I can find out if I can actually get an OTA HD signal before
> > I potentially waste $170 on an HD Home Run.
> >
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> I'm interested to see how this goes.  Last time I looked at the
> governments website, they didn't have any eligible boxes listed.  Now
> they do have boxes listed (http://www.ntiadtv.gov/cecb_list.cfm), but
> still no retailers to be found (at least near me).  If they sell for
> near the $50 the government claims they should, one could get one free
> or cheap (the actual price remains to be seen however).  I would get one
> or two.  I currently have a pvr-500 and standard analog cable, but
> wouldn't mind adding OTA to the mix even if its analog.  (Think free or
> cheap alternative to the hdhomerun or pcHDTV if your like me and don't
> yet have a HD TV).  What I really want to see is what the hardware is.
> I assume that this thing basically need the hardware of a digital tuner
> and then a converter to composite/S-vid/coax.  I would love to see a
> hardware hack to make one usable as a digital tuner  (bypassing the
> conversion to composite/S-vid/coax).  Yes I'm cheap, but I can't
> convince myself to spend the money for a hdhomerun (or similar) to get a
> digital version (plus the additional sub-channels) of channels I
> currently get with my pvr-500.
> kawayanan
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I cant wait to get one as i still have a few SDTV's and the antenna signal
for analog is horrible.  But the HDTV puls 100% signal strength for
digital.  So the SD picture will not have all the 'snow' on the picture.

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