[mythtv-users] The end of analog - Digital Converter Vaporware?
Michael T. Dean
mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Thu Jan 24 15:00:56 UTC 2008
On 01/24/2008 04:14 AM, Justin The Cynical wrote:
> Glenn Harris wrote:
>> You won't be able to output in HD using one of the 'freebee'
>> converters, but it should let you know if you can at least get a good
>> digital signal.
> Actually, I thought of this and was going to pass on trying to get one
> myself, but then I realized that it doesn't matter.
> Typically, anyone who 'needs' one of these boxes doesn't have a 'HD
> Ready' wide screen set anyway. This is for those who have a 4:3 set and
> will be left in the proverbial dark when the switch happens.
> Not that this is a Bad Thing(tm) in many cases. After all, it is
> nicknamed the idiot box...
> Just about any wide screen set available today has the ATSC tuners built
> in, making these converter boxes irreverent.
Yeah. And that's the reason I have a problem with the coupons. I would
guess that a large proportion of the people getting them/who will get
them are doing so only because it's "free money" from the government
(especially if there is a company making a $40 box--then it's completely
> To bring this on topic for the list ;-), my Myth setup is full OTA
> digital with no analog tuners (good thing too, the fan on the AverMedia
> card is all gummed up and won't spin),
I'm guessing the Avermedia is an old (no-longer-necessary) analog card.
Otherwise, you could probably replace the fan to get an extra HDTV tuner.
> and I refuse to pay one single
> penny to the local television mafia (AKA comcast) for their overpriced
> so-called service that seems to creep up in price every other month.
Same here, but different mafia.
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