[mythtv-users] Moving from Cable to Satellite

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Thu Jun 12 15:04:13 UTC 2008

On Thursday 12 June 2008 08:50:49 Rod Smith wrote:

> Note that this is one of the "gotchas" with satellite. With cable, you can
> split the cable with a cheap splitter to feed input into as many tuners as
> you like. (There are limits based on signal strength, but the basic
> principle is valid.) With satellite, you can't do this; you must have a
> satellite tuner box for each channel you want to record. DirecTV charges
> $5/month per box, IIRC, so if you want to have the ability to record
> several channels, those numbers can add up quickly. You've also got to
> consider the possibility of crosstalk between IR blasters to tune the
> boxes, if that's the route you go. (Some DirecTV receivers can be tuned via
> serial cables, which can be more reliable. There are other ways to avoid IR
> blaster interference, too, but you should be aware of the issue.)

Don't know about DirectTV, but every DISH receiver I've ever had can change 
its remote control address so that multiple receivers can be controlled 
without interference.

The service providers are unlikely to do anything that would make the purchase 
of additional receivers problematical :-)


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