[mythtv-users] FiOS and MythTV

Jerry Rubinow jerrymr at gmail.com
Thu May 22 16:36:58 UTC 2008

On Thu, May 22, 2008 at 12:27 PM, Fred Squires <fsquires at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, May 22, 2008 at 10:50 AM, Jerry Rubinow <jerrymr at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Thu, May 22, 2008 at 9:31 AM, Eric Mesa <ericsbinaryworld at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >>
> >> My brother's going to be moving into an apartment with FiOS and wanted
> my
> >> advice as to how well mythtv would work in such a setup.  Can you just
> plug
> >> it directly into the myth box?  Does it need to be connected to the STB
> and,
> >> if so, does that mean to watch 1 channel while you record another, do
> you
> >> need 2 STBs?
> >
> > It depends on what hardware your brother has.
> >
> > What you get straight off the coax from FIOS is analog signals for
> channels
> > below 50 (*) and digital QAM equivalents for those.  As well, you get
> > digital QAM for the HD network (OTA) shows.  All channels 50 and above
> > (except for the noted HD ones) and non-network HD are encrypted and
> cannot
> > be obtained from the raw coax.  You can use a splitter to use the coax as
> > input to both an analog card PVR-500/150/etc and a QAM card.  No STB
> > required.
> >
> > With a STB, you get access to 50 and above, but you are also tied to the
> > STB's tuner, and you can't get any of the HD as HD (just the downscaled
> > version, at least until support for the new Hauppauge card is supported).
> >
> > Also there is a firewire option if you have the HD STB, and it is similar
> to
> > the straight coax.
> >
> > In my setup, I have several splitters, and the coax goes to a PVR-500, an
> > avermedia QAM tuner, and the STB.  The s-video out of the STB also goes
> to
> > the PVR-500.
> >
> > -Jerry
> >
> > * Verizon says it will stop providing all analog signals in the near
> future,
> > and in some markets this may already have happened.
> Interesting, a friend of mine, who has fios, claims that he gets all
> of the digital stations unencrypted, except for the premium channels
> (HBO, etc...) and the pay per view channels.  He tested it with an HD
> Tivo before he got his cable card(s).

I admit it's been a while since I tested to see if any encryption has
changed, so what I was saying applies as of maybe a year ago.  How recently
did your friend do his test, and where is he located?  I'm in the
Philadelphia area.

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