[mythtv-users] Can Myth 'tune' these 'free' converter boxes?

Devin Heitmueller dheitmueller at kernellabs.com
Tue Dec 1 22:04:23 UTC 2009

On Tue, Dec 1, 2009 at 4:56 PM, Eric Sharkey <eric at lisaneric.org> wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 1, 2009 at 1:28 PM, Johnny Walker <johnnyjboss at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Purchasing a second HDHR is maybe $150. Renting two STBs at $7/month
>>> is $168 so for the first year it's sort of beak even. Might make sense
>>> to just live with a few months of STB rental and see how it shakes out
>>> vs. purchase another HDHR and find that it's worthless 3 months from
>>> now?
>> I have the HD-PVR and it's fantastic. Records off the Componant output
>> of my Time Warner Box. I was going to use Firewire to record but it
>> turned out very little is unencrypted.
>> I recommend the HD-PVR - works great.
> Yes, but at what cost?  If you want two tuners like you get with the
> HDHR (more if you count multirec) you need to rent two STBs on top of
> the cost for the two HD-PVR units.  Definitely not cheap.  That
> doesn't even count the additional electrical power costs.

It's all a question of you goals - if it's important to you to be able
to record cable channels in HD other than the ten or twelve ClearQAM
channels that are normally available unencrypted, you don't have much
choice other than the HD-PVR or FIrewire.


Devin J. Heitmueller - Kernel Labs

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