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

Larry K lunchtimelarry at gmail.com
Wed Dec 2 02:02:50 UTC 2009

On Tue, Dec 1, 2009 at 5:47 PM, Fred Squires <fsquires at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Dec 1, 2009 at 5:20 PM, Eric Sharkey <eric at lisaneric.org> wrote:
> > On Tue, Dec 1, 2009 at 5:07 PM, Johnny Walker <johnnyjboss at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >>> 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.
> >>
> >> I agree on the cost and mess of all these boxes - but even Firewire
> >> was not an option for me. So few channels would tune on that method I
> >> just gave up.
> >
> > The ideal solution is to use an HDHR to tune and record the encrypted
> > channel, which could then be decrypted on the mythtv box using keys
> > acquired from a key server provided by the cable provider (after
> > authentication as a valid customer).
> >
> > Ok, you can all stop laughing now...
> >
> > Eric
> No, the ideal solution would be for Comcast to send all the channels I
> pay for in clear QAM.
> I know it's not going to happen but that's what they should do.
> _______________________________________________
I think the problem for Comcast is that some customers only have the
internet service, or basic cable, so if all the digital video is in clear
QAM, then how do you prevent that free access?  Maybe block video outside
the house in that curbside box?  Just speculating...
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