[mythtv-users] Current Verizon FIOS experiences

Andre Newman mythtv-list at dinkum.org.uk
Wed Dec 16 14:16:21 UTC 2009

On 16 Dec 2009, at 13:41, Jerry Rubinow wrote:

> The setup I have is Verizon FIOS with an HDHomeRun for the raw coax and a Hauppauge SD tuner card connected to the STB, which is tuned using firewire.  It works very nicely, without problems.  Way back (maybe two years ago) I tried firewire for input, but it always had one problem or another, plus anything besides the same channels I got through the HDHR were encrypted anyway, so there was really no added benefit.  

I'd heard some people were seeing a few extra channels through firewire than HDHR, wondered if that was still the case? The only other reason is it's a tuner for the cost of a firewire cable :-)

> Unless you know there are additional channels available through firewire that you can't get through the HDHR, I would skip using it for input.

Fair comment, we didn't have a great deal of fun trying to get it working before!

>  Why are you averse to an HD-PVR?  If you want additional HD channels, this seems to be a good route to go.

My friend is ex-broadcast TV so he's not happy about the re-compression, he has a big projection screen so everything is very noticeable. Then there is the Heath Robinson'ness (sorry, Rube Goldberg'ness) of the HD-PVR & STB contraption, we discussed this and he rolled around laughing! Anyway he's happy to watch stuff though the FIOS STB when it's encrypted but wants to give MythTV a go having seen my system in the UK. Maybe that will change but for now he wants to keep it simple.
> In my market (Philadelphia), the only channels in the clear are networks (ABC/CBS/NBC/FOX), PBS, and a couple of other OTA ones.

That would be a good start, is that the same as available through OTA ATSC?

Thanks for the info.

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