[mythtv-users] Myth with Dish Network / DirectTV ?

Jeff junk_inbox at verizon.net
Wed Dec 16 20:39:12 UTC 2009

On Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 3:10 PM, Mark Knecht <markknecht at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
>   It seems like I don't see much discussion here about using Myth
> with Dish Network or Direct TV. I assume there must be some users out
> there and this is directed toward them.

> 4) I could dump Comcast completely and go with a satellite company.
> This seems interesting as they have always supplied a lot of receivers
> with their base installation so that would give me a fighting chance
> in terms of cost and media, or so I think.
>   I'm wondering how well satellite TV works these days? They say they
> have the local channels. They supply everything I need. I don't care
> much about HD so my recording is pretty easy technology wise.
>   What's the verdict these days?


  I've been using Dish Network with my MythTV setup since 'day 1'...   I
currently have 3 Standard-Definition Dish receivers feeding S-Video and
Analog audio to Hauppauge SD tuners - a PVR-500 and PVR-250.

  I use one lirc instance to control all 3 receivers (as Dish receivers can
be set to 16 different IR code sets), and I don't experience any 'missed' or
'incorrect' channel changes - I think that's just a balance of adjusting the
IR blasters to be 'aimed' properly so that they get received reliably by the
receivers.  (IE: Not over-driving the IR detector, etc.)  That is easily
tested with 'livetv' and jumping around channels   (I use low-power
transmitters that are right in front of each sat receiver)

  Oh, and Dish offers the local channels, but for $5 extra a month, and at
least the Standard-Def versions of them are compressed a bit, so the quality
isn't as good as one would expect.  (As noted, I don't have HD dish
equipment, so I can't comment on that.)

  Anyways, I'd be happy to answer any more questions you have, and to post
my channel-change scripts, lirc config, etc...  ;-)

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