[mythtv-users] Myth with Dish Network / DirectTV ?
jedi at mishnet.org
Wed Dec 16 23:27:11 UTC 2009
On Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 04:27:35PM -0600, Russ Van Winkle 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.
> >From the DirecTV customer perspective:
> I used Myth with one receiver for several months without (much*)
> issue, using the directv.pl script
> [http://www.pdp8.net/directv/directv.shtml] to change channels via a
> serial port, capturing analog audio and S-video via a PVR-250. I had
> to experiment briefly with the script to work with the newer receiver.
> And rather than build the required cable, I purchased one from an
> online source. Once configured, the setup was rock solid - never,
> ever missed a channel change. Did occasionally get a bad recording
> due to weather interfering with the satellite signal.
> My receiver is several years old at this point, so I can't speak to
> the availability of current equipment that includes the control port.
I use a couple of their current HD boxes. Tuning with the USB port
works well enough. It has it's quirks but a persistent script is very
effective. What's nice about serial control is that you can query the
box to see what channel it's on and verify that your channel change
I just use the directv perl script that's floating around. I've got
a shell script wrapped around it that checks things and retries if there
is a problem.
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