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

Steve Anthony steveranthony at gmail.com
Wed Dec 16 23:35:35 UTC 2009

I've pretty much been using Satellite with my DVR the past several years...
The only thing is that I'm just switching over to Mythtv from Snapstream.

Personally.. I liked having the Direct TV boxes that can be controlled via a
serial port with a direct cable... Using a IR blaster to change channels,
which is what I've always had to use with Dish Network, always adds another
challenge to the mix..

I think Dish Network is now just starting to have receivers that can be
controlled via a data/serial port... Dish Network has always had them...

Let me know what you find...

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.
>   I'm a Bay Area Comcast subscriber. With the announcement on this
> list that Comcast Seattle has started encrypting nearly everything I
> suspect that the Bay Area will soon follow which would render my
> current Myth/HDHR setup pretty much useless. Seems like the following
> would be my options:
> 1) I could get busy and figure out how to actually control the cheap
> DTA's with the IR controllers. If that works then I could rent two of
> those for SDA recording. I hate paying Comcast any more money.
> 2) I could start paying Comcast more money for additional STBs and
> attempt to control them with 1394/USB or whatever works these days. My
> view from these lists is that's very hit-and-miss technically, but
> maybe less so with 0.22 which I'm not using yet.
> 3) I could give in, rent a couple of DVRs. Yet more money to Comcast
> and no TV here in my office. Hate this idea.
> 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?
> Thanks,
> Mark
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