[mythtv-users] HD-PVR and STB Power On/Off

Christian Szpilfogel chrisznews4 at rogers.com
Wed Dec 23 14:42:15 UTC 2009

Kenneth Emerson wrote:
> Has anyone successfully controlled the power on their set-top box 
> (STB) used it in conjunction with the HD-PVR?  I would like to power 
> the STB off once a recording is over if there isn't a recording 
> scheduled directly after it.  I have found that occasionally my 
> DCH-3200 gets into a state where it will not output a video signal 
> until it has been powered off and back on (plus, I'd like not to waste 
> the electricity to keep it on all the time).
if it helps I created the following power on/off/status program.

I use it to ensure that the STB is on for recording (say due to power 
outage, cable provider STB resets, etc). It has also been verified on 
the Motorola DCT-6xxx series but I suspect it will work also for the 
DCH-3xxx series. Let me know if it works and I will update my wiki.

Unfortunately, and as you noted, many of the STBs including Cisco's 
Scientific Atlanta boxes are really power hungry and the off button 
turns out to be a device to make you feel better rather than actually 
saving power.


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