[mythtv-users] Can Myth 'tune' these 'free' converter boxes?

Raymond Wagner raymond at wagnerrp.com
Thu Feb 5 19:22:16 UTC 2009

Mark Knecht wrote:
> Hi,
>    Comcast is giving me 3 of these 'free', low-end digital converter
> boxes. Instead of using them on TVs I was wondering whether Myth can
> tune them and I'll used them as a digital frontend to my PVR-150's. Is
> this possible?
>    These boxes have no USB or 1394 interfaces. There is an IR
> connector for attaching a remote IR receiver if that helps. If you
> need more info let me know but there isn't much more to these small
> boxes.
>    Comcast service techs told me that while there will be analog on
> the cable after the switch to digital, it will only be channels 2-34.
> I need to be able to record higher than 34. I was hoping to do it
> without buying or renting new STBs if possible.
> Thanks,
> Mark
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What you are talking about is the standard method of capturing digital 
cable in MythTV.  Some people get additional channels over QAM, some 
over firewire, but for the most part, the only option is to grab an IR 
blaster to control the box, and capture over composite or svideo.

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