[mythtv-users] [Slightly OT] comcast moving to settop on Bay Area - goodbye analog

David Shay david at shay.net
Mon Mar 9 23:27:53 UTC 2009

On Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 5:58 PM, Mark Knecht <markknecht at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 3:43 PM, Brad Fuller <bradallenfuller at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > On Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 3:09 PM, Josh Mastronarde <jmastron at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> >> Robert, any way to confirm this?  Sacramento Comcast hasn't yet
> >> announced an analog shutoff, but I'm starting to prepare.
> >
> > I haven't heard that Comcast has announced shutfoff for San Jose/Los
> > Gatos/Southbay area either. Does anyone have an official link?
> >
> > --
> > Brad Fuller
> I looked after the install guys were here a couple of weeks ago. I
> couldn't find anything.
> An old saying say "Luck favors the prepared..." I'm trying to make
> sure I have a solution thought out should the worst come to pass. It
> may turn out nothing comes of this.
> One thing that was interesting about the converter box install was
> that it required a call into Comcast with an ID for the box before it
> would operate at all. So far the HDHR has just worked.

My guess is that will change at some point.  I've got Time Warner here and I
used to get many more channels via QAM, but now we are down to the
legally-required locals...

I'd recommend CommandIR ( http://www.commandir.com ) for IR control of
multiple cable boxes.  I've got it controlling two right now with zero
issues.  USB based, can control up to 4 devices - $69 right now I think.
 LIRC compatible for send and receive.  This would probably be the
easiest/cheapest to get you going with the existing PVR-150s. To go the
high-def route for non-local/QAM encrypted stuff, you'd need the Hauppauge
1212, and 1 of those per HD cable box, so that would get pricey, although it
would be high-def, it does come with an IR controller, and would require you
to run SVN trunk at the moment.
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