[mythtv-users] YOU'RE NEXT! YOU'RE NEXT! SF Bay Comcast Analog Armageddon Has Begun

stefan_jones at comcast.net stefan_jones at comcast.net
Mon Nov 23 21:16:30 UTC 2009

----- "Kirk Bocek" <t004 at kbocek.com> wrote:

> From: "Kirk Bocek" <t004 at kbocek.com>
> To: "Discussion about mythtv" <mythtv-users at mythtv.org>
> Sent: Monday, November 23, 2009 12:44:16 PM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
> Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] YOU'RE NEXT! YOU'RE NEXT! SF Bay Comcast Analog Armageddon Has Begun
> stefan_jones at comcast.net wrote:
> > DTAs -- the freebie digital adaptors -- *do support encryption*.
> Yes, that's what I meant.
> > I'm not speculating. I live in a Portland, OR suburb. We went
> through
> > the analog=>digital transition last spring.
> Too bad.
> > Over the last week I upgraded to Fedora 12 and Myth .22. I took the
> > opportunity to install a HVR-2250. My old PVR-150 is now attached to
> a
> > Comcast STB's coax analog out. Its cable map matches the
> now-scrambled
> > channels. Until I get an IR blaster working, I manually tune the STB
> to
> > the channel I want to record before the program starts. The three
> other
> > digital tuners take care of the other stuff.
> > 
> > I tested this last night. The STB delivers a nice clean signal to
> the
> > PVR-150 so the program, while SD, doesn't look bad at all.
> I was unaware that this was an option. I had no idea that any Comcast
> would provide analog out. Which STB do you have that sports the analog
> out port?

When analog was phased out in my area we were sent one Motorola DCH-70 STB and up to two Motorola DCAs.

They both have coaxial outputs that supply an analog signal. The DCH-70 also has a composite video and audio out.

Comcast expects you to use the coax for your TV. It filters out the over-the-air analog and HD stations, though.

I have a splitter. One output directly to the TV. One to the STB. One to my pcHDTV3000, one to my new HVR-2250. 

The DCH-70s's coax out goes to my old PVR-150. The DCH-70's composite out goes to the TV's auxilary in port.

Fancier STBs have component out for HD delivery. There's an external Hauppauge encoder that can handle that.

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