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

Ronald Frazier ron at ronfrazier.net
Wed Nov 25 12:57:48 UTC 2009

>   If Comcast starts encrypting too much stuff then Myth might be dead
> here as I doubt we'd rent a bunch of STBs, dedicate an area for all of
> that and pay PG&E more for electricity. Either that or look for
> another source of media.

Huh? You can still capture the output from the DTAs the same as you
did the old analog signal. Honestly, I don't see that anything much
has changed here except
1) Some people had a brief period where they got to enjoy more
unencrypted digital content than they previously did (ie: you got
spoiled for a short period of time)
2) You'll need to add an IR blaster to control the DTA. However (maybe
this has already been addressed in one of the comcast threads), the
DTAs I've seen all get their IR from a sensor that plugs in via an
1/8" jack, so perhaps there is a way to skip the IR part and just send
the control signals straight over the wire.
3) Yes, you do have these extra boxes, but they are relatively small
and are very low on power draw (a couple of watts each).

Yeah, it's not perfect, and it's not a totally transparent change, but
I think it's far from any doom-and-gloom nightmare scenario.


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