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

Eric Sharkey eric at lisaneric.org
Wed Nov 25 14:30:32 UTC 2009

On Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 7:57 AM, Ronald Frazier <ron at ronfrazier.net> wrote:
> 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)

I don't consider that to be a fair assessment.

What the cable companies are doing is unreasonable.  If they wanted a
viable solution for conditional access they could have promoted cable
card in a sensible way but instead they've figured that the way to
maximize profits is to rent more STBs.

> 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).

What's the power draw of 2 Motorola DHC 3200 units doing mpeg -> 1080i
component -> 2 HDPVR units compared with 1 HDHR recording the same two
channels?  What's the carbon footprint of that difference assuming
coal power generation?


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