[mythtv-users] Cable or dish

Greg Oliver oliver.greg at gmail.com
Fri Dec 17 19:23:58 UTC 2010

On Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 1:16 PM, jedi <jedi at mishnet.org> wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 12:12:57PM -0700, Mike Gibson wrote:
>> Hi, I've been using MythTV for awhile on regular OTA for a while now.
>> I'm currently using a pcHDTV HD-5500.  My setup is dead simple now
>> with just an antenna plugged into the HD-5500.  I don't record analog
>> anything.  It's all digital.
>> My wife now wants to get some form of cable, dish, or some paid TV
>> service.  I have absolutely no experience with this.  The only time
>> I've had cable is when I lived in an apartment and it was provided via
>> the "magic plug" on the wall.  I've never dealt with a set top box or
>> anything like it.
>> So I'm looking for any recommendations on what sort of service to get.
>>  We're not picky, just want more channels.  What is going to make this
>> process as easy as possible?  I'd like to just be able to unplug the
>> antenna and plug in the "magic plug", update my channel setup and be
>> off and running.  IR blasters and so forth scare me a bit so I'd like
>> to avoid that.  A set top box is ok with me as long as it's easy to
>    DTV might have an edge here since there are a number of us that
> subscribe to DirecTV and use the USB/serial port to control the
> reciever instead of an IR blaster.

Not to hijack, but what are the recommended HD receivers for this?  I
have all HDDVRs, and while they work, I lost some recordings when
family changed the channel on me last weekend.  The option of
"uncovering" the disco light on the hdpvr and telling them when it is
on, do not touch is really not a good one, so I am just going to build
a stack of receivers in a closet or something.  http control is
preferred, but serial would be fine too.


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