[mythtv-users] Cable or dish
brad+myth at templetons.com
Sun Dec 19 23:54:20 UTC 2010
a) In some ways, Cable and 1394 is the way to go, or at least it should
be. Having your myth box record the actual raw data stream is much
preferred to having it convert to analog and back to lower resolution
analog to be transcoded by the hdpvr. Though I presume the files are
smaller though you can digitally transcode the saved mp2s from the
1394. In addition, channel change control is over 1394.
b) There are two big caveats: One, you can't record encrypted
channels. For me, that's just the premium ones like HBO that I don't
buy so it's not a big issue. Two, there are times when it's known to
fail, for me this happens after I accidentally try to record from an
c) As noted, you can do serial port control of some DirecTV boxes but
not of Dish boxes. So with Dish boxes it's ir blaster which also can
d) The newest boxes from Dish, however, can be controlled over
ethernet! Not by MythTV yet, but the control is quite complex -- the
client can do anything on the Dish box a remote control can, and more,
like scheduling programs for the DIsh DVR, browsing its list of programs
and browsing or downloading its listings data, I believe. I suspect
we'll see somebody code up support for this in Myth. Normally you
might not bother with a DVR on your satellite since you plan to use
Myth, but they tend to offer them free in a bundle to get you to sign
up. If so, get this just for the ethernet control.
e) Of course, you can decide to use the satellite DVR for your sat
recordings and Myth for your OTA and SDTV recordings, especially if you
do not like the hd-pvr route. That works, and provides a quality
picture, but it means two DVRs, swapping inputs etc. In the future,
it's not out of the question that Myth might come to talk to the DVR
over IP so you can at least browse the two collections together, and
schedule in one place, but I don't know of anybody working on that.
Changing inputs is more of a pain that it should be -- Google TV gets
around it by doing pass-through of the HDMI.
Alas, there is no easy answer. My hope, frankly, is to see more
internet delivery of the shows I want, and then to cut the cord on
satellite and cable. Let's face it, a typical non-premium Cable or
Satellite connection runs $800 per year! The most basic ones (other
than on special offers for new customers) tend to run almost $500 a year
with taxes. I would happily pay for netflix, premium hulu and a few
other things and cut that cable.
This is particularly true because perhaps unlike you, there are really
only a few channels in each cable or satellite tier that I care about.
So in reality I am paying $10/month/channel that I care about. You
gotta believe that eventually I will be able to pick up the few I care
about seeing now (rather than delayed on netflix) for sums like that.
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