[mythtv-users] Question about DTA box usage

Harry Devine lifter89 at comcast.net
Thu Jul 1 18:12:16 UTC 2010

On 07/01/2010 02:09 PM, Brent Meyer wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 10:49 AM, Harry Devine<lifter89 at comcast.net>  wrote:
>> I'm in the Atlantic City, NJ area and just picked up my DTA boxes yesterday
>> for the TVs in the bedrooms.  My main TV in the living room has the HD
>> motorola STB and that's where my combined FE/BE reside (so the HD-PVR is
>> getting much usage now).  The fe/be has my pcHDTV 5500 card in it, which is
>> now all but obsolete due to the "enhancements" from Comcast.
>> But I started thinking about this and was wondering if it is feasible: could
>> I hook up 1 of those DTA boxes to the pcHDTV card and still capture the
>> recordings that it used to provide me on the basic 2-99 channels?  If it can
>> be done, are there any specific issues or wiring considerations?
>> Thanks for any info,
>> Harry
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> Hi Harry,
> The HD-5500 has an analog tuner that works fine in Myth, so you can
> still use your HD-5500 to capture analog video from the DTA box. There
> is, however, a big caveat--you'll need a way to change channels on the
> DTA box (that is, you'll need an IR blaster of some sort, and you'll
> need to configure lirc to talk to the DTA).
> You can also use your HD-5500 to pull your local HD stations over
> cable, which are unencrypted by law.
> The wiki has information on setting up both the analog and digital
> tuners on your HD-5500 (http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/PcHDTV_HD-5500).
> Thanks,
> Brent
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Thanks!  I've had the pcHDTV-5500 working fine for 2 years already, and 
I've had the cable plugged directly into it.  But 1 of my recordings had 
nothing but green snow last week since that channel got "enhanced".  So 
basically I lost it.  The digital portion of the card only gives me the 
unencrypted OTA stuff which I can get from the HDHR I have, so I'm not 
too worried about that.  I have LIRC already setup to accept commands 
from my remote, but I'll have to look into how I can get a 2nd instance 
working for this case.


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