[mythtv-users] Disj Network or Direct TV?

George Mari george_mythusers at mari1938.org
Thu Jul 22 01:19:56 UTC 2010

On 07/20/2010 09:40 AM, jedi wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 19, 2010 at 07:13:00PM -0500, George Mari wrote:
>> On 07/18/2010 04:33 PM, Brian Wood wrote:
>>> On Sunday, July 18, 2010 02:46:32 pm stan wrote:
> [deletia]
>>> Just a personal opinion. I have used both DISH and DirectTV:
>>> They are both very much alike. At one time you could control at least some DTV receivers with a serial port, I'm not sure
>>> if this is still true, I know it's not so with DISH, you need an IR blaster.
>> [deleted]
>> Confirmed that their receivers still are controllable with a serial
>> port.  I'm using an H21 high-def-capable receiver and controlling it
>> with the serial port.  Actually, from the computer, I have
>> USB->Serial converter, and then a serial->USB cable to the H21
>> settop box, because physically, the H21's serial port is a USB port,
>> but otherwise, it's really serial.  No need to mess with Lirc, at
>> least not to communicate to the settop box.
>> I've been using DirecTV since 1990-something, and in conjunction
>> with MythTV since 2005.  I capture the output of the S-video port
>> with an old PVR-350.  It works great.
>> I was using an older, H20 settop box with MythTV, but it started to
>> get flaky.  DirecTV came out and replaced it with their latest
>      It sounds like the H24 fixes some of the problems with the older HD
> recievers. I've got a couple of those and they are a bit flakey. It's
> nothing that can't be worked around though. I wasn't sure whether or not
> I should recommend DTV anymore. It sounds like they've sorted things out.
> [deletia]

We'll see - I just got the H24 a few weeks ago, but so far, so good.

One of the things I'll have to get around is connecting my Kill-A-Watt 
to it.  The H20 used 22 watts (!) when on, and 22 watts when "off", 
which with MythTV, it was never off, of course.

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