[mythtv-users] Comcast bricked me above 33 so I bricked Comcast with my wallet

Nick Rout nick.rout at gmail.com
Sat May 8 21:16:16 UTC 2010

On Sun, May 9, 2010 at 9:11 AM, Mark Knecht <markknecht at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, May 8, 2010 at 1:53 PM, John P Poet <jppoet at gmail.com> wrote:
> <SNIP>
>> I originally had one of Directv's DVRs (HR20), but I couldn't live
>> without the extra functionality of Myth, so I traded it in for a
>> couple of Directv's standard HD STBs (H20).  I then hook up the
>> component (HD) outputs from the H20s to Hauppauge HD-PVRs component
>> capture devices:
>> http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/HDPVR
>> The Hauppauge HD-PVR encodes the analog component video into H.264 and
>> muxes in the AC3 (Dolby Digital) audio from S/PDIF.  The result is
>> sent into the Myth backend computer via USB.  This means there are
>> extra boxes lying around to get the job done, but they all sit in my
>> office were they are generally out-of-sight.  This all works well.
>> You should note that the Hauppauge HD-PVR does not encode any
>> closed-caption information, so if you need that you would need to
>> leave sub-titles turned on, on the STB.
>> John
> John,
>   Thanks for the info.
>   It's been my reading looking at the HDPVR spec page at Hauppage
> that it only has one component video in? IF I wanted to record 2 or 3
> HD programs then doesn't that get quite expensive?


>   There's also the electricity of running an Myth backend machine
> plus multiple external devices like the HDPVR and then the power for
> the DTV receivers. Seems that there is a lot of stuff involved in
> doing that. At my electricity rates it's going to run $30-$40/month I
> think if they are powered on 24/7/365. I haven't checked that
> mathematically. I just know the cost of electricity is high and too
> many things add up to a lot of money. My current Mac Mini backend -
> underpowered for HD - along with the HDHR, external hard drive  and
> Ethernet switch, were running me about $23/month. The DVR from
> DirectTV is more like $10.
> - Mark
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