[mythtv-users] Can I just pass the TV signal through?

Nick Rout nick.rout at gmail.com
Mon Apr 11 20:42:56 UTC 2011

On Sat, Apr 9, 2011 at 2:08 PM, Dave M G <martin at autotelic.com> wrote:
> MythTV,
> I have Mythbuntu 10.10 and a Hauppauge PVR-150.
> I live in Japan, where this year they are converting from an analog
> broadcast system to a digital one. My Hauppauge and Mythbuntu system
> will no longer be able to pick up local television.
> There are digital TV tuner cards for putting in a computer available,
> but support for Linux is, as you can probably imagine, quite lacking. I
> found one blog post (in Japanese: http://ky-hive.jp/blog/?p=244 ) where
> a guy had set it up, but it looked pretty tricky and required some funky
> hardware.
> It looks like the easiest thing for me to do is buy a digital tuner with
> built in hard drive for storing shows. (Japanese TV can be really,
> really stupid most of the time, so the ability to schedule and record
> shows is critical.)
> However, what I'm not clear on is how I would get an external tuner to
> play with my Mythbuntu setup, which I still use for DVD, music, and
> video file playback.
> What I want to do is take the digital tuner output, run it into the
> Mythbuntu box somehow (through the Hauppauge?), and simply be able to
> switch to display that signal, without needing Mythbuntu be able to
> change the channels.
> Put another way, I'd like an entry in my Mythbuntu interface that says
> "TV", and when I open it, it shows me the output from the digital tuner.
> I'll change channels and handle all the recording schedule directly with
> the tuner box. When I want to switch back to the MythTV interface, I'll
> just hit "back" on my Hauppauge remote and then go back to business as
> usual.
> Is this doable?

probably but it is dumb.

> Is there a better way?

yes, your tv will switch inputs :)

> Any advice would be much appreciated.
> --
> Dave M G
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