[mythtv-users] HDHR Prime, Cablecards and Mediacom Cable

Erik Jensen eriksjunk at laurelwoodart.com
Tue Nov 29 15:06:06 UTC 2011

On Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 6:39 PM, Ronald Frazier <ron at ronfrazier.net> wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 5:33 PM, Kenneth Emerson
> <kenneth.emerson at gmail.com> wrote:
>>  So
>> the question is, should I continue the charade (and if so, what make
>> and model should I give) or should I come clean and say it is for the
>> HDHR Prime running on Linux?
> Previously, I think it was often necessary to say it was a Tivo
> because cable companies would often deny you the cablecard otherwise.
> However, with the new FCC rules, they are no longer allowed to do so,
> so the lie is no longer necessary. It might be a little more
> convenient for dealing with clueless employees, but it seems with the
> arrival of the new FCC rules, there's been a lot more people asking
> for cablecards, so even the clueless should be catching on and getting
> appropriate training by now.
> That said, it's probably not necessary to go so far as to mention
> Linux or mythtv. I'd just say you need a cablecard for you computer
> and leave it at that. The only other info they'll need to know is the
> host id from the device. What OS or software you are running has no
> effect on their ability to configure it or the steps they need to take
> (other than if they try to provide you step by step instructions for
> locating your host id using Windows Media Center)
> --
> Ron Frazier

And if you do end up with someone clueless, you can always tell them
it's "like a TiVo", which I believe has worked for people in the past.

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