[mythtv-users] CableCard Chain.
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Wed Jul 25 16:08:53 UTC 2012
Rob Davis wrote:
>>Over here, there is still a mindset that Satellite TV == Sky, even
>>though we have a very good FTA service (Freesat, DVB-S)) as well as
>>terrestrial (Freeview, DVB-T). I think that (the sat==Sky bit) is
>>now starting to change with the number of PVRs on the market.
>However, over there, there is an acceptance that you can get a
>freeview/freesat dvr system from a supermarket or catalog(ue) store
>and plug it in without paying the sat or cable company anything to
There is now.
As you say, Freeview was a game changer here - before that you only
got 4 1/2 channels*
* or Sky. Now, as you say, people are used to being able to buy DVRs
(or non-DVR set top boxes) from pretty well anywhere - on the shelf
at big places like ASDA (part of Walmart).
>I think most of my UK friends settle with a Sky/Virgin box (is there
AFAIK, that's about it. All the different cable companies ended up
merged into Virgin - but for those (a lot of use) not in a cabled
area, it's Free[view|sat] or Sky.
Though there is the Top-upTV service which runs encrypted channels on
the Freeview platform.
>Just my thoughts having lived in both places. I would much prefer
>the UK setup to the US one
Sadly, a lot of people here seem to crave the US system. Actually
that's not true, they want to scrap the TV licence fee that pays for
a lot of what we have, without thinking through the consequences.
* How many channels you got on analogue was variable - as you'll
probably remember. If you were lucky then you got 5 watchable
channels - channel 5 being prone to interference and dropout for many
due to using lower power (to avoid interference). For many using
relays, they might only get 3 or 4 channels.
Oh those heady days when choosing what to watch was simpler - but
(perhaps through rose tinted specs) of mostly better quality (in
terms of script, production etc).
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