[mythtv-users] CableCard Chain.

Ben Kamen bkamen at benjammin.net
Fri Jul 27 17:30:09 UTC 2012

On 2012-07-27 10:55 AM, Ryan Patterson wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 9:32 AM, Michael T. Dean
> <mtdean at thirdcontact.com> wrote:
>> Convincing people that there's a problem is nearly impossible.  Too
>> many believe it's "just the way it is."  A lot of my (well-educated, believe
>> it or not) friends actually believe I'm stealing TV because I don't pay for
>> cable or satellite service.  They grew up in families that never had OTA
>> systems, so they think TV is something that comes from the cable company.
>> When I try to explain that local broadcasters actually send a signal over
>> the air for anyone who can receive it to watch, they have no idea what I'm
>> talking about...
> In 2007 I setup my new HDTV for my father's annual march madness final
> game party (along with mythTV).  One of his friends couldn't
> understand how I was getting an HD signal of the game.  I explained
> several times how TV stations broadcast their signals over the air for
> free.  But in his mind the signal had to come from a cable or
> satellite company.  There was no way to get it for free.   To this day
> I'm sure he thinks I was illegally stealing the signal from somewhere.

Stories like this really make me lose faith in humanity.

(or reinforce that movies like Idiocracy are just predictive non-fiction. It's funny now. But give it a couple more decades. It won't be so funny.)

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