[mythtv-users] ATSC tuner advice wanted

John Pilkington johnpilk222 at gmail.com
Tue Aug 24 11:23:52 UTC 2021

On 24/08/2021 04:01, Rod Smith wrote:
> On 8/21/21 1:52 PM, Douglas Peale wrote:
>> On 8/21/21 8:00 AM, Rod Smith wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> Long story short: Because of recent changes made by Cox, I'm planning to
>>> cut my cable TV service and switch to a combination of streaming and OTA
>>> recording. For the latter, I need an ATSC recording solution, but I'm
>>> afraid I'm having difficulty navigating the sea of options, given
>>> outdated Web pages, contradictory online information, confusing model
>>> references, etc.
>> I'm running the HDHR5-4K. MythTV does not fully support ATSC 3.0 yet,
>> but the tuner works fine on MythTV for ATSC 2.0 channels.
> ...
>> I have been using HDHR tuners since the first HDHR tuner came out. I am
>> currently running 3 HDHR4-US tuners and one HDHR5-4K tuner. They work
>> well with MythTV.
> Thanks to everybody for their advice. FWIW, I decided to buy an
> HDHomerun Flex 4K. It was supposed to arrive tomorrow, but it came
> today, so I hooked it up. I got MythTV talking to it, and it seems to be
> working well. I'm pulling in one or two fewer transports than my TV can
> get. That may be because of weather issues, since it's raining right
> now; or it could be the TV has a better tuner, as others have suggested
> in this thread. I'm located about equidistant between the major Boston
> and Providence stations, and I'm getting at least one of each of the
> major networks, although the only PBS stations I've been able to get are
> SD. (I'm getting 2_2 and 2_3 out of Boston, but not 2_1. I had the same
> issue with my TV.) My Roku has a PBS app, so if I can't get an HD PBS,
> I'll be able to use the Roku for PBS content I want to watch in HD.
> I still need to fully configure the guide data. I've been using
> SchedulesDirect, but for the moment I've set MythTV to use EIT data from
> the HDHomerun Flex, which seems to be working, but is of course limited.
When you say you are 'between two stations' and get signals from both, 
and are also using a TV tuner, it isn't clear what antenna and 
distribution arrangements you have.  I suspect that these may be more 
important than your choice of hardware.  There are general principles, 
of course, but local circumstances are important too.

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