[mythtv-users] trouble with CSPAN channels

Gary Buhrmaster gary.buhrmaster at gmail.com
Sun Mar 7 23:50:57 UTC 2021

On Sat, Mar 6, 2021 at 6:10 PM Greg Woods <greg at gregandeva.net> wrote:

> In that case, it would appear that my days of using MythTV are numbered.

Depending on what channels you watch
(and whether you require them in HD(*))
that could be today, a month from now,
or a decade(**) from now (just like the
previously mentioned TiVo-ites who
intend to continue using their solution
until something they really care about
stops working).

Based on some other recent changes it
would appear that should you live in the
Comcast central division you are more
likely to see any wholesale migration
first (they got S&E and the IPTV only
boxes rolled out to new TV customers
first).  If you do not live in the central
division, watch what they do for hints
as to what is coming.

> Heck, the X1 boxes don't even have component outputs either

Well, some of the (earlier gen) X1 boxes
(the Pace XG1v1) do have component
out.  And using an IR blaster for channel
changes has a long history of (mostly)
working, although I have never personally
used the PX001ANM (the Pace XG1v1)
to know if it actually works as advertised.

That said, I think most would agree that
using a HD-PVR2 solution is not optimal,
although as with all else, sometimes you
do what you have to do, and it might
be an acceptable step for some.


(*) While I only rarely watch CSPAN,
I am not sure I really care about
seeing talking heads mostly saying
and doing nothing of substance in
HD vs SD,  But I do understand the
principal of wanting what access to
what you are paying for.

(**) Well, few really expect that TV is
going to still be delivered exactly the
same a decade from now for everyone.
No one really expects TV itself to be
exactly the same in a decade(***).
Three to five years is more the time frame
some expect such delivery transitions
to take, but that is just a guess by
people who do not actually have any
insider knowledge.

(***) What many people want is to
consume the content they want, where
they want, when they want, and on the
device they want (and while one is
at it, make it all free, and don't require
learning 20 different UIs from each
of 20 different content owners, all
of which believe their approach is
the one and only).  All of those goals
may not be seen in a decade, but
one can dream.

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