[BALU] TIVO

Charles McNutt charlesmcnutt at windstream.net
Mon Aug 27 13:50:06 CDT 2007


I guess free in this case means reality programs with the exception of 
Public Television which does have some good stuff. And, I read that 
local channels are soon not going to be broadcasting over the air 
anymore. I still don't think HDTV and Linux are going to be a good 
combination unless the situation changes.

Joseph S Blake wrote:
> The only way to capture HDTV with an open source solution is either an
> OpenQAM tuner (get the free and unencrypted digital channels off the
> cable), ATSC (get the free over the air HD), or capture via firewire.
> The downside to capturing via firewire is most cable companies are now
> sending the broadcast flag so that is going to be hit or miss. You can't
> capture HDMI (it's encrypted)
>
> -Joseph
>
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> [mailto:members-bounces at lists.bham-lug.org] On Behalf Of Charles McNutt
> Sent: Monday, August 27, 2007 1:11 PM
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> Subject: Re: [BALU] TIVO
>
> Well, I have a question about this comment. I don't have first hand 
> information on this because I have not tried MythTV with a HDTV. I was 
> quoting Nick Petreley, editor in chief of the Linux Journal, when I said
>
> what I said about HDTV. Nick said "You may be able to get a cable box 
> with an output you can capture (like IEEE 1394, for example). But, you 
> won't be able to decode HDTV cable signals from the coax, and as far as 
> I can tell, it isn't yet possible to connect the HDMI output of a cable 
> box to a PC in a way that is useful to Linux."
> Nick when on to talk about a lot of different capture cards, and 
> although they work, didn't seem to be too impressed with HDTV and Linux.
>
> Every situation had problems. If you have first hand information on 
> something that not only works ( but works well), I would like to hear 
> about it.
> Charles (cwm)
> jason gilbert wrote:
>   
>> On Mon, Aug 27, 2007 at 10:36:03AM -0500, Charles McNutt wrote:
>>   
>>     
>>> One other thing to consider, is that I have not found anyone that
>>>       
> said 
>   
>>> that HDTV works well with MythTV. Currently, cable companies make it 
>>> nearly impossible to get decent quality HDTV except through their own
>>>       
>
>   
>>> cable boxes. This is because HDTV is under the control of Digital
>>>       
> Rights 
>   
>>> Management (DRM),
>>>     
>>>       
>> this isn't entirely true. you can get cards that can receive any
>> unencrypted digital cable channels. you can't view any encrypted
>> digital channels (hbo, showtime, etc). by fcc rules, they have to
>> provide all over the air hdtv channels (abc, cbs, etc)
>> unencrypted. that's where CableCard comes in.
>>
>>   
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