[mythtv] Re: DirecTV Question
tarek at tarek.2y.net
Mon Jan 20 18:24:29 EST 2003
Several bigger issues here, so I thought I'd post this response to the list..
1) What receiver should I use??
The only things that really separate receivers in this day and age (other
than hdtv/dd5.1 support) are their ability to deal with signal and the
front end.. Mythtv *is* a front end, so the latter consideration absolutely
*does not matter*.. If you can find a receiver that picks up a good signal,
then you are set!
I personally have almost no experience with IR blasters (look around for
actisys postings).. HOWEVER, I do have experience with serial connections
to the computer. They are very quick, extremely reliable, and easy to
implement. Personally, all of this meant that I gave up my 5th gen Hughes
receiver (WITHOUT port) for a 2nd gen Uniden receiver (WITH port). There is
absolutely no difference to the viewer, since myth does all the frontend work.
My uniden receiver cost nothing. In fact, a dude gave me 2 of them just so
I would get them out of his face.. this is the current state when you
consider that most people aren't running myth (suckers!) and need the
higher speed/better looking guides on newer models.. So, i wouldn't spend
more than 10-20 bucks USD for another receiver if you were going to go that
2) What about the option of IR blasting my current receiver?
LIRC is extremely robust and quite well-supported. When I had problems, the
writer of the program supported me much as Isaac does out here.. I spent
$15 CDN ($10 USD) making my IR receiver: $5 CDN for the actual IR
components, and $10 CDN for the "housing" (http://tarek.2y.net/romote.jpg).
as I understand, a transmitter is similar in price.. You can find some
really great schematics at http://lirc.org. Just monitor the convo on the
myth-dev list and on lirc's list for more information..
All in all, I think that MythDTV is great. A few bugs (such as local
channels) to be worked out, but it's on its way..
tarek : )
>Hi, I see from the myth mailing lists, you're doing most of the DirecTV
>support. I haven't yet tried myth, waiting on components to
>arrive. Anyway, since you obviously understand the DirecTV stuff, I have
>I have a Philips unit, which has no data port on the back. As a last
>resort I could always buy another unit, but I've already gone over budget
>with hardware :) I've read a bit about lircd, and it seems like you can
>have the myth pc / linux operate as both an IR receiver and transmitter,
>so it would act as my DirecTV remote control. But I'm not really a
>hardware geek, so this seems tricky.
>As the DirecTV guru, what would you suggest?
>Thanks so much!
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