[mythtv-users] Re: HDTV, Myth,
and Cable television -- basic questions
fanmail at micah-wedemeyer.net
Mon Dec 13 23:12:14 UTC 2004
Well, apparently I wasn't searching with the right keywords. I switched a few
things around and found that, yes, these questions had been asked and answered
So, as punishment, I'll go ahead and post some archive links:
If anyone has any new comments on the subject, I'd be happy to hear them,
Quoting Micah Wedemeyer <fanmail at micah-wedemeyer.net>:
> I'm sure these questions have been asked and answered 100s of times already,
> I couldn't find much by searching the forums. Moreover, I couldn't find good
> answers searching around the web, either. Basically, I'm totally confused
> and I
> want to get straighented out before the broadcast flag thingy goes into
> So, these are some rambling thoughts/questions that I am tossing out there:
> 1. HDTV and Cable television
> Right now, I have Comcast Cable in Atlanta, GA (USA). I mostly watch special
> interest channels (Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, SciFi, etc.) These are
> Hi-Def, as far as I know. Plus, they will probably be the last to go Hi-Def
> (nothing to support this, just a hunch.) So, I don't really need HDTV right
> now, especially since I don't have a Hi-Def TV-set.
> But...in the future, I expect that eventually I will want HDTV. But, I will
> still want to watch mostly cable channels. So, finally, a question: What is
> necessary to watch HDTV for cable television? Do you think Myth will be able
> do this, or will the channels be encrypted in such a way to make this
> impossible? Note: I'm not talking about stealing cable, I'm talking about
> paying for a subscription and getting some sort of decryption key or hardware
> decryption interface.
> 2. pcHDTV and Broadcast flag - (Non-USA users: ignore this)
> Considering that I want to watch cable HDTV, would it be wise to get a pcHDTV
> 3000 card? If I buy one before June, then I can forget about this broadcast
> flag nonsense. However, I don't currently have the capability to do HDTV
> encode/decode (ie. Epia 10k). So, I'd buy the card and shelve it until
> systems are fast enough or hardware MPEG-2 acceleration is good enough to do
> HDTV. Maybe it is already and I just don't know.
> The main question is: Will the pcHDTV 3000 allow for HDTV over cable? Note:
> not asking for a guarantee here, just a "It's in the works..." Mainly, I
> want to buy a card that is only for OTA HDTV and has no plans for cable.
> 3. MythTV and broadcast flag - (Non-USA users: ignore this)
> Assuming I miss the June date and buy a HDTV tuner card after that, what of
> broadcast flag? Anyone have any ideas how this might interact with MythTV?
> understand that it is a hardware issue, but perhaps it can be disabled by
> drivers? More basically, what is the point of it? Can content providers
> out a signal and force all copies of tv-show X to delete themselves?
> That about covers it, at least for now. Sorry if I'm rehashing old
> but it's still new to me.
> Some keywords to help this get flagged in archive searches:
> QAM Quadrature amplitude modulation
> pcHDTV 3000
> broadcast flag
> cable television
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