[mythtv-users] Cable Co. QAM via pcHDTV HD3000 vs. STB and
spin667 at mchsi.com
Sun Apr 10 06:12:30 UTC 2005
On Sat, 2005-04-09 at 00:05 -0400, Byron Poland wrote:
> I've been playing around with getting my cable companies (Comcast, New
> Castle Co. Delaware) QAM "free to air" broadcasts working with my
> HD3000 card using the dvb drivers. I actuall am able to tune all the
> local HD channels, INHD 1&2 and a lot of simulcast digital std
> content. The problem is that most of it comes out like crap. lots of
> continuity errors, audio drop outs, and just lots of problem. Pretty
> much non watchable. In looking for channels, I did the tedious
> searching with dvbstream, and spliting up the stream with dtvstream
> (-tsprog in mplayer was unreliable). In doing this I recorded 15-180
> second chunks and looked at them. Things were decent at times, but
> still tons of continuity errors.
> In recent years I've totally replace the wiring in my house with RG6
> Quad Shieled cable, and recently replaced my spliters. Currently we
> subscribe to only regular analog cable, and have an onsite filter (on
> the pole) that gives up HBO (the good old days of onsite content
> What I'm getting at is what are the chances of getting good quality
> out of QAM (last thing I can thing to do is replace the wire from the
> house to the pole with RG6 QS). Or will subing to digital cable and
> getting a firewire enabled cable box give me better / more reliable
My local cable company only offers one(!) HD unencrypted QAM channel.
(It's an NBC affiliate.) I have nearly maxed out signal strength using
my HD3000 with DVB drivers and no continuity errors that I can recall.
I can't say the same for my OTA 8VSB channels I tune with the Air2PC
I wonder, what signal strength does azap or the mythbackend.log report?
Aran <spin667 at mchsi.com>
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