[mythtv-users] Uverse STB control?

Nick Rout nick.rout at gmail.com
Tue Nov 24 03:29:29 UTC 2009


On Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 8:30 AM, Paul <pturpin+mythtv at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 12:24 PM, Marc Randolph <mrand at pobox.com> wrote:
>> Howdy all,
>>
>> We're considering switching to U-verse.  Looking through the archives,
>> there is surprisingly little discussion about interfacing to U-verse
>> equipment - which either means it must work like a dream, or nobody
>> has tried it!  I'm actually having a hard time believing both of
>> those.
>>
>> Of the few discussions there are, I only found one with really
>> discusses trouble figuring out the timing for the IR Blaster for
>> U-Verse (hence the reason eric is referenced in this email).  Anyone
>> have it working like a dream?
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>>   Marc
>
> I experimented with U-verse for a short period of time and had it
> working with MythTV. I don't think "dream" would be the word i would
> use to describe it. It took me a lot of work and experimentation to
> get channel changes to work well. The ir receiver it has is very
> picky, it would not even work well with my harmony remote. A few tips
> if you decide to go that route.
>
> 1. When sending ir commands instead of using irsend send_once use a
> send_start, sleep, send_stop. The exact amount of time for the sleep
> may take some experimenting, but if i remember right for me it was
> between 1 and 1.5 seconds. Too short and it won't consistently
> register, too long and you will get some numbers being sent twice.
>
> 2. Always send an OK key press before changing channels. The STB will
> go into standby after a period of no activity and this should wake it
> up.
>
> 3. I had to have the STB in a cupboard with the doors closed (probably
> due to florescence lights) for channel changes to work correctly.
>
> With these settings things seemed to work reasonably well. I only had
> it hooked up to mythtv for a short period of time so I am not
> completely sure how reliable it would have been over the long run. In
> the end we ended up dropping U-verse for non-MythTV reasons. On the
> plus side, i don't believe they require a contract (at least with me
> they didn't) so if it doesn't end up working out you can drop them and
> try something else.

Ever curious I wikipedia'd u-verse and discovered it is an IPTV service.

Can you use myth's network recorder? Or is the signal encrypted/locked
to the STB in some way?


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