[mythtv-users] Basic questions of newb. ( Cablevision)
mikep at randomtraveller.org.uk
Sat Jan 30 16:43:53 UTC 2010
Christopher Meredith wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 30, 2010 at 9:52 AM, Misc Things <formisc at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Sat, Jan 30, 2010 at 10:18 AM, Christopher Meredith <
>> chmeredith at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On Sat, Jan 30, 2010 at 8:29 AM, Misc Things <formisc at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> thank you Charles,
>>>> I spoke with Cablevision CUS and he informed me that by the end of
>>>> February CV is going 100% digital and even for basic line-up we will have to
>>>> have their boxes? (and , i have no doubts, pay for them). This whole cable
>>>> TV provider
>>>> sh%% smelss like a good old mafia. I also was informed by CV's rep that
>>>> they will encrypt the basic channels too.
>>>> I'm not sure if this is 100$ correct though.
>>>> Let's say that it is . In this situation what would be the best ( after
>>>> cutting cabel off :) ) course of action:
>>>> I want to be able to record at least 2 channels and watch one.
>>> You'll need one tuner for every channel you want to watch/record
>>> simultaneously. As mentioned, you can use analog tuners to get the analog
>>> feed from the cablebox. Another option if you want to get your network
>>> channels in HD is to use an ATSC tuner and antenna. Depending on where you
>>> are, this can actually give you a better signal than cable. And of course,
>>> it's free.
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>> Thank you Charles.
>> Now i assume that this setup ( ATSC tuner and antenna) will get me free
>> channels that are known to be the "Basic" CV package (
>> . Correct?
>> What if i want to have more channels and no CV's box? can i get rid of the
>> box ? if not - what do i need to enable the functionality i talked about
> You can find out exactly what channels are available to you via ATSC by
> using this tool: http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/welcome.aspx
> Apart from that, you can plug a TV cable directly from the wall into a QAM
> tuner and receive any channels that are "clear QAM," which means
> unencrypted. Usually, this is only the channels you can already receive OTA,
> usually less (unless you're very lucky). The next level is using your cable
> box with firewire, assuming your cable company isn't using a different type
> of encryption on those channels (most are). After that, there's nothing you
> can do, except use an HD-PVR which captures the component HD signal from
> your cable box.
I understood that if there were channels which the cable company had to provide
you by law, and they planned to encrypt everything, then they had to supply you
free with a small converter box to receive them. These are basically small,
limited set-top boxes, but take up less space/power/etc than a normal set-top
box and are not rented.
There have been mentions of such boxes on this list before.
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