[mythtv-users] Disj Network or Direct TV?
george_mythusers at mari1938.org
Tue Jul 20 00:13:00 UTC 2010
On 07/18/2010 04:33 PM, Brian Wood wrote:
> On Sunday, July 18, 2010 02:46:32 pm stan wrote:
>> I have stuck with Comcast, despite the terrible customer service for
>> a long time, as here they have been MythTV friendly. That is they
>> have continued to provide analog service that I can tune with my
>> analog tuner cards.
>> Well, the end of that has come. They have moved ,u 2nd most watched chancel
>> (History) to "Digital Starter", and apparently I need some sort of
>> converter box (1 per set!) to receive that chancel. I am certain this is
>> the beginning of completely dropping analog. So I seem to be forced with
>> the choice of going to either Dish TV or Direct TV.
>> So, I am seeking the wisdom of the list. Which of these is more
>> "Myth TV friendly"? I would like to be able to continue to have the
>> computer tune the chancels for the recordings. I have no HD capable
>> equipment, and don't see myself affording any in the foreseeable
>> future, so which have people had more success with?
> Just a personal opinion. I have used both DISH and DirectTV:
> They are both very much alike. At one time you could control at least some DTV receivers with a serial port, I'm not sure
> if this is still true, I know it's not so with DISH, you need an IR blaster.
Confirmed that their receivers still are controllable with a serial
port. I'm using an H21 high-def-capable receiver and controlling it
with the serial port. Actually, from the computer, I have USB->Serial
converter, and then a serial->USB cable to the H21 settop box, because
physically, the H21's serial port is a USB port, but otherwise, it's
really serial. No need to mess with Lirc, at least not to communicate
to the settop box.
I've been using DirecTV since 1990-something, and in conjunction with
MythTV since 2005. I capture the output of the S-video port with an old
PVR-350. It works great.
I was using an older, H20 settop box with MythTV, but it started to get
flaky. DirecTV came out and replaced it with their latest settop box,
model number H24, I believe. Much smaller than the H20s and H21s, and a
major difference for me is that they have no S-video output - only
composite for standard def, along with HDMI and component for the HD
outputs. Because I was really wanting to capture 480i over the S-video,
I ended up swapping that H24 settop box with an H21 I had in another
room. (The H21 has S-video output.)
Anyway, bottom line - I like DirecTV, and it works great with MythTV. I
haven't ever used DishTV, but I agree with what Brian said - check out
the sports packages available on each, and see if that influences your
If you're just looking for a "basic" package, DishTV may be a little
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