Firewire Cable Box Compatibility

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This is a compatibility list for using Firewire with Mythtv. If you use firewire and it works (or doesn't) please fill in the table below.

Date Name Cable Co Cable box Location Channels Notes
m/d/y My name My cable co Cable box Earth All! This is an example.
4/6/07 t0ny CableOne DCT6416 III Caldwell, Id All. Except maybe premium channels. I get every tested channel to work.
4/12/07 Bill Comcast DCT6416III GR, MI ALL This unit is comcast PVR and I have everything working although HD is having quality issues.
5/19/07 Dave Comcast DCT3416 Portland, Or Some Some 5c encrypted HD Channels at the moment... oddly, PBS for one..
5/19/07 Josh Comcast DCT6200 Chicago, IL Broadcast channels + CSPAN I could get MTVHD when I had a better package (when I first signed-up)
12/02/07 Matt Comcast DCH3200 Pittsburgh, PA Standard Cable, Digital (some), HD (some) I get the basic cable channels, the Digital Classic, Digital preferred. I do NOT get Digital premium (HBO), and only some of the HD (one local HD - NBC), TNT, ESPN, Discovery...
2/12/08 Suresh Comcast DCT6200 Atlanta, GA All standard cable, most digital, all basic HD I can tune to any channel that is active on the box. Some channels are always problematic, some give no problems. I prime the port twice an hour if nothing is recording from the box, and get very reliable recordings from known good channels. Without priming it would get mostly failures when recording.
2/12/08 TugBoat Shaw DCT6200 & DCT6412 Edmonton, AB, Canada Standard Cable, Digital (some), all HD After trying a variety of firewire chipsets, the ones that work the best are the latest Agere chips FW323 v61 with no priming ( More Details Here) As for tuning, some SD channels simply will not work, for example all the Galaxy music only channels between 401 and up (we use our low def tuners via svideo for those). All our HD channels work including the "HD Plus" channels like Discovery HD, National Geographic HD, A&E HD, HD Movie channels, etc. However the 5C flag has been on in the past and maybe in the future.


2/23/08 Kelly Time Warner DCT6200 Dallas, TX All non premium or Pay for view channels until last spring. Now only digital channels...and only sporadically For about a year or so, MythTV worked amazingly well for me under Fedora 4 using the Firewire on my DCT-6200. Then, without warning, it became sporadic. It seems that they introduced a firmware update (I don't remember the version number) that broke it for me. After that point, all analog channels could only be accessed if I first changed the channels with a remote. Even then, they would crop off part of the picture. Digital channels still show up, but only when the firewire hasn't randomly shuffled nodes on me. It's almost impossible now to have a stable DVR with it, but I can still record digital channels from time to time. Before Time Warner took over from Comcast, several channels were 5c'd. Examples include: Discovery HD and ESPN HD. However, that is no longer the case. I don't use any premium channels, and so 5c has become a non-issue for me most of the time. I eagerly hope that the firewire code will recieve an overhaul soon to be compatible out of the box with the new kernels, and I hope that that will solve the firewire shuffling problem. (Unfortunately, I think that problem is TWC related. Might try getting a new box if I can ever get over my laziness about it) Incidentally, I am now running it under Ubuntu 7.04. (I switched after it stopped working)
3/1/08 John Comcast DCH3416 Santa Clara, CA Some Initial tests seem good. Able to get major networks in standard and HD.
4/10/08 Dejan Comcast DCH3200 Mountain View, CA Most Non-premium (both SD and HD) are available and recording since Oct 2007 has been mostly reliable. Due to some oddity an OTA HD station is 5C'd (channel 705 - the local CBS affiliate).
4/12/08 Jamie Comcast DCH3416 Seattle, WA Most Non-premium (both SD and HD) are available and recording reliably. Had to use broadcast mode.
4/12/08 Joe Comcast DCH3416 Pittsburgh, PA Most SD and HD are available and recording. Had to use broadcast mode.
7/26/08 Daniel Rogers SA3250 Stratford, ON, Canada Some Most major networks available in HD
8/18/08 shadowlordkt Shaw DCT6416 Phase 3 Vancouver, BC, Canada HD channels only Capture via PCI firewire card, Sunix FW3010C (VIA 6206 chipset) using broadcast mode. Also works with a Texas Instruments TSB43AB23 firewire chipset. However, for both firewire chipsets, the box seems to require periodic firewire reset & stabilization using (firewire_tester).
8/26/08 Chris Charter SA4250 Pepperell MA Digital only? Some brief testing with the OSX FireWire SDK and VLC. Changing channel via remote. The only channels that appeared to be available were the local networks, the live video portion of the TVguide and PPV preview channels, and the music channels (with slideshow).
9/20/08 Kris Rose Cablevision (iO) SA4250HD Westchester, NY SD+HD Using the SA4250HDC/Point-to-point/100MB setting in Myth. Only works with one cable box: recordings revert to noise as soon as two boxes have been used. All SD and HD channels (including premium) work.
10/06/08 rhpot1991 Comcast Motorolla DHC3200 Harrisburg, PA Most HD I have no idea about HBO or any pay channels. A few that I don't get are MojoHD, MusicHD, and FxHD.
9/20/08 tafypz Cablevision (iO) SA4250HD Westchester, NY SD+HD Using the SA4250HDC/Point-to-point/400MB setting in Myth. Works with 4 cable boxes. Most SD and HD channels (including premium) work (3 HD channels with 5c, about 15 SD channels with 5c).
12/2/08 Dillwead RCN DCT 5100 (I think) Chicago, IL All SD and HD channels that I pay for Cable box is set up in MythTV as a Motorola DCT 6200 using a Broadcast connection. I don't subscribe HBO or other premium channels but HD channels like ESPN and Discovery come in fine. Connecting via point-to-point was flaky and not as reliable as broadcast.

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