Talk:Frequently Asked Questions

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I wanted to post my own question to this page, without being so bold as to directly edit the page in case that would be deemed to be improper etiquette.

Can I use MythTV without using my cable companies provided cable box?

Description: when I purchased Digital Cable service from my cable provider that made it clear that the movie channels, On Demand Channels, and Music channels can only be accessed through the receiver box that they rent to me.

If I go with MythTV or any other kind of Home Theater PC I'd like to remove that requirement.


Non-premium DTV stations can usually be recieved by an QAM-64/256 card (like the pcHDTV cards) in North America and a DVB-C card in Europe. In the USA, the only way to receive premium DTV stations off cable is through the receiver box, while in Europe you will need a DVB-C card with an Access Control slot, for which your cable company can supply the needed CA card.

If you are in the USA, you should know that most Cable and Satelite receiver boxes can be controlled by MythTV. Using the serial, USB, or firewire interfaces, or failing that an IR Blaster. This will only allow you to low fidelity NTSC programming, but so far most premium content is LoFi.

User:Beirdo has a good FAQ list

If you go to, you will find a pretty well started FAQ list. Should we enlist Beirdo to either copy or move his material over here? Or perhaps link back to his site? --Gregturn 05:39, 21 January 2006 (UTC)

Merging to this article (see also Talk:Mythtv Users F A Q)

(brought over from Talk:Official Faq

Baylink, I can begin to manually bring it over if the idea is that the FAQ will end up officially residing here? David, thoughts? Also, is this a FAQ or is it the official documentation, because on it is listed as "Documentation".--Steveadeff 19:35, 19 January 2006 (UTC)

Since Frequently Asked Questions is already cooking, can we focus our energy on that one? I don't know if there is much here that is salvageable. --Gregturn 23:53, 28 February 2006 (UTC)

I like Frequently Asked Questions over Mythtv Users F A Q because it is succinct and already linked to from Main Page. --Gregturn 15:50, 1 March 2006 (UTC)

I've copied most of the questions from Mythtv Users F A Q to here. I took a couple that were more mailing list FAQs than MythTV FAQs and put them on Mailing List etiquette. If you agree with my changes, then you can delete Mythtv Users F A Q. Fishter 22:02, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

Good work, Fishter. I appreciate it. The other page has been converted to a redirect to this page. --Gregturn 00:22, 20 March 2006 (UTC)
No problem, glad I can help. --Fishter 22:51, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

Q: Do I really need a window manager for a frontend only box?

I have yet to install a window manager on my machine, and it has a perfectly vanilla Xorg installation, and I have yet to run into focus problems with the keyboard. I suspect this may have plagued older versions of MythTV but is no longer necessary. The only thing I can even surmise that might cause an issue would possibly be the Konqueror application. When an application is being run full-screen and it's the only app attached to the display, there's really not anywhere else that X can give the focus to. --Dagmar 15:31, Jan 28 2006 (CST)