[RndTbl] TV tuner cards

Mike Pfaiffer high.res.mike at gmail.com
Mon Nov 15 12:51:34 CST 2010

On 10-11-15 06:58 AM, Gerald Brandt wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Mike Pfaiffer"<high.res.mike at gmail.com> To: "MUUG
>> Roundtable"<roundtable at muug.mb.ca> Sent: Sunday, November 14, 2010
>> 3:53:31 PM Subject: [RndTbl] TV tuner cards Does anybody have any
>> experience with digital TV tuner cards? I'm thinking of picking one
>> up in the next couple of months and I'm curious about which ones
>> work well with Shaw. It would be nice to have access to the HD
>> channels on the computer since none of the TVs in the house (or the
>> one digital box we have) is HD compatible.
>> I think I would need a basic set of definitions and vocabulary to
>> work from before I start. Incidentally I plan to follow this up
>> with a call to Shaw some time in the next couple of months.
>> Consulting the folks here seems to be the logical first step (even
>> before Google) because a few have actually set these things up.
>> Some time in the future I might consider some FTA stuff. The one
>> person I know who uses it all the time keeps putting off my request
>> to actually see it in action. Sure the reviews from the satellite
>> buffs are "It's great" but that really doesn't say anything.
>> Later Mike
> I have a mythtv system, and I use the Hauppauge HD-PVR.  It takes
> component in and spits out H.264 720P out USB.  Since I'm using Shaw,
> I have one of their Motorola boxes, and I can change channels via
> firewire.

	I had initially thought the TV tuner card would take input from the 
cable itself and choose the channel from there. The hope was it would be 
like a cable box without the box. We already have a standard resolution 
box. I was hoping I could put some HD content on my Linux machine 
without actually having to pick up an HD box.

	As a stereotypical Winnipegger I may be cheap, but I'm not trying to 
get something for nothing. We are already paying for digital content. I 
gather the base HD package is the same as the base non-HD package except 
the box can't decrypt it. Demanding specific hardware to decrypt a 
signal we already pay for (and decrypt on ONE box) seems unreasonable to 
me. Especially given their attitude to their analogue signal.

> Gerald


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