[u-u] Anyone have a suggested use for a PVR?

Doug Lee douglee at vex.net
Sat Jan 30 12:26:35 EST 2016

Why not eliminate Rogers? Ditch the pay TV, put up an antenna and carry on 
PVRing over the air free unencrypted TV. Better quality that pay TV as 
well because pay operators all water down the bit rate of many if not all 
channels to fit more into their bandwidth. If you can see the CN tower, 
you can receive the local stations. If you are in a good spot, you can 
receive many more. See this link for a map of what's available. 

And this link for a popular forum about free over the air TV including 
technical discussions and how to get started info.

To receive the signals with your computer, you will need an ATSC tuner 
card, many of which are supported on Linux. BSD support is pretty sparse 

Information about this can be found on Linuxtv.org. This might be a good 
starting point:
Hauppauge devices are the most likely to be supported.

On Fri, 29 Jan 2016, David Collier-Brown wrote:

> I have a decent low-noise Intel server I've been using as a PVR, but Rogers 
> has now eliminated all unencrypted channels, so I'm looking for a new use for 
> it.  It seems a bit overkill for a backup disk box (;-))  What else make 
> sense for a private person as opposed to a business?
> --dave
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