[u-u] Anyone have a suggested use for a PVR?
D. Hugh Redelmeier
hugh at mimosa.com
Sun Jan 31 12:18:00 EST 2016
| From: Hugh Gamble <hugh at phaedrav.com>
| To: 'D. Hugh Redelmeier' <hugh at mimosa.com>, 'UU' <u-u at unixunanimous.org>
I think that you are really replying to DCB's message, not mine.
| Spend $5-$10 for an amplified antenna,
| $20-$50 for an external antenna,
| or, if you're Hugh #2, a onetime investment in a tower.
If you are #1, I'm #0.
| If you don't have a DVR already,
| pick a quiet IBM PC clone (preferably not Apple branded).
| Get 2 or 4 Hauppauge tuners for ATSC (probably clear QAM too).
DCB already has one and is tentatively giving up on it.
| There are also tuners for "US Cable TV" anybody know what those need and
| work with?
Surely Clear QAM. Unencrypted. Mandated by FCC for local stations.
Not in Canada.
Or possibly "CableCard". Not in Canada.
| The best media centre software is the free Open Source (tm) MediaPortal.
| If you insist on Linux, there as some XBMC variants that should work too
| (if you're a hacker).
MythTV is my choice. I am guessing that that is what DCB used.
| This will get you a fully, and properly, simply, programmable DVR with
| infinite storage.
Not infinite. We're running out and have many HDDs.
| It requires configuring a good TV guide, which can be tricky with the Linux
| (but you all know a Unix person :-)
Not tricky. No brainer with MythTV to subscribe through SchedulesDirect.
| P.S. My building does have Rogers cable,
| on a grandfathered bulk contract, for the old people.
| There are still analogue channels on that,
| which you can see on any monitor with a built in tuner,
Wow. Not for DCB, not for me, and not for another condo I know with a
bulk contract. The latter two get a view of an aquarium on two of the
analogue channels. The rest is noise.
| but the quality is redonkulously bad compared to high tech rabbit ears.
| (the quality coming out a Rogers cable box can't beat rabbit ears either)
Sad but true.
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