JP Vossen on 9 May 2009 00:39:32 -0700

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[PLUG] Mythbuntu & Comcast channels?

I just noticed that between 2009-04-08 and 15, 2-3 of my PBS stations 
went away.  According to the Comcast channel lineup I just looked at, 
"14 WLVT", "20 WYBE" and "23 WNJT" are now digital.  I had been assuming 
that we would not be affected by the cut-over since we are using Comcast 
and not an OTA antenna.

Background: We're in Collegeville (so Comcast "Pottstown" service), and 
have the $20/mo limited basic plan, since all we ever use are a few of 
the networks, and some of the PBSs.  I have a Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-500MCE 
dual *analog* tuner PCI card, but it has an internal splitter so only 1 
incoming Coax (thus I can't add an or other source).

All the PBSs except "12 WHYY" went away, and according to their site, 
"WHYY will continue to broadcast both an analog and a digital television 
signal until June 12 [2009]." (

I don't have any HD hardware at all, and could not possibly care less 
about it.  I am assuming that any kind of converter box won't play nice 
with my tuner card and MythTV.  Correct?

I just want the networks and at least a PBS or two to work after June 
12.  We almost never watch anything live, so any solution has to work 
with MythTV.  I can buy new digital tuner H/W if needed (the server is a 
1u box with 2 PCI slots, 1 open), but I'd prefer not to pay Comcast any 
more/mo, and I really don't want to switch my TVs yet either.  What are 
my options?

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