|JP Vossen on 5 Aug 2011 22:40:10 -0700|
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|[PLUG] Comcast going all digital for me|
The question is, what do I need to do and have to make this new stuff work with my current MythTV setup? (Stock Mythbuntu 10.04 LTS, if it matters, not using the Mythbuntu upstream PPA/repo , for backward compatibility with MediaMVP/mvpmc boxes, which are now dead anyway, I guess.)
I know I need a digital tuner and I was planning on getting an HD Homerun  Real Soon Now anyway. Based on reading the Comcast FAQs , and as expected, the 3 free "digital adapters" I can get will require a remote control to change the channel, which rather defeats Myth. More on CableCARDs, which we talked about here recently, below.
<Goes to http://comcast.com/digitalnow/ and Googles for a while> OK, sanity check.http://customer.comcast.com/Pages/FAQViewer.aspx?Guid=62abd2ae-e54e-492f-89ea-809307dadb94 says: "For the Comcast Digital Migration, will I need equipment if I have a digital TV with a QAM tuner?" "If you currently have a Digital QAM tuner, you will be able to continue to receive Limited Basic Cable channels and do not need a digital device. All televisions, including those using QAM tuners, will not be able to view Expanded Basic channels without a digital device or CableCard™"
http://customer.comcast.com/Pages/FAQViewer.aspx?Guid=c999a15e-21ca-41f1-af9f-1ce23bd31216 "Can I record Limited Basic channels without my digital equipment?""... However, in select markets [pretty sure that's me], Comcast is also migrating the Limited Basic channel lineup to an all-digital format. In these markets, you will need a digital device (cable box, digital adapter, or CableCard™ device), or a television with a digital QAM tuner to view and record programming in the Limited Basic channel lineup. ..."
So I'm pretty sure the $130 HDHR3-US that is now down to $108 , will Just Work for what I want (basic networks and PBS). True? Anything going to bite me? (Besides disk space?)
I'm guessing the HDHR3-US price dropped because the $250 HDHR3-CC (CableCARD ready, but with limited support in MythTV starting with 0.24 ) is almost--but not quite--on sale. Hummm, does CableCARD even do anything for me if I have "limited basic" service?
So what I think I want to do is:1) Order the 3 digital adapters from Comcast, for my older TVs and just in case.
2) Order the HDHR3-US now, and get it fired up and working ASAP. 3) Check in with SchedulesDirect and double-check my settings . 4) Maybe in the future: Switch to the Mythbuntu repos (for 0.24+) Order the HDHR3-CC and a CableCARD (if useful) Order bigger hard drives (have 1.8TB RAID1 now) Am I missing anything? ___________________________________________  HDHR3-US http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815345007 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004HO58SO  HDHR3-CC http://customer.comcast.com/Pages/FAQViewer.aspx?seoid=CableCARD http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Silicondust_HDHomeRun_Prime http://www.silicondust.com/products/hdhomerun/prime/ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815345006  Digital Adapter stuff: http://customer.comcast.com/Pages/FAQViewer.aspx?Guid=9a0014bb-bdad-41db-bc46-d47b0392feff http://customer.comcast.com/Pages/FAQViewer.aspx?Guid=aed74ed7-6747-4d14-a349-c6b76dce5edb  "Will my channel numbers change due to the Comcast Digital Migration?" http://customer.comcast.com/Pages/FAQViewer.aspx?Guid=918fd0b6-40fc-4441-bb15-5635490f1301"No. With the Digital Migration, there will be no changes to the existing channel numbers."
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