Matt Mossholder on 6 Aug 2011 05:34:10 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Comcast going all digital for me

On Sat, Aug 6, 2011 at 7:23 AM, Rich Freeman <> wrote:
On Sat, Aug 6, 2011 at 1:40 AM, JP Vossen <> wrote:
> 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 [2]) is
> almost--but not quite--on sale. ÂHummm, does CableCARD even do anything for
> me if I have "limited basic" service?

Cablecard should only be needed to provide access to the extended
content - like feature channels, and maybe PPV/etc (if the CC even
supports that - I think the newer spec does and the older one doesn't,
but I could be wrong on that).

And Cablecard will most likely not work with MythTV. ÂThe people who
designed it had DRM in mind and I think your software needs to have a
trusted key to get it to do anything (perhaps just for anything beyond
the basic local channels). ÂThe intent was to treat the software like
DVD-playing software - you can only get a CSS key if your software is
certified (requiring obfuscation and no ability to output unencrypted
digital video). ÂI'm sure it would be cracked by now if you couldn't
get your digital video from any of 47 other sources in the clear.

So, I'd probably avoid the CC tuner card.


Rich, the HDHomerun cable card tuners do, in fact, work with ÂMythTV. The gotcha is that MythTV can only record Clear QAM or content marked "Copy Freely". In Windows Media Center, you can record anything that isn't marked as "No Copying".

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