Friday, March 03, 2006

HD Deja Vu

Krista and I just moved. We're taking the opportunity to revisit the HD DVR landscape. We used Comcast's HD DVR in our old apartment. Pros: great price, two tuners. Cons: slow, buggy, bad UI. I'd like a more polished UI this time around (i.e. something Tivo-like) . Should I spring for DirecTV's HD Tivo or should I sit tight with Comcast until the series 3 Tivo comes out? I'm leaning toward the latter. Posts like this worry me about the future extensibility/compatibility of the DirecTV Tivo. I want to be able to take advantage of new features like Tivo to Go as they come out. Maybe I should build a MythTV backend. Seems like a lot of work though. I'd want two HD tuners. If I go the MythTV route, do I want Comcast, DirecTV, Dish, or something else? I'd go OTA, but with the new Sopranos season starting, HBO is an absolute requirement for Krista.


Blogger Chris Nokleberg said...

AFAIK the HDTV tuner cards that work with MythTV can only handle unencrypted HDTV sources. This means OTA or unencrypted QAM (cable), which is hard enough to find (varies by provider). Unless you can convince her to wait for the DVDs, I think that rules out MythTV :-)

5:24 PM  
Blogger Bob Lee said...

I went with Comcast again. I'll bear their box until the Tivo Series 3 comes out. The Tivo uses cable cards. I wonder what it would take to do something similar with a MythTV box.

10:41 AM  

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