Comcast Digital Tuner Boxes and Mythtv
Units Available within Oregon
DCT-3412 - Almost all channels except local
channels are blocked from being recorded or obtained via IEEE1394
(Firewire) port. Channel changing is said to be supported via
Firewire, but why pay the $10 box rental when the same functionality
can be obtained via a DCT-700.
DCT-700 - Only has svideo and composite with
audio connections. Infrared is the only option for controlling
remotely for channel changing. A brief search on google showed ir
blasters having issues with the "0" key.
DCT-2500 - Comcast had an old box laying around
the office. This has a serial connection for controlling via
serial port (ie. Changing channels for Mythtv).
It took me a day and two "five mile
trips to the Comcast Office" to find out 5c (a firewire copyright
protection blocking technique) had been deployed across all channels
except my locally broadcasted channels (1-10) leaving me not able to
record the good looking girls on FoxNews or CNN! I wish they
would have told me this at the front office concernging firewire port
is blocked from recording on all channels. I did state my
intent on using a VCR to record my previously mentioned channels.
I called Comcast Support and voiced
my frustration with not being able to record intermittent shows on such
channels as CourtTV for later viewing, as recording and archiving to
the PVR/DVR unit is unreliable. (Search for lost recording
complaints for DVR/PVR units on google.com.) Customer
Support also advised composite and svideo sources can and are also
I'm not a movie fanatic or somebody
wanting to distribute or even obtain a collection of shows for which I
haven't paid for.
Ditch the Digital Setup Box(es) and
just use the analog signal with Mythtv.
After voicing my complaint to Customer Service for making me look like
an idiot for returning several boxes for lack of functionality, they
readily refunded the box exchange fee.
What to do without the Playboy
Channel? Buy the magazine?