basic question - Hauppauge HD-PVR

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basic question - Hauppauge HD-PVR

Post by Linuxgrrl » Mon Dec 28, 2020 2:43 pm

My cable box has composite video out (yay!) so it appears I should get the Hauppauge HD-PVR. I'm looking at the model 1212.

Question 1 - is that particular model well supported in Linux?

Question 2 - I see that the cable box will be connected to the HD-PVR via composite cable. But what type of cable connects the HD-PVR to my PC? Does it attach to the ethernetwork like an HD Homerun (I'm guessing not?) In the photos, I see an S-video receptacle on the HD-DVR, but I'm not sure what type of cable would connect to the PC (if that's even the right receptacle to be using).

Thanks! Just want to be sure before I plunk down $$ for this item.

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Re: basic question - Hauppauge HD-PVR

Post by Gribnif » Mon Dec 28, 2020 6:27 pm

1. Yes, the 1212 is commonly used by MythTV users. I have two of them.
2. It uses a USB 2 port to connect to the PC. You'll also need to get audio from the cable box to the HD-PVR; if possible, use TOSLINK (S/PDIF) for best quality.

https://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Hauppauge_HD-PVR

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Re: basic question - Hauppauge HD-PVR

Post by heyted » Mon Dec 28, 2020 11:32 pm

If your cable channels are encrypted but not copy restricted, consider replacing the cable box with an HDHomeRun Prime. They are available new from SiliconDust for a limited time.

https://shop.silicondust.com/shop/
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Re: basic question - Hauppauge HD-PVR

Post by Linuxgrrl » Tue Dec 29, 2020 1:11 pm

Thanks! Is there a way to tell if my programs are copy protected, like a forum? I am mainly interested in sports programming from ESPN and a regional network called MASN here in the mid-Atlantic USA. I have FIOS and the website seems to say that copy protection is on a per-show basis.

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Re: basic question - Hauppauge HD-PVR

Post by Linuxgrrl » Tue Dec 29, 2020 1:12 pm

Thanks! Is there a way to tell in advance if my programs are copy protected, like a forum? I am mainly interested in sports programming from ESPN and a regional network called MASN here in the mid-Atlantic USA. I have FIOS and the website seems to say that copy protection is on a per-show basis.

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Re: basic question - Hauppauge HD-PVR

Post by Gribnif » Tue Dec 29, 2020 4:06 pm

If you are using the component or composite output from a cable box, there is no way that copy protection/encryption will be an issue. It's only a possible problem if you are using HDMI to connect the cable box to the HD-PVR.

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Re: basic question - Hauppauge HD-PVR

Post by Linuxgrrl » Tue Dec 29, 2020 4:35 pm

That seems to be a reason to pick the Hauppauge over the Homerun Prime then, I guess. I’ll have to deal with the IR blaster and running a long USB2 cable, but I won’t be at risk of my cable co suddenly deciding it wants to drm my favorite programs.

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Re: basic question - Hauppauge HD-PVR

Post by heyted » Tue Dec 29, 2020 11:33 pm

An HDHR Prime with MythTV works with copy freely and clear QAM.

https://forums.plex.tv/t/us-cablecard-c ... t/156561/7
Verizon FiOS: Locals are ClearQAM, expanded basic are copy-freely, except for Fox channels, which are copy-once. Premiums are also copy-once.
https://www.tivocommunity.com/community ... t-11872530
There are sometimes slight market differences, but typically FiOS marks most content as copy-freely, with the exceptions of the premium channels (the HBOs, the Cinemaxs, etc. which are mark as copy-once) and due to request by Fox, the Fox (previously owned and managed) cable network stations (which included among others Fox News, FX, and NatGeo). AFAIK the Disney acquisition has not (yet?) resulted in any changes to the protection settings on the stations which are now owned and managed by Disney.
https://www.tivocommunity.com/community ... t-11809773
Last I checked, the copy-prohibited channels on Fios were the HBO group (including Cinemax), and the Fox group (including National Geographic, etc.). That's all. Recordings from other channels could be freely transferred.
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Re: basic question - Hauppauge HD-PVR

Post by Linuxgrrl » Wed Dec 30, 2020 12:57 pm

Solid info, thank you! At first I thought no problem, I can live without the Fox family, but then my spouse reminded me that Fox Sports sometimes carries the US Women’s National soccer team. So I guess it’s a Hauppauge for us. Good to have the info.

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