This whole change to digital signals is a waste of time and money. Who watches over-the-air TV anyway? And THAT is the whole change... over-the-air signals which use to be analog, are gonna be digital now. That's all. There was NOTHING in the law about cable TV signals. Ohh but sure enough, cable providers are using the thing to stick it to customers and kill analog cable service. "It's because of the digital change by the FCC" they say... bulls't!
But it doesn't end there. The legendary Hauppauge PVR-500, the holy grail of Linux based DYI video recorders has been killed by the FCC. The federales say that it's an analog only card, therefore it must die. They've forced Hauppauge to manufacture a new breed of "hybrid" cards that support both the old analog AND the new digital standard. WTF? Now we have to deal with a new card that haz no f'king drivers. And even if the drivers are ever made, we gonna pay for a digital capture card that WE WONT USE!
Why we won't use the extra features u say?
Everything worth recording will come on digital cable, yes. BUT it will come ENCRYPTED! Meaning you still have to use your cable box to decrypt the signal and get it out of the cable box and into the capture card using what? an analog input. Why FCC is forcing mah to buy a digital capture card? you got me. It's stupid.
FCC want's everything to be digital and modern? Well tell you what... start by letting manufacturers sell digital capture cards equipped with the cable card slot so we could slide it into our PVRs and put in the cable card just like the tivo dudes do. Then we could be truly digital. And also tell the cable company that if they don't want ppl building their own PVRs, they gonna have to do better than 2 tuners with an 80GB HD. 2 tunners for God's Sake! 80 crappy Gigs! What a Ripoff! A family of 4 usually has a minimum of 8 favorite shows that air simultaneously at prime time. Gimee 10 tuners, a terrabyte, media streaming and then we could talk.
*Me goes back to his IR Blaster setup Manual*