Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Madison, WI, USA
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I just installed an HDHomerun a few days ago. It was relatively easy to get up and running. I really like the fact that i can just connect it to my switch and then watch TV/HDTV on any of the computers connected to our network. All the computers on my network are running Windows XP Pro (SP2) or Vista. So I don't have any Linux/MythTV boxes. I currently only have the HDHomerun connected to my local cable service. I haven't had a chance to test OTA, but will do this after I get an antenna installed in my attic.
I have a few questions about channel assignments. Using VLC, the only channels that have a usable signal are 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 104, 106 and 113. Each of these channels have several programs. So, for example with channel 86, there are 10 programs (numbers 1 - 10), which are actually ESPN Classic, A&E, ABC Family, AMCtv, History Channel, Fox News, Oxygen, Spike, Travel Channel, VH1 and the Cartoon Network. All the other channels also have up to 10 programs. There are other channels that have a signal, but they don't appear to have any program material that I can view. I'm assuming that they are the encrypted channels. Oh, and I can also get the cable services radio on channel 111, but that doesn't interest me.
To watch a show, I first use the 'HDHomeRun Config' applet to set the channel. then in VLC I can navigate to one of the ten programs listed under this channel. To switch to another channel/program combination, I have to toggle to 'HDHomeRun Config' applet and select another channel and then back to VLC to set the program number. Is there a better way? Obviously this is a little clumsy.
I tried the SageTV beta and it is even worse. I'm sure I haven't spent enough time with SageTV, because I read comments from many people who claim that it is a great program. The beta with HDHomeRun isn't very good. SageTV doesn't find any of the channels during a scan. And after manually adding a channel, you cannot get it to recognize any of the 'programs'.
So, my questions are...
Do all of the TV services use this Channel/Program method of assigning channels? Or, is this something unique to cable or my local cable provider (Charter)?
Am I missing something with VLC or SageTV with regard to channel assignments?
Is there any way to record broadcasts using VLC?
I will probably post these question in both the forums for HDHomeRun/SageTV beta and VLC.