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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
As you may recall from my last entry, I exchanged my cable box from a Scientific Atlanta 8000HD to a Scientific Atlanta 8300HD. The latter, new box continues to output a signal from the cable connection even if I have it in HDTV mode. It probably also continues to output AVI and S-Video. This finally opened up a way for me to use my cable box with a MythTV box.
First, the cable box is outputting a digital cable signal. It may even output an HDTV digital signal, but I haven't determined that yet. I discovered it wasn't putting out an analog signal because it didn't work with my Hauppauge PVR500 card at all. The Hauppauge card looks for an analog cable signal. The Hauppauge card also has S-Video and AVI inputs, so I could probably still use it. But I wanted to confirm that the cable signal was digital, so I pulled out the Hauppauge card and and replaced it with the pcHDTV HD5500 card.
MythTV DVB support