Question about MTStv (IPTV) setup for home DVR/PVR
Got a quick querry. The other day me and my wife signed up with MTS tv as we recieved a promotion voucher with a kick ass deal for 1 year (13 channel packages, and Lightning internet for $60 a month). We wanted to inquire about PVR/DVR's because - well - my VCR is on it's last legs and I'm having a heck of a time finding blank vhs tapes in stores these days - Walmart doesn't even seem to have them any longer). What we were told is that if we get the PVR we need to get the HD channels. Problems is our tv is several years old (non-Plasma or LCD - it's an older big black box raytube based tv - a 26" tv that weighs about 80lbs easy lol) and there is no way it can benefit from the HD (although it does have dual s-video, dual RF tuners, and 1 RGB, and 2 component (red white yellow) inputs). Also the way it was described to us was that we pay the basic rental for the converter box, then an additional $9 a month for the HD service, and then another $5.00 a month for the rental of their pvr, and that there wasn't any other option if we wanted to get the pvr. I have no idea if what was told to us was accurate, but thats what we were told.
Being relatively computer savy who likes to dive into Linux, I know I can (and have) made small pvr's in the past that worked well with Shaw (without the digital cable box). MTS uses a different video stream (IPTV) than what Shaw does, so I have no choice but to use their reciever box... Or do I? Is there another way around this? Has anyone setup their own DIY PVR that works with MTS? Do you still get access to the menu's or do you have to use one of the menu systems available online through MythTV or something similar? The stream coming from the MTS box, is it Digitial or Analog? I heard stuff about "NextLevel" - what is this technology - what does it do? Can NextLevel be taken advantage of within the PC world, either in Windows or Linux?
So many questions LOL
Someone also mentioned that the MTS reciever box can output to 3 different devices. Each output is set to a specific channel so that one can watch on the tv set to channel 2, record a program through a vcr set to channel 3, and so forth. Not sure if this is true or not either. If so, I could set up a digital (or analog depending on the output video stream) pvr with dual tunners that mimic's or uses this feature.