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Thursday, June 2nd, 2005
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I'm probably finished poking around Comcast's digital cable. I may not have found everything, but I do have enough for now. Next is the arduous task of manually adding them to MythTV. I'll probably only add the ones that I know I'll be recording from. Here's the results for the curious:

Introduction
------------

Here are the results of my exploration of Comcast's digital cable.  I used a
pcHDTV HD-3000 card in QAM 256 mode.  This was done at the end of May and
beginning of June, 2005.

To tune a specific channel, I used this zsh function:

function hdmplayer {
        CHANNEL=$1
        PROGRAM=0
        shift
        if echo $CHANNEL | grep -q '\.'; then
                PROGRAM=`echo $CHANNEL|cut -d. -f2`
                CHANNEL=`echo $CHANNEL|cut -d. -f1`
        fi
        azap $CHANNEL &
        sleep 0.5
        kill $!
        dvbstream -o -qam 256 8192 | \
	mplayer -tsprog $PROGRAM -fs -cache 16384 -channels 4 $* -
}

To get a list of the programs in a given transport stream, I did this (for
example, on channel 91)

hdmplayer c91 -v|grep prog=|perl -p -e 's/.*prog=([0-9]+).*/$1/'|sort -n|uniq

Digital Cable Results
---------------------

QAM-Ch	Prog	Description
24	1	*** COULD NOT TUNE
24	2	Cartoon Network
24	3	Comedy Central
24	4	MTV
24	5	Disney
24	6	Nick
24	7	Sci-Fi
24	8	AMC
24	9	Discovery
24	10	TLC
24	11	VH1
24	12	USA

25	1	CSPAN
25	2	CSPAN-2
25	3	Animal Planet
25	4	Travel
25	5	Hallmark
25	7	CNN
25	8	Golf
25	9	HSN
25	10	QVC
25	11	*** COULD NOT TUNE
25	12	CNN-HN

26	1	GSN
26	2	MSNBC
26	3	TVLAND
26	4	CNBC
26	5	??? (black & white movies)
26	6	Style
26	7	FOX News
26	8	TNT
26	9	ESPN
26	10	ESPN2
26	11	TBS
26	12	CSN

27	1	SpikeTV
27	2	Bravo
27	3	HGTV
27	4	E!!!!
27	5	ABC Family
27	6	Food Network
27	7	Lifetime
27	8	SPEED
27	9	Horse betting channel?
27	10	*** COULD NOT TUNE
27	11	ESPN Classic
27	12	OLN

79	1	FX
79	2	History
79	3	*** COULD NOT TUNE
79	4	A&E
79	5	CMT
79	7	CourtTV
79	12	NOTHING

82	1	CBS
82	2	ABC
82	3	NBC
82	4	WHYY
82	5	WB
82	6	FOX
82	7	Christian Channel
82	8	UPN
82	9	PAX
82	10	Spanish Channel
82	11	WFMZ
82	12	CN8

83 through 86 - On Demand?  Premium channels?

87	1-10	*** COULD NOT TUNE
87	11	??? (On Demand adverts)
87	12	??? (On Demand adverts)
87	21-24	Music

88	1-10	*** COULD NOT TUNE
88	11	G4TV
88	12	??? (League Pass adverts)
88	21-24	Music

89	1-11	*** COULD NOT TUNE

90	1-9	*** COULD NOT TUNE
90	21-28	Music

... There are low framerate video streams somewhere in here to go along with
each music channel.  MPlayer is having a hard time with them ...

91	1-7	*** COULD NOT TUNE
91	21-28	Music (22=classical)

92	1-3	*** COULD NOT TUNE
92	4	MTV2
92	5-10	*** COULD NOT TUNE
92	21-27	Music

93	1-10	*** COULD NOT TUNE
93	21-29	Music

94	21-23	Music	

105	1	ESPN PPV (beeeeeep)
105	2-7	*** COULD NOT TUNE
105	9-10	*** COULD NOT TUNE
105	11	On Demand commercials - 2 boxes
105	12	*** COULD NOT TUNE

107	1	UPN HIGH DEF!!! (Note, this is not even listed)
107	3-5	*** COULD NOT TUNE

108	2	PCN
108	3	*** COULD NOT TUNE
108	6	*** COULD NOT TUNE
108	7	EWTN

114	1	WPVI-DT (ABC)
114	2	WCAU-DT (NBC)
114	3	??? (talk show)
114	4	ABC Weather
114	5	NBC Weather

115	1	WHYY-DT (PBS)
115	2	KYW-DT  (CBS)

116	1	WPHL-DT (WB)
116	2	WTXF-DT (FOX)
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