Hi, I've been on the Lightspeed 80G package for a while now, and I'm strongly considering getting their Digital TV, since this month there is no connection fee, but I've been utterly unable to find vital information about the STBs they use. I've put together a PVR machine out of bits I had lying around, with a Hauppage WinTV PVR500MCE (Dual tuner card with dual hardware MPEG-2 encoders), a 400gb raid array for recordings, and running Gentoo Linux with MythTV, but I keep hearing differing stories as to what sort of outputs the STBs offer.
Basically I'd just like answers to the following questions
Which configurations of outputs are avaliable - can I get S-Video or not?
Does it have a serial port to allow the scheduler to change channels, or will I need a less reliable IR blaster?
Will splitting the connection to allow me to plug in a second non-decrypted stream for recording the FTA channels have a noticeable impact?
Additionally, the room I'll be getting the decoder put in is the same one the modem is in, which is reasonably far from the street, does this mean they'll simply split off the cable at the room, or lay a second one? - I already find the performance pretty sub-par, as I only get around 3mbit rather than 10mbit, and if it were to be split and degrade the performance even further, it would be entirely unacceptable - Its only a step above at the moment.
Thanks in advance for any and all answers.