alright, it didn't blow up on me! Turns out it's some kind of configuration problem. Here's what happens and how i set it up. I make all my templates in pluto, then use the setup wizard and tell linuxmce how i want them controlled. I thought i'd be smart and combine my mythtv input and my satellite tv input at the same time. So when i go to tv it automatically controls my cable box. It actually worked great, only problem is when i reboot the computer i get nothing but fuzz. If I delete the card and reinstall it i get myth back but it doesn't control my cable box again till i do the whole thing all over again. So, i decided this is probably not how it's supposed to be done, so i hooked up a s-video input and set that up to be my input that controls that cable box. This actually works much better, only problem is i don't get anything but a black screen on s-video but i can see the cable box's menu which leads me to believe that once again i am doing something wrong. I know that livetv is supposed to be my outlet for controlling the cable box, but in the video he has it setup exactly the way i do and is using it exactly the way i want. I thought live tv is supposed to be just a way for the signal to passthrough the tvcard and let linuxmce control the cable box while overlaying it's own menu's. Then there is a driecttv which is a different input on the tv that also controls the cable box but allows for high def signal from the cable box. Am I way off here? Any help is appreciated.