[mythtv-users] ATTENTION: Want to help remove 5C FireWire encryption?

Steven Adeff adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com
Wed Feb 7 20:20:32 UTC 2007

On 2/7/07, Scott Alfter <mythtv at salfter.dyndns.org> wrote:
> Eric Smith top-posted (grr):
> > Not too long ago I got an update on my STB from time warner and I lost
> > FOX over firewire.  I was under the impression that this was one of
> > those channels that would be required to be unencrypted so I called TW
> > to investigate.  The story I received was that the encryption levels
> > had not changed but that certain channels would no longer stream over
> > firewire because the firewire stream could not support the emergency
> > broadcast signal.  Has any one else run into this?
> That sounds like an excuse worthy of the BOFH.  The "emergency broadcast
> signal" in question is just some audio that cuts off the original audio and
> some graphics genlocked over the video, which would then be (re)encoded and
> sent down the pipe.  How else would it be viewable on a TV?
> Lately, I've noticed that local HD channels no longer come in over FireWire; I
> keep getting a bunch of errors.  I've since installed an A180, which does a
> better job capturing HD than I ever got through FireWire anyway.  I still have
> the cable box plugged in to pick up the non-HD digital cable channels.
> On the plus side, it seems like Cox is making more of the channels <100
> available in digital form.  I can now pick up SciFi over FireWire, which means
> I now get clean recordings of Battlestar Galactica instead of the
> interference-riddled recordings I got with the crappy tuners on my PVR500.
> (I've had half a thought about just yanking the PVR500 back out and putting a
> PVR150 in its place, as most of the analog channels I watch are now available
> digitally as well.)

I just wish Comcast would send the analog channels digitally as well
for those of us paying for their "digital" tier...

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