[mythtv-users] Copy protection on analog broadcasts?

Michael Lynch lynchmv at gmail.com
Tue Feb 26 17:36:00 UTC 2008

On Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 12:04 PM, Josh White <jaw1959 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Good Afternoon, All!
> Has anyone else noticed strange errors when recording 'Lost" from analog
> cable (In my case, Time Warner in Ithaca, NY)?
> I notice a distinct problem when recording Lost and only when recording Lost
> (I do not see any issues when recording other shows on the same channel with
> the same tuners, or on other shows on other channels that I record while
> Lost is on).  The issues I see include sound dropping out for a second or
> so, rainbow colored interference that eventually becomes gray static, and
> then goes away after a few seconds.  When I get the gray static, I get the
> typical static sound you would get when there is no signal present on an
> analog system (the classic "hiss" or "snow" or whatever you want to call
> it).
> I have 5 tuners in the same box, (2 PVR-500s, and a PVR-250) and I seem to
> have the problem no matter what tuner I use.  At first, I thought it was a
> problem with my setup, but after a few weeks, I've realized I ONLY see the
> problem when recording Lost. I doubt it's a result of overuse of my system,
> since the other recordings taking place at the same time do not show issues.
> I have stress tested my system and I do not seem to have trouble recording 5
> things at once, or watching 5 live streams simultaneously.
> This has me starting to believe it's something caused by the cable company.
> Has anyone else seen this problem?
> - Josh

I had this happen to me when watching Lost live (in Columbus, GA), so
I wouldn't *think* there was more at work than just a bad source.

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