[mythtv-users] TW and firewire nonsense

William william_munson at comcast.net
Sat Jun 20 03:27:59 UTC 2009

On 06/19/2009 10:15 PM, Steve Reilly wrote:
> Below is the latest of many responses ive received about TW turning
> firewire ports on on my SA4250.  What local government would be
> responsible for the cable franchise, who else can i contact besides TW?
> Thanks.
> steve
> This email is in response to your recent inquiry.
>>> Dear
>>> Mr. Reilly
>>> Thank you for writing Time Warner Cable. The
>>> 1394 port on the boxes if really designed for TV/monitors
>>> that have this type of input. Many PCs and external hard
>>> drives have 1394 (firewire) connectors but, because of the
>>> content protection method (5C), which is not generally
>>> supported by that type of device, most PC*s and external
>>> hard drives are not able to use this connection.
>>> Specifically, copy protection is in place and is most likely
>>> the source of your recording issue.
>>> If you have any
>>> additional questions, comments or concerns, please feel free
>>> to contact our office at your convenience. We can be reached
>>> by phone at 1-800-955-0750 from 7AM until 11PM daily. As
>>> always, thank you for taking the time to write us and thank
>>> you for being our customer.
>>> Sincerely,
>>> Customer
>>> Service
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Your pretty well out of luck. I would start looking at devices that can 
capture either the data stream directly or can capture off the component 
video output of your cable box. There are solutions for both.

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