[mythtv-users] TW and firewire nonsense

greg greg12866 at nycap.rr.com
Sat Jun 20 14:16:32 UTC 2009

William wrote:
> 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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In my TW market (upstate NY) the fire wire port is turned on on the 
We have a franchise board here that over sees cable TV also we have a 
Commission on Cable T at the state level...I have used both to remedy 
problems..It's funny how quickly they respond when you get the 
government on board...

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