[mythtv-users] Failed Firewire recording

Greg Woods greg at gregandeva.net
Sat Jun 20 16:08:20 UTC 2009

On Sat, 2009-06-20 at 09:11 -0400, Harry Devine wrote:
>  why would 1 channel work and the other one not?  Could it be 
> the 5C encryption? 

Possibly. If you search the gossamer-threads archives, you can find a
procedure for determining whether a given channel is 5C encrypted or
not, but it's a painstaking, channel-by-channel process.

>  I was under the impression that once the signal came 
> into the box, the signal/stream is unencrypted and the output is sent 
> out to the box outputs (HDMI, Component Video, Firewire, etc.).

That is definitely not true. There are many channels on my box that come
out the component and HDMI outputs, but are not available in the clear
on firewire. I gave up on firewire (for recording, it works great for
channel changing) a long time ago. There weren't any channels available
on firewire that were not available right off the cable to my HDHomerun.
I bought an HD-PVR instead. But this is something that seems to vary
with your local cable company. Some people report that they CAN get all
or most of their channels via firewire. YMMV.


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