[mythtv-users] Comcast bricked me above 33 so I bricked Comcast with my wallet

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Sat May 8 21:39:13 UTC 2010

On Saturday 08 May 2010 03:20:01 pm Mark Knecht wrote:

> Are there any HDMI devices - especially internal cards - that we know
> of that allow content protected material to be recorded and played
> back by Myth?

Depends on what you mean by "protected". If you mean simply that the analog 
(component) outputs have been shut off per the recent decision, maybe.

The problem is HDCP, which is designed to ensure a "protected path" for 
digital signals. Circumventing it is almost certainly a violation of the DMCA 
(though IANAL).

There was a unit posted here recently that converted HDMI to component, but it 
is described as HDCP "compliant", which I take to mean it won't work with HDCP 
protected content.

Then there is the HDFury, but it's quite expensive, and I'm not sure whether 
it will handle HDCP "protected" material or not.

People who own older HD TV sets with only component inputs have a legitimate 
gripe with this recent decision, they are to trying to copy anything, just 
watch what they have paid for, a fact that seems to have escaped the FCC.

Let's hope these innocent victims become vocal enough to stop this anti-social 
behavior by the Hollywood types.

Of course there's always Usenet :-)

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