[mythtv-users] HDHomeRun Prime

Steven Adeff adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com
Wed May 18 17:16:24 UTC 2011

On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 1:11 PM, Harry Devine <lifter89 at comcast.net> wrote:
> On 5/18/2011 1:00 PM, Steven Adeff wrote:
>> On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 12:37 PM, Harry Devine<lifter89 at comcast.net>  wrote:
>>> On 5/18/2011 12:07 PM, Rod Smith wrote:
>>>> On 05/18/2011 09:17 AM, jr wrote:
>>>>> It looks like the HDHR Prime will be wonderful for those of us with
>>>>> access to copy freely broadcasts.  I am on Time-Warner in the Triad of
>>>>> NC, so I am probably out of luck in that regard, but would like to
>>>>> know for sure. I currently have a cable box (hooked up to an HDPVR and
>>>>> controlled via IR).  Is there a quick and dirty method by which I can
>>>>> discover the list of copy freely channels?  Or is the flag set on a
>>>>> show by show basis?
>>>> Eric Sharkey posted the following to the list on 5/2. It should answer
>>>> your question IF you've got a Motorola box. It worked as claimed on my
>>>> DCH3200. It also worked via the remote control, FWIW.
>>>>> If you have a Motorola based STB you can enter diagnostic mode
>>>>> (usually by pushing the power button to turn the box off, then pushing
>>>>> select or ok on the front panel a couple of times within two seconds
>>>>> of pushing the power button).  That will bring up a menu.  Option "d06
>>>>> Current Channel Status" will show information about the current
>>>>> channel, including the copy control information "CCI" which will have
>>>>> hexadecimal values which can be interpreted as described here:
>>>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copy_Control_Information
>>> Would the scanfw application that is online show this information as
>>> well?  I currently have a Motorola STB with an HD-PVR, mainly because
>>> 90% of what I record can only come from the STB.  Only a few shows are
>>> available on my HDHR.  If I could get some of those shows via the Prime,
>>> I'd order one in a heartbeat.
>> in a round-about way yes.
>> What can be odd though, is what I'm experiencing with the setup I
>> built for my parents. They have TW and their cable box shows copy
>> freely for most all the same stations I show with Comcast, but the box
>> basically will not allow them over firewire. the OTA it will, but the
>> others are next to impossible to get to transfer over firewire. every
>> so often I would luck out.
>> I don't know if that means one shouldn't trust scanfw or shouldn't
>> trust the diagnostic screen, but I'd say your best bet with TW may be
>> to just try the Prime with a cable card to see if it works or not.
> I have Comcast in Southern New Jersey (Atlantic City area), so I'll try
> both methods (scanfw and the diag mode on the STB) and see if its worth
> investing in.
> Thanks,
> Harry

Comcast is generally quite good (all things relative) with their 5C
and firewire so you should be good. Will throw some luck your way
anyway though.

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