Originally Posted by satviewer2000
For those of you who are still actually reading this thread, I tried to hook up a Firewire hard drive to the DCT (60GB formatted in FAT32) and nothing happened. It was like I didn't do anything at all, because the DCT made no indication whatsoever that there was a hardware device attached to it.
Unfortunately, for those of us in Canada, TIVO is not even an option, as it isn't supported by any of the cable or satellite providers.
The firewire port on the DCT is active but can only be used 2 ways.The first use of that port is as a Firewire interface to a PC if you have the proper device driver (Which XP and Vista have. Not sure about Linux)
Unfortunately, The Firewire interface to a PC is rather limited in it's usefulness because if the 5C flag is set ie. the channel is encrypted, you will get a recording on your disk of a bunch of 1's and 0's with no way to de-crypt them.
I have Verizon FIOS in Maryland and here is what I have learned:
The channel numbers of 4 through 49 are the Analog channels and they are NOT encrypted.
The channel numbers of 801 through 814 are the Digital local channels (CBS,NBC,etc.) from Washington D.C and Baltimore are NOT encrypted.
I guess they goofed because NGCHD,MTVHD,FOODHD,HGTV are also NOT encrypted but the Washington FOX Digital station IS encrypted(Data valid as of May,2007 when I tested)
There are also something like 40 Music stations that are NOT encrypted.
A reminder - I can record EVERY channel via firewire but unless it is an un-encrypted channel,the file is not playable because of the 'scrambled' data.
All I care about is digital/High Definition so I am able to record the digital LOCAL stations via Firewire as well as those 4 'premium' stations.EDIT:
This just occurred to me: I must admit that since I got rid of that 6412 in September and got a Cable Card PC that IS my 1.5 TB disk DVR, I have forgotten one other thing that I believe you can do with that Firewire to PC interface.
I recall that I could playback an existing recording from the 6416 and record that as it played back over the firewire interface to my PC's disk.
I will have to search through my posts to verify because when I swtched from Directv to Fios in May,2007 , I did make a lot of posts about this whole Firewire business/
The second use for that firewire port is for connection to a D-VHS recorder.
I have a JVC HM-DH40000U D-VHS deck.
Since it is fully 5C compliant, I can record ANY channel so long as the 5C flag is not set to 'copy never'
In MY case, I never found any station that Verizon had set that flag to 'copy never' so I could record EVERY channel.
It has been speculated that on the Model 6416 HD DVR,which I had, the flag could never be set to 'copy never' as that would prevent the SW from being able to record to the DVR's disk because the SW must be fully 5C compliant.
In other words, if one uses a DVR, due to the nature of the 5C rules, you can record any station to a 5C compliant D-VHS deckSomething different to consider
If you do not want to go the D-VHS route, for $90, you can make yourself a DVR that will record any unencrypted channels.
In the Verizon case and from what I have read, i am sure it is the same with Comcast and others, this '$90 DVR' would be a Local channel only DVR.
This would allow you to dedicate your 6412 to recording the premium content and use the '$90 DVR' for recording the network content.
This is what I have done.
First get a Hauppage HVR-1600 (submodel # 74021) for around $90 and put it in your PC that is connected to your HDTV.
Then put a splitter that you can get from Radio Shack for a few dollars on your cable and connect the 6412 and the HVR-1600 to it.
Then Download the FREE (Donations via Paypal are greatly appreciated) GBPVR DVR SW from here: http://www.gbpvr.com/
Finally, you configure the GBPVR SW and you will have a fully featured DVR that handles any un-encrypted stations.