Recording Error E25 for certain channels
I have Comcast Cable box (STB) RNG110 and a Magnavox MDR515H/F7 HDD/DVD recorder with digital tuner. I do NOT have or want a DVR. My Magnavox is slaved to the cable box. Yesterday I discovered that I could not record "network" channels-I received "Recording Error, This program is not allowed to be recorded E25". This only occurs for network channels (PBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, etc) regardless of whether I try standard or high definition. I can record these channels by using the OTA transmissions I receive through RCA rabbit ears (which feeds into the coax in-I did this because timer programming is MUCH simpler using the Magnavox tuner and timer without fussing with the cable guide (and frankly, most of the time the cable does not change channels)) or by using the DTA cable box (but then I cannot have the recorder change the station). I can, however, record ESPN, HBO, HGTV etc. in high definition. Repeated calls to Comcast were useless as they claim hands off for third party equipment.
Has anyone else run into this? I suspect that Comcast has inserted some encryption into the STB and while my workaround with the rabbit ears is okay for now, I am concerned that it will propagate to other channels over time. Any advice is appreciated.