First...this is an impressive, intense thread. You are all to be congratulated on your intelligence and persistence. I swear I attempted due diligence and I have read 3/4s of it. I also did a search in the thread on my box and cable company...nothing. So, I volunteer myself to be the SA8000HD/CharterCommunications pioneer and report results to this thread.
I live in Pasadena, CA. The company is Charter Communications
. I have been with them for 5 years. I have their top-class 3000k/sec internet access and digital cable TV with most of the premium channels. It's a good package and a good company, IMHO.
I have ordered their HDTV/DVR combo service and have an install appointment for Tuesday. They have informed me I will be receiving the following STB:Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8000HD.
This is the SA 8000HD user manual, warning it is an 800K pdf
I called two different times to get the dope on this box. They have told me the DIV port is not enabled, that while I CAN 'record' digital and HD content onto the hard drive in the box (DVR) I cannot port it out from the DVR to a DVD recorder at full quality, but that there IS a way to record at standard quality to a VCR. [gee, thanks.].
I asked about firewire. I have been assured that the firewire ports (2 on board) are enabled and that the content WILL stream out the firewire ports "but Charter does not support any issues outside the box on this port." I did not open the can of worms about protection and flags and such. They promised to bring me a firewire cable! [never mind the cable...just don't set any no-record-for-you flags, etc., in the stream, i say]
My Mac is a G4 Dual 450MHz with 768MB RAM OSX 10.3.4 build 7H63 20 Gig HD (see my P.S)
During the installation, can I link by firewire and at least tell if the stream is active, while they are still there? I would appreciate any comments from the forum about "Things I should say and do before and during the installation!"
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P.S. I need advice on purchase of hard drives.
Just go for size/cost best deal or do I need 7200 minimum, etc.
External? Can't I buy one or two fast internal?
Firewire from cable box must go into computer firewire port, right?