Is it permissible and/or doable to capture both HD and SD content from my cable company to hard disk?
I have four strong computers in my house, including a P4 3.0 MHZ w 1gb RAM and a Macintosh G5 with 2.25 Gb Ram. All four have 19" CRT monitors. The top two have DVD burners.
I live in Pasadena, CA, my cable company is Charter Communications, I already get their digital service. (also broadband internet, distributed by Lynksys router to all four computers)
My 12-year-old RCA television just went kaput. I have no DVD player or TIVO-type system.
I want to move up to HD and into archiving for personal use. Not thrilled with the idea of antennas etc. I have no budget for plasma or projector, etc.
Charter has a tremendous value, for an additional 14.00 per month I can add their full array of HD stations PLUS their DVR service, which acts like TIVO and stores up to 50 hrs of content on a hard drive inside the box they will install here. The DVR can record all HD content, with playback at full quality.
Plan A is/was to get a 30" 16:9 tube such as SONY KV30XBR910 or KV30HS420 and a DVD player with recorder. The (less than solidly certain) contacts at Charter told me that, yes, I could go right out from their signal to a DVD burn, and that I could also go from the "saved" Charter DVR content to the burner. I am dubious about that last. But if either is true, I hope I would be able to pop the DVD with raw footage into my PC and/or Mac and manipulate it. [I have no intent to deprive Charter of any fees, or disbribute content in any way.. strictly for personal use.]
Plan B is tugging at me, however. Don't buy a HD display yet nor the DVDplayer/recorder. Instead, run the cable into a card in either the G5 or the PC. record content onto hard drive, then manipulate with software to edit/snippet and burn to DVD. Play back on the computer monitors. I could replace my dead TV with a simple 250.00 set. Plan b tries to give me 1) direct control over the content and 2) a small purchase budget.
I looked into EyeTv (mac) and MyHD and HD Wonder cards....they seem to only capture OTA-HD, not cable HD. Please correct me if I am wrong on that.
Is there a way to capture SD and HD content from Charter Cable onto the hard drive of a PC or Mac for manipulation and archiving without violating anyone's property rights and with full retention of quality?
Thanks for your help and please don't scream too loud if this newbie post is too naive for this advanced forum.
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