MS Media Center + MC Extender (Xbox 360 or Ceton Echo) - Recording & Playback of DRM
These questions are for anyone who is using Microsoft Media Center on Windows 7, a multi-stream CableCARD tuner such as the HD HomeRun Prime or Ceton InfiniTV and a Media Center Extender. As far as I know, the only actively manufactured Extenders are the Xbox 360 and the Ceton Echo, although several other models (HP, Linksys, etc) were previously made and discontinued.
Q. - Can Media Center record all DRM'd programs (flagged "Copy-Never" or "Copy-Once") to which I am properly subscribed by my local cabletv provider?
Q. - Can a Media Center Extender (Xbox 360 or Ceton Echo) playback everything that Media Center can record?
I've spent hours reading on the interwebs and yet the answers to the above elude me. The dvr in the settop box that I rent from my cabletv provider can record everything to which I am subscribed, so that's the benchmark. If Media Center can't also record everything that my rented STB can record, then Media Center is not an attractive alternative. Furthermore, if an Extender can't playback everything that MC can record, then it's much less attractive. On the other hand, if MC can record all that my rented dvr can record and if an MCE can playback everything that the MC can record, then I'm finished with paying $20.49 a month to rent a STB+dvr.
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