Originally Posted by TNO821
I completely agree with DSperber and am nearly certain to soon give up on FireWire capping altogether.
Announcement: I'm throwing in the towel, officially.
After I offload my "Boardwalk Empire" Season #1 episodes 7-12 (still unwatched, as are episodes 4-6) to DVHS, so that I can maybe watch the end of Season #1 so that I can then watch the 12 unwatched episodes I currently have recorded on WMC from Season #2, I will have emptied out my DCH3416. This is not "for posterity", but rather only because I haven't watched these episodes and I want to, and I'm able to copy to DVHS since I don't have the "latest and greatest" DCX equipment.
And that fact, coupled with the "2012 rate increase" letter I just received from TWC which will make my DCH3416 (which I never use anyway since going Ceton in my PC, but am only holding onto for potential firewire-DVHS use for some copy-once content I might want "for posterity"... which hasn't happened since "The Sopranos" went off TV, and BluRay versions of series became available if you really wanted them) now cost me $21/month (up from $19)... in addition to the other $7/month increase for my other services. And that doesn't even count the increase for "basic digital service" which is paid for by my HOA through our "bulk contract" with TWC, but for which I obviously pay my allocation through monthly maintenance.
So... after emptying out my DVH3416 to DVHS by the end of today, I'm going to return my DVR to TWC and be done with it. I used to also record the Olympics to DVHS because I wanted to. But that's essentially all copy-freely (i.e. the high-profile events on NBC) and I can much more easily and selectively produce far more convenient-to-store and convenient-to-view authored BluRay HD directly from my copy-freely WMC/WTV recordings on PC for this special occasion.
True, I will 100% lose the ability to archive copy-once content from DVR to DVHS (for posterity?), but I can also buy/rent BluRay versions of those programs if I really wanted to.
I suppose there is a remote possibility I might want to WRITE to DVHS from my WinXP machine (using CapDVHS) instead of to BluRay, but I can't see why. It still would have to be copy-freely content, and I might as well just create BluRay for that.
So it looks like I will likely never be needing my supply of new-in-a-box blank DVHS tapes I bought a few years ago, just to future-proof myself against their eventual disappearance. If anybody wants to buy brand new DF300 and DF420 JVC tapes, I've got some. PM me. Oh... I've also got five new-in-a-box Sony ED-Beta blank tapes (for my ED-Beta EDV-9000, which itself is back in a box), if anybody wants some of those (which are simply IMPOSSIBLE to get now).
TWC... your rate increases in the lack of competition (I do not have FIOS or U-Verse available in my area, and I do not want satellite) will make your customers run for cover, as I've done. And how about giving us an A28 software update from the initially release August 2009 version we've been stuck with for 2 years, and that still only has a 6-7 day Guide??