I have a few questions for the experts here.
Hope someone can answer my questions.
What I'm wondering is about the upcoming July 1st Broadcast Flag date.
Once this date occurs how will the current and older D-VHS recorders and computer harddrive recorders/My HD cards / and standalone HD receivers with Firewire be affected by the Broadcast Flag.
Will all this equipment still ignore the flag and allow unlimited exact digital dupes?
Example: D-VHS recording off air to another D-VHS deck so you could edit out the commercials and have a dupe without commericals or just simply a backup dupe of some special programming you wanted to have for future viewing that might be a rarity.
Will all current gear just ignore the flag whereas all new gear will block recordings if the flag is present or at least block backup digital firewire HD dupes to another deck off the first gen. master you made.
Also, tied to this same Flag theme is it a good idea to get the My HD card now so you have it for later use and is there any advantage to this and building your own media center for HD recording via broadcast/firewire.
I hope someone can clear up my confusion regarding the Broadcast Flag and recorders.
BTW, I realize it's up to the broadcaster to turn it on.
But I'm wanting to know in regards to "if they do turn it on", then what happens for my abilities to record.
Thanks for the help, bjf