Originally Posted by CKNA
US recorder will almost certainly have firewire 5C protected, cable card/tru2way slot and OTA tuner. I have Japanese Panasonic Blu-ray recorder with firewire, which works very well with Cox cable.
Not sure I understand what all that is. I just checked on the 5C thing and I hope not all channels use this copy protection. Would the news use it? I just checked our local cable HD box and it does output through 1394. So I do have that option here. Also does owning a Blu Ray recorder from Japan read this 5C protection? And it seems OTA cards only accept over the air broadcasts which means you'd need the cable box anyway to get the signals. Or am I incorrect on that?
Also found this on the net which was interesting:
"Trolling around the internet I discovered a process to determine if a
channel is 5C protected and therefore cannot be recorded over
FireWire. This applies to the Motorola DCT series of STB.
Tune to the channel you want to check. Press the Cable button then
the Power button to turn the STB off. Immediately after pressing the
Power button press the OK/Select button (mines in the middle fo the
remote). This should bring up the DIAGNOSTICS screen. Press the down
arrow until you get to d11. Press the right arrow to get to the
INTERFACE STATUS page. Under the 1394 I/O DEVICE section you'll see
5C IMPLEMENTATION. If it's any value other than 0 you can't record
that channel via FireWire. Repeat for every other channel you want to
check. To exit press the left arrow then press the down arrow until
you get to Exit and press the right arrow.
I think this will help a lot of unable to record over FireWire
problems I've been reading about. I've noticed a lot of channels in
my area (Eugene, OR) that I used to be able to record failing. I
guess I know why now. "