Originally Posted by jb222
I just got off the phone with the Time Warner Manhattan technical support person and he communicated to me that you are not able to use the firewire ports for recording off the SA8300HDC with the JVC D-VHS recorder.
What do you think.
Thank you for your help.
Not sure about the 8300, maybe the earlier models were not active. What I had to do, was call Time Warner and request a box with active firewire ports. They are legally required to provide if you ask. Since my work prevented me from scheduling an apointment I had to swing by their outlet to exchange my non-HD box, and they said they only had 1 or 2 in stock. They also told me to ask for "John" when I got there about this special box. Believe it or not, John actually sat down with me and ask what I'd do if they didn't have a box with firewire. Well being a reader of AVSforum, I figured the TW rep was just trying to talk me into renting their more expensive HD DVR box, so I simply said probalby switch to DirectTV. He had a FirewireHD box in my hands within 3 minutes!
This fall we are supposed to be able buy boxes from Best Buy, etc. so we don't have to rent cable boxes/remotes anymore. But, I'm not holding my breath because they have been saying that for years(cable likes renting to you forever). By the way, the reason I've never actually switched to DirectTV is because I don't think any of their boxes have firewire that records all(copy once) HD shows to my D-VHS, or the network channels(copy freely) to my firewire equipped computer. Their DVRs are great for time time warping, but suck
for archiving. And with Brett Favre retiring because your God dam Giants beat us in the NFC championship game, I sure am glad that I recorded the whole season on D-VHS and computer! Eli may have come of age, but the Packers sub -whatever his name is- will be hot on his heals. Yea right. Long live Brett!!