Originally Posted by jsirbak
Are you sure? I have a Motorola DCT-6412 cable box and download videos off of the box onto my PC all the time using the firewire port.
With the Motorola DVR and Firewire, you are copying shows as they are played. You aren't "downloading" shows. Furthermore, this only works on unencrypted channels (i.e. local HD channels); the Motorola DVR encrypts Firewire output for encrypted channels, as well as unencrypted channels marked with the broadcast flag.
TiVo is the only cable DVR that actually allows you to actually download
the shows. You can queue up multiple shows for download, and you can set your favorite series to automatically download whenever your computer is on. A few screenshots:Download shows using a standard web browser.Download shows using the free TiVo Desktop software.Download shows, automatically remove commercials, and re-encode for an iPod/iPhone using the free, Java-based kmttg program.
Note some providers, most notably Brighthouse and Time Warner, severely restrict what you can download.