Originally Posted by skibum5000
Hmm I just saw a couple people on a Broadband forum claim that Fios, as of June this year, had nothing protected on any channel. Seems hard to believe and maybe they haven't tried to copy recordings to a new computer yet but they seemed to claim they worked in anything.
Believe what you want, but it is true for NoVA/MD FIOS on all but a handful of premium channels (HBO etc) and one or two oddball specific shows (none I'll ever record).
Either the copy flag is set or its not, and you can tell right away from the tuner diagnostics for that channel. No extra "testing" is required.
I plan on testing out shows via linux with the prime once I get it (have a ceton in use in MD right now) and you can't get farther away from DRM than that.
CableCARD tuners are the biggest disappointment to me since I discovered that there is no Easter Beagle. Granted, the magnitude of the horribleness of the experience is greatly influenced by your provider, but in my case, I would rather shave my head with a cheese grater than put another CableCARD tuner in place as part of my MCE setup.
Greatly is an understatement, since your two issues are 100% the fault of their equipment and settings, not the tuner itself.
The only issues I had were install issues, and I had worse problems with my tivo (still not quite fixed). Considering their own STB died on me (even while on a UPS, so it failed all by itself) with a far worse interface and 0 extra features, a one time headache was nothing to cut monthly fees and get more.
Anyways at $130 and a little computer magic help from me I think some relatives are going to be ditching their STBs too.