Originally Posted by Ken.F
I copy shows from my FiOS Motorola STB to my DVD recorders all the time. I can record live shows, on demand programs and DVR recordings, even from the remote multi-room DVR box. The cable box composite and S-Video outputs will be 480i. 16:9 widescreen programs will be letterboxed so your DVDR recordings will have black bars on all four sides.
All of the SD channels will be output in the 4:3 aspect ratio from the composite or S-Video outputs.
Thi is the kind of thing I was concerned about. Black bars on all four sides is so stupid it's assanine. At least with DirecTV, they have an aspect button to turn letterboxing on or off. My television deals with anamorphic wide screen in a 4:3 aspect ratio, just fine, recovering the original 16:9 aspect ratio (stretch mode) perfectly. I don't need a box that INSISTS on letterboxing HD content when viewed using the SD outputs, in an attampt to SAVE me from what it considers an inevitable bad aspect ratio. It should let ME decide!
Originally Posted by gastrof
Don't forget, guys-
There can be copy-guard signals on many channels which could make off-loading a show difficult if not impossible without a filter of some kind. The converters sold by Monoprice (or some other type of filter) might, in that sense, be considered necessary, rather than an option.
That's another good thing about DirecTV. So far, there have been no issues with content protection. I don't know how long that will last, but so far I haven't seen it on any channel. The HBOs have recently started issuing a weird warning if I attempt to play back some content I have recorded, and start the copy to my DVD recorder, then turn off the television, it stops the playback. For some reason, I need to keep the television on the whole time.