Originally Posted by CitiBear
Super Eye …here in NYC using Time Warner Cable I have not yet experienced any recording restrictions using the decoder box outputs. Since getting my first JVC, Pioneer and Toshiba DVD/HDD recorders in 2005, and later a Magnavox 2160 and 513, I've never experienced a recording lockout via analog line connections.
Interesting info CitiBear. Do you know if NYC Time Warner Cable sends macrovision over analog outputs for VOD programming? Below is what I know and what I don’t know regarding my situation.
About 12 years ago I got my first digital STB, a Motorola DCT2000 with composite and S-Video outputs. Until last year (when I got my HD PVR Motorola DCX3400-M ) I’ve been recording either out of my recorder's analog tuner or out of the DCT2000 to SVHS and later DVDr . Now-a-days my recordings are from either basic or tiered packages but in the past I did have a premium movie channel package that included HBO and of course I archived a few concerts from there.
I have never encountered any analog macrovision problems and I know the DCT2000 can have macrovision activated. Now since January 2012 I’ve been recording out of my HD PVR but only from the analog outputs and still no macrovision troubles.
My cable co SHAW does send out analog macrovision (and possibly CGMS-A and CGMS-D as well) but according to Shaw they apply the analog macro-vision signal only to VOD content.
See this 2004 article:Shaw Communications Activates Macrovision's VOD Content Protection
Like you I’m macro-free with recording non VOD content out the analog output but what I need to know is if Shaw’s basic cable channels like PBS are using HDCP over HDMI and if I can record HD out of my Motorola DCX3400-M PVR into a unit like the Hauppauge Colossus via HDMI I/O.
I guess I won’t know for sure unless I try it.