Originally Posted by CaptMorn2374
The general rule is that only the premiums like hbo, showtime, starz etc are set to copy once and everything else is set to copy freely. I don't have tivo but have not heard of any problems lately. There was an issue with Bio (not the hd one) last year but has been cleared up but that was just for tivo2go if I got the name right. I can look into particular channels tomorrow but hopefully this helps some. You will of course need the cablecard to unlock the channels over limited cable.
Originally Posted by jimre
(Note: I'm assuming all eastside Comcast nodes are configured the same. Also I use Windows Media Center with ATI Cablecard tuner - not a Tivo - but I believe WMC uses the same CCI flag).
Here in North Bend the copy-protection seems to behave as expected - only set for premium channels. Shows recorded from premium channels are locked to the PC that recorded it - if you try to view them from other rooms, you get a copy-protection error.
Shows from non-premium channels can be viewed from any WMC PC in any room, copied to other machines, etc. This includes locals and non-premium cable channels (eg, Disc-HD, FOOD-HD, Disney, etc).
Cool. Thanks for the info, so far. http://www.tivo.com/copyprotection/
lists some of the various CCI byte values and their meanings.
On ~6/7/10, a month before us Verizon FiOS people in WA and OR were transitioned to Frontier, w/o warning they threw the switch and turned on CP (CCI byte = 0x02) on most non-premiums other than locals but VZ has never anyone's paired cards (didn't need to), resulting in an outage for us.
We didn't know what was going on. VZ didn't know how to solve it for >24 hours and finally they had us go thru a process that we found out paired our cards. IIRC, wasted ~2 hours on the phone w/them to get this issue solved.
Then, someone discovered that we went from ALL our channels being 0x00 (copy freely) to most non-locals being 0x02, w/some weird choices as to what they left open (e.g. SD Game Show Network and CNN Headline News "need" CP while SD and HD Science Channel and NGC have no CP, one or two ESPNs are missing CP).
In the past month or so, it seems they closed those CP holes, leaving most (all?) non-local w/0x02.
Of course, VZ/Frontier don't understand the issue, can't be bothered to tell us why (if anything at all), claim it's the content providers and not them, couldn't explain the weird gaps in what they didn't apply CP to, can't explain why other VZ FiOS areas are still in the clear, etc.
As I said, I'm ok w/premiums like HBO or Showtime having CP since I don't subscribe to them anyway.