Originally Posted by meta
i'm also in west LA & just switched over to TW from Comcast. just recorded 'saving pvt ryan' and successfully dumped to my JVC 5U. also dumped another cinemax? showtime? movie from a month ago from motorola to D-VHS. so no problems for me.
Taking what you've said into account, I just explored my own second option... through my second D-VHS VCR, a JVC DT100U. I have two boxes: JVC 40K, and JVC DT100U.
And, miraculously, like your results, I have NO PROBLEM when I use my JVC DT100U!! However the problem remains with my JVC 40K!
In other words, I am "unrestricted" in my ability to watch/offload from DVR through DT100U, either with live or previously recorded content from the three categories of HD digital source channels: (1) OTA HD locals carried by TWC, (2) non-premium HD, e.g. ESPNHD, DiscHD, INHD, etc., and (3) premium HD, e.gl. HBOHD, SHOHD, etc. This is 100% normal, and exactly as it was under Comcast.
However through the 40K, I am only "unrestricted" with category (1) above, the OTA HD locals. The other two categories produce a "cannot decode" error message from the 40K!
It's almost as if the list of "approved 5C-compliant devices" known to the 6412 DVR has been changed, with the 40K no longer in the list for anything but OTA HD locals... only the DT100U, and also your 5U! But I'd be hard-pressed to figure out what the 5C flags are that can trigger such a difference of behavior for the two VCRs.
Even if that were true, that the list of 5C-compliant devices for the 6412 for some reason no longer contains the 40K, there's still the mystery about why the non-premium and premium HD channels are both now being treated the same for the 40K, since I thought the non-premium channels were "copy always" just like the OTA HD locals. And this strange behavior is for both current "live" content as well as previously Comcast-recorded content.
And even "copy once" allows offloading from DVR to D-VHS for one generation. The only possible explanation for this is if the 40K is not being seen as "5C-compliant" any longer, so maybe there's a special 5C-flag situation for OTA HD locals that "forgives the non-5C-compliant device" and allows just those OTA HD locals to be offloaded anyway.
Very strange. But I will call the TWC VP of Engineering tomorrow morning to update him on these new findings.
Many many thanks for your insight. I don't know why I hadn't tried my DT100U previously, except that I had been intending to use the 40K in this latest batch of offloads.
Anyway, at least the urgency of my situation is now gone. Obviously I can still use the DT100U to offload whatever I want. Resolving the 40K problem is no longer a crisis.