Originally posted by Crabby Guy
There is clearly a lack of consensus here. Would someone please tell me how an HDTV TiVo and other commercial devices permit recording of HDTV off of anyone's cable box including cable-only channels?
Also, why are over-the-air signals not protected when the same channels on a cable box appear to be?
actually OTA channels on a cable system are NOT supposed to have 5C enabled. the reason is that the forthcoming TVs with built-in QAM decoders (as well as devices like new ATI hd capture card and FusionDTV) are supposed to be able to tune those signals in FOR FREE.
That's because they are carried as part of the FCC's Must Carry statutes.
Now why cable companies ALSO 5c encode stuff like cspan, weather channels, infomercials, shopping channels, et al is anyone's guess.
Here in Atlanta, the entire system, with the exception of the OTA channels is 5c enabled.
Even more baffling - we have Braves games broadcast in HD on channel 755.
It's 5c encoded.
The *EXACT SAME BROADCAST* can be captured OTA off the Channel 17 OTA transmitter for TBS carried ballgames.
Can you say HUH ?
What these cable companies need to do is use 5C for what it was intended to do at the start : protect premium content. That's PPV broadcasts and likely premium movie channels, and pretty much it. There's just no point in locking down all the rest of the stuff too- it's really not worth all that much, content-wise in comparison.
Otherwise a lot of people owning QAM tuners will find them all but useless.