FCC granted Motorola/Intel's waiver request, so they no longer have to provide a
Firewire (IEEE-1394) I/F on all HD STB/DVRs, as long as they REPLACE it with an
equivalent Ethernet I/F (or Wi-Fi) to an external networking/recording device....
(e.g. a "suitably equipped" PC with Multi-Terabyte HDDs).
Here's the legal mumbo-gumbo:http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_publi...-10-1094A1.pdf
It's an INTERIM waiver....final rules are still "under consideration"...
Current rule mandating that cable operators must offer an HD box
with a (working) IEEE-1394 (Firewire) I/F is still in effect, so current
owners of D-VHS HDTV Recorders can continue trying to justify and
amortize the high cost we paid for that little extravagance:"We note that we do not waive Section 76.640(b)(4)(i)29 of our rules,
which allows a consumer to request a high-definition device
with a functional IEEE 1394 interface from his or her cable operator."
NOTE THE USE OF THE WORD "FUNCTIONAL"
Although this has been a MOTOROLA/INTEL technology thrust,
other boxes already have Ethernet I/Fs and could readily apply the
HDCP encryption/copy control software to that I/F. These
agreements allow for COPY FREELY for Clear (OTA) broadcasts,
COPY ONCE for most cable offerings and COPY NEVER for PPV/ETC.
Time to investigate what might be available to record this
new data stream with the requisite HDCP decryption and
copy control software.....
PS: TiVo did NOT get their little "rule clarification" to be
waivered out of the Firewire and/or Ethernet I/F mandate if the
host cable company was already meeting the requirements....
And of course, HDCP via IP and Wi-Fi specs, they are a-changing:http://www.digital-cp.com/files/stat...%20rev%202.pdfhttp://www.businesswire.com/portal/s...21&newsLang=en
So I'll bet we'll have to buy a PC with HDCP rules built into the core
processors before we can record encrypted cable programs......