Originally Posted by kevin120
TWC is already planning on going all digital anyways and encryption is likely to follow I have cable boxes so that isn't a problem. TWC has mentioned LA and other markets are in the process of going all digital so I don't know which ones besides LA but Dallas is likely on top of the list lol!
All-digital is pretty much inevitable, but as long as the locals aren't encrypted, you can still use your own equipment to watch or record.
If they encrypt, you'll be forced to use TWC's cable boxes, etc. Not a big deal for live viewing, but having to use a cable box makes direct digital recording impossible. Even analog HD recording is very unlikely, as many cable boxes have no component video outputs. (Analog SD recording may be possible if the box doesn't implement Macrovision to impede that too.)
Best bet for recording encrypted cable is a CableCARD device, such as a TiVo DVR or HDHomeRun Prime tuner. But then, TWC throws up another hurdle: the copy-once flag, which tells CableCARD devices to re-encrypt the recording so it can't be transferred to another device. Only the device which originally recorded the show can play it back.
Many cable companies only set copy-once on premium content (HBO, etc.) but TWC sets it on pretty much everything they encrypt. We'll have to see if they set copy-once on the locals if they encrypt them too someday. If so, you'll appreciate having OTA in addition to cable.