Originally Posted by Green Turtle
I was referring to CCI (Copy Control Information) bits in regards to why some people encountered their recordings not going through on certain channels. As far as the SPDIF problem you are encountering, I'm not exactly sure what is going on there. In the menu (Sony's, not the Tv Guide), go to preferences then audio then dolby digital, is it set to Auto On?
Right, but your information basically confirms the problem I'm experiencing as described by this:
"CCI is information that describes the duplication rules for an item of digital content. It is intended to reduce illegal duplication and subsequent distribution of video and audio content subject to copyright restrictions. Content providers indicate illegal duplication and distribution of entertainment content as a leading cause of revenue loss. Although copying of content by analog equipment such as VHS VCRs would still be possible and has been ongoing for many years, the content copied to such devices is stored at a reduced quality level because of the nature of that equipment and the storage medium. Digital storage devices would have no inherent qualities such that the copied content would be reduced in quality. In fact, such equipment would be capable of perfect storage of the original digital content. This perfect storage capability is a primary motivation for the requirement to include CCI information in all high value content. In the case of the CableCARD/Host interface, a specification exists that describes how content that has been decrypted by the CableCARD module must be re-encrypted on the CableCARD-Host interface if the CCI value for the content indicates that it is high value. Hosts that receive content from the CableCARD module that is marked with high value CCI must also protect that content on any of its digital outputs, such as a 1394 output.
Inclusion of CCI support in the CableCARD module and Host as well as the system infrastructure is required to protect high value content. Newer set-top-boxes (STBs) with embedded security will also include digital outputs requiring system infrastructure support to protect high value content. CCI will be carried along with digital content steams from the headend and can be set on a service-byservice basis with the installation of DAC release 2.97. The four possible values that CCI may take on and their meaning are indicated in the table below:
CCI Text Description
Copy Freely ------- Any number of copies may be produced.
Copy No More ---- A copy of the content has already occurred and no more copies are permitted.
Copy Once -------- Only one copy of the content is permitted.
Copy Never ------- Copying of the content is never permitted."
I believe my CATV provider: Albany Time Warner, has set the CCI value to "high" on most of the digital channels thus rendering the optical audio out interface of my TV inoperable. It is interesting to note I do receive DD on the local HD channels: ABC-HD, NBC-HD, CBS-HD, FOX-HD, PBS-HD & ESPN-HD; but not on 100s of other digital channels. My assumption is if Albany Time Warner would modify the Copy Never setting and change it to Copy Once this would meet both goals of protecting their digital content and enable the subscriber to fully use their in-home digital devices receiving the full digital signal being paid for.