Thanks for the detailed response.
Originally Posted by bigRoN
Due to the nature of its network, the TIVO-HD will not work to record HDTV from SureWest. Their signal is nothing like any traditional cable TV company. You can't bypass a converter box, a converter box is always required.
Ok, understandable. One of the sales agents said that the signals can be delivered over coaxial at one point. If over coaxial, then the signal could be relayed as 8VSB or ClearQAM for a regular tuner (including a PC tuner) to get it. I have no idea if they were misinformed or something else. Presumably, the fiber breakout box has an Ethernet RJ-45 output. Does it also have coaxial at any point? I have never seen any pictures of the SureWest equipment.
Because a convert box outputs HDTV via component or HDMI, these either can't be recorded or most people can't justify the expense of a recorder capable of recording the HDTV off the component output (I've seen recorders, they were just ridiculously expensive)... TiVO for one cannot record this output.
Correct. I think that Sling Media makes a new Slingbox PRO-HD, but it only takes in component video, not HDMI, and the full HD streaming is limited to certain platforms.
Is the hard drive of the SureWest DVR equipment upgradeable? Has anyone tried it?
I know that a lot of ink has been spilled on opening up the cable platform, between the FCC's requirements for CableCARD (largely unsuccessful, but at least an option) and IEEE-1394/FireWire output (also very non-intuitive, but again an option). So: 1. presumably SureWest does not offer CableCARDs, since it has no coaxial feed, unless their converter box offers a coaxial transcoder. But: 2. Do SureWest's boxes have FireWire output? Has anyone tried to view or record shows over the FireWire connection? See how to set it up for Mac