Originally Posted by hookbill
No, not necessarily. It would depend if you have HD versions of these channels. Regular digital or analog channels generally arn't copy protected.
As I said before, it depends on the system that you're on. On mine, all the of the digital simulcasts of the analog channels are copy protected, even the simulcast of the analog over-the-air standard definition ones. They're perfectly at rights to do that under the current rule, since the analog versions are the true rebroadcasts and they're on the wire in unencrypted form, not marked with protection. Unfortunately, it's the digital simulcasts that get mapped to CableCARD, so I don't have access to the analog versions. If I record something from the standard def CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, PBS or CW channels to save space because it's not in HD anyway and I don't care about PQ of whatever it is, I can't use TTG to move it off; if I'd recorded it from the corresponding HD channel, I could
have moved it. Of course, I'd rarely want to save something like that for posterity, anyway.
If I cared, I could probably complain about the digital simulcasts of the analog OTA channels, but the best I could hope for is that they'd stop mapping them to CableCARDs, giving access to the analog ones. I hear that most systems where they've deployed SDV have converted the digital simulcasts to SDV, giving the analog versions back to CableCARD users.
As for the digital tier stuff, it seems to be hit or miss. I only carry one optional digital tier to get The Tennis Channel; TTC isn't copy protected, and I've checked one or two others in its tier and they don't seem to be either. As might be expected, the SD digital HBO and Showtime tiers are copy protected. The non-OTA HD channels are a mixed bag, with about half of them protected (off the top of my head, I recall that neither Universal HD or MOJO are protected; I know that TNT and the ESPNs are).
Originally Posted by mohanman
So for you the whole tivotogo and multiroom is useless, right? All because of stupid Comcast. Jeez I hate them. I hated them for the past 4 years. Nothing but nuisance. I liked RCN when they were around.
I wouldn't call them altogether useless; it depends on what you watch and want to save. I've preserved the entire season of my favorite couple of shows (Heroes
, Friday Night Lights
) to HDDs on my PC. I plan to get an HD DVD or Blu-ray disc writer so I can save them forever.