Originally Posted by ChrisL01
You are correct, you can't edit and/or burn the content to DVD's. While CableLabs actually permits burning of some content (I think Copy Freely onlt), it's not supported at all in Windows Vista.
I talked to the MSFT Vista folks re: cablecard today. It's a pretty bad situation. here are some of the restrictions:
1) Vista system A has cablecard and record program to NAS storage. Vista machine B which also has cable card (a different card) cannot playback recorded programming from A, and vice versa. Playback only occurs on the system it was recorded on.
2) Vista can stream cablecard content to the Xbox 360, but if the digital path is not fully protected, the video is downrezzed to prevent copying.
3) The Vista and OCUR licenses are tied together. The cablecard will only on an ocur that is tied together with a new OEM version of vista. If the computer that OCUR is plugged into dies, you can restore from a backup and be able to access all your archived cablecarde content. But if you replace it with another OEM machine (say a newer model to replace the dead old model) then you lose access to the recorded video.
I asked them if they thought that customers will like all these limits when it's explained what you can and cant do. They said they didn't have any choice in the matter... that answer says a lot.
cablecard under vista mce is neutered, even by MCE standards. Looks like the R5000-HD is the only way to go...