Originally Posted by artwire
Really? Is that happening with the newer model magnavox, or with one of the older recorders? I've encountered a few false flag settings over the years, sometimes triggering an error when trying to record, but when I call the cable company they generally reset things and it goes away.
Are these restrictions established by TWC or by the individual channels? ( I thought comcast was bad, but that's ridiculous ) I have never encountered an AMC recording problem on the old maggie, recorded via L1 cable box, and I often grab their rerun vs recording the first broadcast, but possibly not 4 days later. This all sounds grim. Or are you saying ithe show can be recorded but not duplicated subsequently?
In any case, I'm interested in knowing if this is a cable issue or a crippled hardware issue, and if it's only the new ones, or a problem with the older models, as well. (trying to determine if there will be any surprises beyond the limitations I already am aware of)
This is with a 515, but now that you mention it I may be making an invalid assumption in that my Cisco STB doesn't have composite or S-video out so I'm actually recording its component-out and that may make a difference. My recollection is that my former (pre-OD) STB that did have composite had similar restrictions. My older 2160A and 3576 are in a different room from the STB but over the years both have experienced an occasional "accidental" record-once, sometimes just within a commercial so fixed after editing.
Record-once means it won't let you dub to DVD.
Since the restrictions are channel-specific I assume it's not just some arbitrary TWC policy. I tend to give TWC the benefit of the doubt on this since they're still giving me unscrambled and unrestricted digital locals plus 50-ish analog channels including TNT, USA, SyFy, FX, AMC. FX and BBCA also give me unrestricted live and next-day OD access through the STB, so things could be far worse for me.
Re AMC, I'm speaking of OD. I'm not sure if the 4-day policy applies to live - I'll try that sometime. I do know that the TNT and SyFy restrictions apply to both, and the lack of restrictions on BBCA and FX apply to both.
But all I'm really saying is that nothing should be assumed without checking out first, and even then is subject to change at the whim of the providers...