Originally Posted by RKCRLR
-No the only supported recording is via a micro SD hard
-No, recordings can only be viewed on the device that they are recorded on currently
-No, this listing is correct. For the content that is avail on the STREAM+ it is all compatible with HDCP 1.4
Well, that's pretty much the end for me (I have a DVR+). I live and die on my USB recordings, which I regularly detach from the unit to access on my computer, in order to copy over to edit out commercials (thank you, DVR Lister!!!). Yes, it would be nice if I could network the external DVR+ drive so I would never have to disconnect/reconnect, but at least I can integrate my recordings with the rest of my video library, and save oodles of space over the long-term by removing the commercials. If the Stream+ can't do that, then it's not for me. Proprietary recordings that can only play back on the Stream+ are unfortunately a no-no for me.
There is one glimmer of hope: The response on the HDCP was wrong. As others have pointed out, it's 2.2, not 1.4. So there's a slim chance that the person you were talking too was not necessarily that reliable or accurate, meaning that the SD card recordings may be detachable and playable on other devices after all.
Regardless, when and if USB becomes available, will it have the same restriction? Seems to me it would be cheaper for them simply to make that work the way it does for the DVR+; less R & D that way. On the other hand, proprietary recording may be the wave of the future. There's a deeply disturbing rumor, that has been mentioned, I believe, in this thread, that the coming ATSC 3.0 will have all sorts of horrible restrictions, such as not being able to fast forward through commercials, not being able to play it back on any device other than its own recording device, etc. etc. Obviously, one hopes that the reality proves less depressing than the fear.
And, of course, if we all had a dime for every time Channel Master says this is coming and that is coming, and then it never comes, we'd all be rich. So if USB capability never comes, that too would be a deal-killer for me.
Regardless, based on what I've read so far, there's no way I'd even consider buying it at this point. Recordings would have to become easily accessible on other devices, and USB capability would have to be added, before I'd think about making the switch.