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Suppose you have a HTPC running Windows 7 & WMC, together with a HDHomeRun Prime and Comcast Cablecard. Over the course of a year, you accumulate a few terabytes of recorded shows.

Now, suppose one of the following happens:

a) Your cablecard dies & has to be replaced by Comcast

b) A channel you recorded shows from gets dropped by Comcast, or has a merger/acquisition that causes its identity to radically change in a way that's indistinguishable from the old channel going dark and a new one taking its place in the lineup.

c) A channel you recorded shows from (temporarily) goes dark due to a carriage dispute between Comcast and the channel in question.

d) You subscribe to a lesser package that doesn't include the channel (say, dropping HBO, but keeping the core channels like HGTV).

Will any of those scenarios cause you to lose access to the shows you've already recorded? Or does Windows Media Center ONLY guarantee to CableLabs and/or the HDHomeRun that you won't be able to make and distribute additional copies of the recorded show (even if you can view that show forever, as long as the hardware doesn't die)?
 

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I'm fairly sure the recordings are tied to the machine, not the cable device or package, so in theory you could take your computer, and terabytes of recordings, haul it to some deserted island with a generator and watch your recorded shows until you run out of gas. Cable card, nor cable subscription should be necessary to watch programming that has been recorded.
 

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It is tied to the PlayReady install in WMC. Then it is only the copy flagged recordings that gets tied to the install.

If you have copy flagged recordings then make sure you have an image of your install.
 
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