JeffDFD wrote:Let me just say...PittSoccer33 is one nice person and always helping people. Gave me advice on a tv a ways back.
PittSoccer - if you are going to some Pens event or something let me know because if I am there I am buying you a beer or something!
Thanks a bunch. Though I just love this stuff. I am pretty active on some HTPC forums helping people set these things up. It's just my favorite hobby - people can get so much more out of things they already have in their home and don't even realize it. I just helped my boss load all his kids DVDs onto an external hard drive. Now no more risk of the discs getting damaged - their smart tv plays right off the hard drive.
FreeCandy44 wrote:Honestly this is a short term fix. I am thinking about going the recordable DVD player route. All I want to do is record the hockey game. I don't really care about HD, and im not going to burn it to disc. This is basically for the playoffs as long as the pens are in it. Anyways....I will not upgrade comcast and I "borrow" Wifi from my neigjboor. But its very poor quality. My cable box just plugs into the back of the TV ala the cable screwed in hole.
Have you thought about a VCR? From what I understand about those little boxes, they send out an NTSC signal (do you keep the tv on "channel 3" like your old VCR/Nintendo?). That means that the DVD recorder you buy has to have an NTSC tuner in it - those are more rare and more expensive. If the little Comcast box has RCA jacks then any DVD recorder with RCA inputs will work, but make sure you are buying one with a tuner.
Broadcast flags are really only noticed by two groups of people - those who own Tivo boxes and those who use cable card tuners on an HTPC. They're a stupid form of DRM to prevent people from recording and/or manipulating a cable broadcast. There are three main ones -
*Copy Freely (record it, watch it on any pc or device that can read it, cut the commercials out, covert it to another format, burn it to disc, etc). Most cable systems only send local channels out like this.
*Copy Once (record it, watch it on that computer only). Many systems do this to channels like TNT, USA, AMC, etc
*Copy Never - I think only pay per view channels are like this
For a PC only Windows Media Center is capable of recording and watching Copy Once channels. A few other software suites - the mentioned Myth TV, Sage TV (bought out by Google), J River, Next PVR, XBMC (and probably others I'm not familiar with) can only handle Copy Freely.
In the Pittsburgh area Comcast sends everything except some movie channels (the premiums like HBO/Cinemax and some odd ones offs like Retroplex) marked as Copy Freely. I believe nationally they are like that too, and so is Verizon. Time Warner, Cox, Charter, Cablevision, etc customers aren't as lucky. Comcast could change that any day and there would be nothing you can do about it.
Using a capture device completely wipes out dealing with broadcast flags. The trade off is you still need to rent a cable box. It is the only way Dish Network and DirecTV users can record via HTPC.