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Old 01-14-2013, 12:29 AM
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re comcast.. et al, I've not seen any way to pull data from cableCo's set top box/DVR. I've read that you CAN do so with well known hacks to TiVo boxes.

I have recorded from encrypted content on the cable (today, that's most all channels)... using a Hauppage (brand) HD PVR ($150) that takes in component video from a cable box and outputs USB to a PC that has software to record to .ts or .mpg4 format. Used to be SageTV. MS Media Center can do it.

Tricky part for me was getting the software to tune the channel on the set top box via infrared (USB-UIRT device used). Software then does the schedules.

I used this for years, and a predecessor (non-HD) equivalent. Set Top box was one just for the HD PVR; not the set top box used for viewing.

But it's too much of a PITA now. The best part was that the video files were *mine*, free to store, move, etc., not proprietary.

This recording technique is called the "Analog Hole" and cableCo's and content providers want to prohibit it- but they can't, so long as cable boxes have component video-out - which they won't, in a year or so.
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How are you recording from your DVR? Is that something I can do with comcast and my box?
You can but, you need to get this below. I've ditch COMCAST CATV HD and use own HDTV network setup here. All for free. I get about 67 digital channels.

SiliconDust HDHR3-CC HDHomeRun PRIME CableCARD TV tuners

front panel
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...L._AA1500_.jpg

rear panel
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...L._AA1500_.jpg

The above is only for CATV subscribers, the above is a network box use on your network
also requires cable cards from COMCAST. This gives you 4x HD Recording Tuners that
can be shared by all network PCs or network PCs via 1080p HDTV

This is how I do with all network PCs (desktop, laptop, tablet) also smartphones. I have 4x HD Recording Tuners
I use two Gigabit Jumbo MTU 9K laptops as DVRs they are connected to 40 and 46" SONY's both use WD Passport USB 3.0 500GB or TB HDD
The results are excellent HD better than COMCAST gave me. SD also comes out sharp. Strange how some SD channels
are still around. NSA 325 is use to store additional media if I want to watch kept shows or movies. Media Center 7 is what I use to record with.
MS is giving Media Center 8 away for free you can get that from them directly..

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