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Record HD video via FireWire -- revisited
Authored by: rong on Apr 26, '06 02:54:58PM

It would be helpful if anyone successfully playing this game reported what equipment supplied the HD source signal.

I had no joy using any of the tools mentioned in this hint and previous replies
with a Scientific Atlantic 8300hd box in the Austin, TX Time Warner service region.

However, I did manage to crash the STB many times :). It always recovered fine after going through its very slow boot process. I'm continually amazed by the obvious very low code quality embedded in these cable boxes.

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Record HD video via FireWire -- revisited
Authored by: spiff on Apr 26, '06 08:55:11PM

Details: any firewire-out enabled box... in my case, the Motorola 6200 series. I believe the Motorola 64xx series also supports that as well.

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Record HD video via FireWire -- revisited
Authored by: G5Dude on Apr 27, '06 10:48:27AM
I have a SA 3250HD, running Passport 3.3 build 029, from TWC that works fine. I can record any Copy-Freely HDTV channel TWC carries in my area.

Legally, there are federal regulations stating that they have to provide you with a STB with an active FW port. I experienced a lot of ignorance and a decent uphill battle to convince my local TWC provider of this, but in theory if they don't follow these regulations they face fines and the possibility of losing their charter to provide cable services in your city. At the very least, you should try and get a service credit for as long as they can't get your STB working properly.

See this link to Section 76.640 of the Federal Telecommunications Regulations if you need more information to convince them. Specifically, subsections (b)(4)(i) and (b)(4)(ii), located at the end of the section, apply.

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The Answer to Your Problems
Authored by: EatingPie on Apr 29, '06 06:49:59AM

The 8300HD has a firewire port, but it is not enabled. That is the root of all your problems. This is a HUGE bummer because you can't mix a HD-DVR and HD recording unless you get 2 boxes... and TWC has an stupidly expensive extra charge for two boxes,

For recording, your best bet is the 8250HD as previously noted, and at this point in time TWC SHOULD know about the FCC regulation requiring a firewire-enabled STB.

Unfortunately, it may not be worth it to switch cable boxes. Most TWC in the US encrypt everything except local channels (encrypting locals is illegal). SO if you want to dump HBO-HD or HDNet Movies to your Mac, it's most likely that you won't be able to (you can only record "in the clear" channels to your computer).



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