|Dec 14, 2012, 07:32 PM||#1|
Using Mac as DVR/PVR/DVHS vs. Cable Company
I recently attempted to use my mac as a digital recorder of a network TV show through the Firewire on my cable box and I came to a sad realization. It's looking like the cable operators and the 'anti-pirating nazis' have won the battle. Years ago, we could program a VCR and watch our preferred show at a later time. Now...I can't find a way to do it without paying extra to the cable company.
Here's what I tried so far:
MacBookPro, FW hard drive, Comcast cable, Motorola RNG110 box, FireRecord (freeware), VLC (freeware), Apple's AVCVideoCap(ture) + related programs (DVHS, etc).
After trying multiple times to capture a network FOX broadcast, I always came up with nothing. I discovered that the Motorola box provided had the 1394 port (Firewire) set to 'Disabled'. Doing more research and finding the FCC's regulation 76.640(i) that states the cable operator shall:
An FCC complaint has been filed.
What do you think: Am I fighting a losing battle here? Is there anyone that is successfully using their mac as a digital VHS?
I know there's other sticky issues that the cable company is doing that are breaking the law, like network TV that is broadcast in full HD, Comcast is reducing the resolution to 480i despite the FCC regulation 76.1904(a) that states:
It's an aggravating and very confusing issue with all the changes to digital signal. Is there anyone out there that still uses their mac as a DVHS? I'd love to hear your setup, cable company, STB model and any extra info, if possible. I'd like to hear other thoughts and opinions, too.
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|Dec 14, 2012, 11:11 PM||#3|
Dump the freeware and buy this: http://www.elgato.com/elgato/na/main...oduct1.en.html
It's a video capture device from EyeTV. You hook your cable box into this via the component cables. It has an IR blaster to change the channel on the cable receiver at the appropriate time to record a show.
You could then have EyeTV export the videos to iTunes and watch them on an Apple TV in a different room in the house.
Lots of info on the EyeTV website, check it out.
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|Jun 9, 2013, 09:46 PM||#6|
I agree, these companies are out of control.
One thing with the eyetv one, I have had issues due to having to many USB hard drives and other devices. Even now that I have reduced the USB devices it is still a bit flaky.
If your cable company uses cablecard, right now basically the only commercial software that works is for windows media center. Hopefully after silicon dust releases it's hdhr4-cc we will have more options, as it hardware transcodes and uses dnla to stream the program to any compatible device.
I am using the eyetv one for now, and waiting to hopefully switch to cablecards once Mac native hardware/software is developed.
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