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Time Warner & CCI protection byte

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by jbaum, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. jbaum

    jbaum New Member

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    I found in the last 48 hours Time Warner in NYC has set CCI protection byte for broadcast channels(CBS, NBC, ABC).

    So, I've lost the ability to download shows to my ipad, which I use traveling.

    Any suggestions?

    Clearly calling Time Warner's customer service number is getting me nowhere.
     
  2. Smirks

    Smirks .:. Hello .:.

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    Are they allowed to do that? I think by law any channels you could get OTA had to be unprotected?

    (Of course I could be making that up... )
     
  3. CuriousMark

    CuriousMark Forum Denizen

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    That is a violation of FCC regulations, if you complain to the FCC they will fix it.
     
  4. Aero 1

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  5. Smirks

    Smirks .:. Hello .:.

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    Encryption != CCI
     
  6. Aero 1

    Aero 1 Member

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    TW probably took it too far, like they do everything. encrypting everything for years and blaming the content holders. This allows them to encrypt and in their minds, also disable transfers.
     
  7. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    Most cable providers have been encrypting most channels for a long time. Encryption and copy protection have absolutely nothing to do with one another.
     
  8. Aero 1

    Aero 1 Member

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    i understand that, i am just speculating.

    Most cable companies encrypt most channels? where is the proof of that? out of the top 5, TW is the only one that flags most channels. verizon, cablevision, comcast, cox (not to sure about them) do not encrypt every single channel like TW does.

    again, i know the difference, so i was just speculating because TW is the ONLY MAJOR provider that has been discussed on this board that encrypts EVERYTHING. My speculation is that since they encrypt EVERYTHING, they took it too far in the NY market.
     
  9. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    You say you understand the difference between encryption and copy protection and yet by this statement you show that you don't. A channel can be copy protected w/o being encrypted and encrypted w/o being copy protected. I assure you that Comcast has for years encrypted almost every channel and has received a waiver to encrypt every channel, including locals, using a ridiculous claim of widespread "theft of service" as justification. In reality (at least IMHO), they just want to be able to charge for every piece of equipment attached to the cable. They have not implemented that yet, at least not here, so the locals are still "Clear QAM", but when they do, no more connecting your digital TV directly to the cable.
     
  10. Aero 1

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    that was my mistake, im all over the place today. ill try to clarify my mere speculation: TW probably went overboard and encrypted and flagged the OTA channels after they took them out of the clear due to the cablevision precedent. Since they already flagged every channel except OTA, they went ahead with their over reaching.
     
  11. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    You may be right, but I suspect it's more likely due to laziness/incompetence. Whatever encryption process they employ probably also sets the CCI to "Copy Once".

    This could possibly result in a good thing for TWC customers with TiVos. If they are forced to separate the two, they may cease setting the CCI for everything and only do it for channels where the content provider has requested it. Unfortunately, the more likely scenario is that they will obfuscate and delay, even if you assume that the FCC takes action at all.
     
  12. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Encryption is why you have to use a cable card, and they can do that, both technically and legally, to everything they send down the line non-analog.

    Setting the anti-copy bit can be done on a digital signal, encrypted or not, but they aren't supposed to be allowed to do it to the broadcast channels they retransmit, so sic the FCC on them.

    For channels like TNT, USA, etc., you're out of luck.
     
  13. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    Actually, they need to an FCC waiver to encrypt locals.
     
  14. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    I think the FCC changed the rules so that if all the channels are digital, and there is no analog simulcasting going on, then they're allowed to encrypt everything without a waiver.
     
  15. jbaum

    jbaum New Member

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    After calls with Time Warner, getting nowhere, I filed a compliant with the FCC.
     
  16. craigf

    craigf New Member

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    TWC here in LA put copy never setting on a subscription channel which wouldn't allow a recording. I called them to no avail. They blamed the programmer. I ended up calling the programmer directly and told them that I had been a long time subscriber and was canceling because of "their" new policy. Obviously, this had been a lie. They ended up calling TWC and got the CCI bit adjusted.
     
  17. jbaum

    jbaum New Member

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    Interesting, Time Warner told me that it was the networks. I gave up at the point as I knew that wasn't true. Do you think I can complain to the network or the local affiliate?
     
  18. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    FCC.
     
  19. NotNowChief

    NotNowChief Addicted to TiVo

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    I've been saying this for years. I was finally able to get FiOS last year and couldn't order it fast enough to get away from TWCNYC. At the time I was using two TiVo HDs, and I couldn't even use "Multi-Room Viewing" for the local channels because they had everything locked down. Yes, Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, even PBS.

    Everyone always says "they can't do that!". Well, they did, they continue to do so, and there is nothing that anyone is going to do about it because they are one of the most atrocious companies I have ever had to deal with.

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    Edit: Maybe it was just my borough that had everything locked down for so long, so I'm surprised to hear that you were just subjected to this recently.
     
  20. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    Might not do any good with the government being shutdown.
    No one will be there to respond.
     

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