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Old 04-24-2012, 02:39 PM   #1
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Question What channels/shows can Tivo export?

Hi Everyone,

I am considering purchasing a Tivo and was hoping I could get some answers as to what is and is not possible with Tivo. In the past I have used PC based PVR solutions like Snapstream and SageTV. They worked well but came with their own issues (crashes, configuration, etc ..). I am now at a point where I do not want to build another PC/Mac system to serve as a dedicated PVR.

I am planning on purchasing cable for specific channels, such as Biography, History Channel, TLC, and the Military channel. What I am wondering is what channels does Tivo prevent you from exporting?

1. Can you record and export a Pay per View event?
2. Can you record and export cable TV channels like "History Channel", "Discovery", and "Military Channel"?
3. Is there a way to determine what channels/shows can be exported and which ones cannot?

When I say export I mean the ability to transfer the show to an external hard drive where I can edit/convert as necessary with my PC/Mac.

Thank you for any help!
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:53 PM   #2
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You can transfer any program recorded from a channel that is not copy protected.
It's going to depend on what cable company you choose and possibly your location.

Generally, FIOS does not copy protect any channels, while Comcast and Time Warner are at the other end of the spectrum.

Check the Copy Protection Tracking Thread to see if someone has listed a cable company in your area.

http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...d.php?t=451107
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:22 PM   #3
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Thank you. Just what I needed.

Thank you so much for the link to the "Copy Protection Tracking" thread. Unfortunately my cable provider is Time Warner so it looks like all shows are encrypted and cannot be exported. This makes Tivo useless for my needs. Thanks anyway. You helped save me from purchasing something that would be of no use to me.
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