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Old 12-11-2013, 09:45 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by Dan203 View Post
TiVo is required by Cable Labs rules to "protect the path". That means that the video has to be encrypted all the way from source to display. Their encryption scheme, which was approved by Cable Labs long before the Mini even existed, uses public/private key decryption. The Mini has to be on your account to receive the public key. (i.e. the MAK) They could allow you to enter that manually instead, but since the Mini requires service anyway it makes sense to just pull it automatically from the account. They also use the account to limit abuse of their MSD pricing scheme by limiting the number of devices allowed. (i.e. 10)
Very helpful! Thanks.

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