TiVo HD without cablecard?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by Vidfreaky, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. Vidfreaky

    Vidfreaky New Member

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    Anyone know if there's any chance that TiVo would ever release a box that records HD WITHOUT using cablecard (maybe by using a DVI or HDMI input) for those of us in Canada where there is NO cablecard support?
     
  2. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    The current box records OTA HD without cablecard.
     
  3. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    From what I have read a HDMI stream is restricted from being recorded by HDMI specifications.

    I believe the HD output from component outputs can be recorded but it would take equipment that is more powerful than current TiVos.

    Thanks,
     
  4. smbaker

    smbaker Well-Known Member

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    It also records unencrypted QAM, but without guide data. They seemed to have moved away from the Tivo + cablebox platform, so I doubt you'll see one with HDMI-in support.

    Personally, I started using OTA for my HD channels and have been fairly happy with the quality, even though I pay good money to the cable company for basic cable which includes digital HD networks (but Tivo lacks guide data for them)
     
  5. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    I am assuming that the orginial poster (OP) was asking about recording HD content from a cable or satellite receiver/set-top box's (STB) HD output (DVI, HDMI, or component outputs).

    Do to Digital Rights Management (DRM)/licensing no one can record from a HDMI output.

    See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HDCP

    HD component output streams however can be recorded, the problem is the amount of power need to transcode the HD component stream back into a MPEG 2 or 4 file. The people who seem to be in the know in this forum have indicated the current Series 3/TiVo HD units would not be able to do it even if they had the inputs.

    Personally I would love to have a TiVo HD that could because my only video option is satellite.

    Thanks,
     

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