Now, I am sure that Megazone is reporting this more accurately than PCMag, but the what the PCMag article drove home was that Cablelabs actually possibly have a legal case.Pcmag said:
Now, as for technicals, my understanding is that cablecos use 480x480 vanilla Mpeg2's (post decrypt). Fine- maybe the SA3 has to strip some Cableco Horse manure from the headers or strip some nonsense streams, but Certainly nothing like transcode, right? Sure maybe they don't do downresing of HD to an SA2, or oops maybe Cablecos sometimes are xmitting shows in res's that don't match the popular DVD supported high and low resolutions that Tivo supports. In that case, you would have to transcode at a TivoServer running Tivo Desktop. So no immediate MRV, but you could basically background transcode all of these on the server then reload back to T3- so they would all be ready for MRV.
The big deal is the legal battle.
Why are we not surprized there when threat of legal action greets practically every Tivo innovation. Ok- I expected a fight over HDTV.
But over TivoToGo and Multiroom viewing of content? Consider any Standard Definition show that I can record on an SA2 machine from a cable STB- I can TTG or MRV that to any other Tivo. BUT if I happened to record the same show using a T3 box, then somehow I shouldn't be allowed to TTG or MRV it.
No invitation to ridicule such a stance. Let's just explore it. Does anyone known / can anyone here imagine the basis for CableLabs' argument.
But jeez- what about those