[mythtv-users] Comcast & Firewire STB's without 5C/Firewire equipment
bradallenfuller at gmail.com
Sat Apr 4 00:28:13 UTC 2009
On Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 5:22 PM, Robert McNamara
<robert.mcnamara at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 5) As for Firewire, the people at the counter called elsewhere to
>> determine that the 1394 interface is not supposed to be enabled by
>> default and can be disabled remotely if they find you are using it but
>> not paying for it. To get it enabled you have to pay the additional
>> $6.99 to allow the STB to drive a second digital device. She didn't
>> know anything about FCC laws so possibly this is true or not true.
> Again, total bullshit. The firewire is exactly like any other video
> output in most respects. There is no way for them to tell if you are
> grabbing video from an unencrypted feed, *they* are the ones blasting
> it out the port. Sounds like someone didn't know their asses from a
> hole in the wall and would prefer to charge you than learn anything.
> Not trying to make *you* feel silly, I'm angry on your behalf. This
> kind of bullshit is intolerable. I worked in a cable headend for a
> few years, this BS is atrocious.
Yeah, I don't know how they would know if there was something on the
end of the 1394. But they could certainly disable the 1394 output
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