I'm recording digital TV with a cable card to my hard drive just like a DVR. It is using Windows Media Center and creates files with a .wtv extention. If I watch them on the PC, all is just fine. But if I try to watch them across the network at all, they crash in the middle of the movie.
I suspect it is DMS causing the crash and I'm wondering if any of you might be able to pitch an idea that might help. I've tried converting to another file format with a couple of other tools I have, but they don't remove the DMS for some reason. They claim that they do, but .... I just want to be able to watch them elsewhere in the house on a TV rather than the PC. I also recorded a TV show for my sister and wanted to get it to her. But since it is going to crash, I haven't figured out what to do yet.
Thanks... the newbie....
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What are you using on the PC to record? Software and hardware please. How are you connected from the cable device to your PC - via HDMI, component, composite, etc.?
DRM can't be removed from protected WTV recordings. However, it might be good to know what you are recording. HBO, for example, will certainly have DRM on it. Shows on Fox, CBS, NBC and ABC should not be protected. Most programs are actually not protected, but some of this depends on your cable provider and how you are setup. Some cable providers have been known to screw up and protect things they are not supposed to. However, if you record via component or composite you shouldn't get DRM. Recording via firewire or HDMI is another matter.
What tools have you used for conversion? DVRMSToolbox and MC-TVConverter are probably the best. They shouldn't work with truly DRMed content so if you get output from them without errors, it should be OK.
I'm using a Ceton InfiniTV USB which contains the card. Verizon (FIOS @ 35/35) is the provider. I'm using Windows Media Center which creates the wtv files. The record/playback works just fine as long as I don't view it across the network.
I'm recording Showtime (HD) and Max (HD) to get the movies I want to watch later, along with a few Fox TV shows (720p). I can't view ANY of them anywhere but on the PC they were recorded on.
I can rip and store my DVD's in MKV format, then I just copy to my NAS drive and I can view them on the TV with Boxee Box. I was hoping to be able to just go over the network with Boxee and view these recordings. I thought it would be just like watching something revorded on the DVR.
Wondershare Video Converter Platinum claims to allow me to just convert the format to .ts or mpeg and I should be able to view them. Not so. Would DVD Fab or something like that work? I guess I just don't understand how the DRM works.
If you find a crack, please let us all know!
Changed the title so more people can help and moved to the media center pc forum,doesn't belong in user guides forum.I think,therefore i am a hamster.
Windows Media Center compatible media extender. As far as i can find out, the XBox 360 is the only such product that is readily available at present. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/set-up-a-windows-media-center-extender
Recording the screen is the only way to get around the encryption used. Supposedly it is the same as what is used for Silverlight.
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I wonder if you ran Windows Media Center in a virtual machine if you would then have an immortal Windows installation that you could clone and run on other computers via the VM?
If Microsoft and the makers of the CableCARD tuners had been unwilling to do what CableLabs wanted, there would be no PC-based recording solution for digital cable in the US. The cable industry doesn't want customers to use their own equipment, even though they can still charge customers a "digital outlet fee" for a using a TiVo or PC CableCARD tuner that makes it nearly as expensive as a cable box rental. The FCC is the only entity that has the power to force the cable industry to do anything that they don't want to do, and even that power is limited.
I don't think running WMC in a virtual machine will be useful. From what I recall, encryption is tied to the motherboard as well as the Windows 7 license, but the key also changes over time. If the operating system is restored from a backup to the exact same physical system, some recordings may still be unavailable. http://www.sevenforums.com/media-center/153010-why-isnt-copy-protected-wtv-usable-afte...-restore.htmll.
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