DRM DVR recordings are no longer accessable on Windows 10

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realtimecat
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DRM DVR recordings are no longer accessable on Windows 10

Post by realtimecat » Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:39 pm

Since the October Windows 10 update my DVR capability on HDHomeRun no longer appears to record when encountering broadcasts with DRM. In addition, I am no longer able to play back any of my recordings that contained DRM.

I currently am attempting to get rid of my cable company DVR. Unfortunately my cable provider (Spectrum) has most of our channels other than the standard broadcast over the air channels as DRM, including, for example SyFy (which I do want to be able to record from) and BBC.

Is there any solution I can currently utilize to provide DRM capable DVR recording and playback with my HDHomeRun Prime?

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Re: DRM DVR recordings are no longer accessable on Windows 10

Post by StraightThruTheHeart » Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:03 pm

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GetMatt
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Re: DRM DVR recordings are no longer accessable on Windows 10

Post by GetMatt » Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:03 pm

The only system that can record DRM flagged channels is Windows Media Center. Hopefully HDHR DVR will soon, but currently SD has not given an ETA on that other than that they are working on it and will make it available as soon as they can.

Tinman
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Re: DRM DVR recordings are no longer accessable on Windows 10

Post by Tinman » Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:44 am

Oh if only..... how many years has it been?
It's my only hope, as you can no longer update playready on WMC after January. And my computer will eventually fail in a way that DRM breaks.

While I'm not a fan of the user interface at all, it still is a great solution. But it's as always, useless if it can't timeshift cable. Most people just no longer have the time to watch a program "live".

And... we live in a world where pretty soon you carton of MILK will have DRM so only you can drink it... so this solution will ultimately make or break silicon dust.

It may well turn into "Silicon DUST" as a company.

I doubt cable labs certification is easy or cheap, and I am damned sure the cable co's do NOT want us to have this ability, because... "YOU MUST RENT THE BOOOOOXXXX!!"

I've been holding my breath since the kick starter, but I'm just about at the point of forgetting TV in general and just downloading what I want to watch.

I so badly wanted this to succeed.....

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Re: DRM DVR recordings are no longer accessable on Windows 10

Post by wtg » Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:22 am

realtimecat wrote:
Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:39 pm
Since the October Windows 10 update my DVR capability on HDHomeRun no longer appears to record when encountering broadcasts with DRM. In addition, I am no longer able to play back any of my recordings that contained DRM.
You actually never could do this unless you were using Windows Media Center (which still can, btw). I suspect your confusion comes the difference between encrypted broadcasts and drm-enabled channels. Many cable channels are encrypted and thus require a cable card for watching or recording but otherwise don't have DRM. For instance in my area ESPN is one of those channels. It has no DRM but a cable card tuner is required (vs a tuner that can record Clear QAM broadcasts). I can record and playback ESPN fine with the Prime. ESPN2 and ESPNU however *do* have DRM enabled so I cannot record & playback these channels with the Prime's DVR software. I can watch them live but cannot record them.

Regarding your complaint, my guess is the channels you're now having trouble with were previously encrypted but didn't have DRM enabled but at some point recently that's changed. That's definitely the case in my area. For a long time many channels weren't encrypted at all, then later many switched to encrypted format and more recently, many have DRM enabled now. With that move the Prime isn't nearly as useful unless you're using Windows Media Center. That's the only solution for DRM content now.

I hope that helps,
Tim

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