Why not? (Recording using a DVR)
I'm looking for a technical answer to the following:
In utilizing a Mororola DCS 6416 or Tivo equivalent, it appears that these units are mandated to be used only with stipulated cable providers....i.e. Comcast, Charter, etc.
Also, I understand that certain other units are mandated to be used with satellite providers such as Direct Tv, Dish Network, etc.
It appears that pretty much all of these units are really good DVR's and I want to know if they can be programmed to simply perform as a DVD recorder without being required to use any propriatary software to function simply as a stand alone DVR.
In other words, I would like to be able to use the input connections to the unit to record with:
off the air antenna
playback from any other source such as a DVR, VCR
or whatever input to the unit that I want without any restriction.
Is the above possible with available software, or other hardware such as an A/V switcher... or possible with 3rd party software?
If so would you provide the name and description, and where I would find it.
I am relatively new to all the possibilities and options available, and would greatly appreciate a spoon-fed tutorial on how to accomplish this or an explanation of why it cannot be accomplished. I welcome any links to web sites or forums that would deal with scenarios like this.
Thanks in advance for any ideas or suggestions.....rocknroller....