The HDCP problem is specific to the SA8010HD when the DVI is connected to specific makes and models of HDTV. There is no problem with the SA8300HD's HDMI with any kind of HDTV.
The Scientific Atlanta's Explorer Club says this, concerning the DVI with the SA8000HD:
Q: When will the DVI port on my Explorer 8000HD be activated?
A: The software which activates the DVI port with HDCP is complete and has been made available to cable operators. Please contact your cable operator for availability in your area.
This morning I got an answer back from my CSR contact at Videotron. From the looks of it, he is getting a "don't bother us" kind of response from the engineering dept.
In light of Scientific Atlanta's statement that their work is complete with the DVI/HDCP activating software version, the time has come for all owners and renters of the SA8010HD DVR to contact the Videotron tech. support and put the pressure. This can be done by phone, by e-mail or by Chat with tech. support. In 80% of cases an HDTV's HDCP will interface via DVI with the HDCP of SARA version 1.87.16.a2. In 20% of cases (including my case) the new corrective software is required. So, specify the make and model HDTV you are using and get the appropriate software. The excuse that engineers need to test this is, in my opinion, a bunch of hogwash. I have 1.87.16.a2 since April 28 and HDCP works for most cases. Videotron has the corrective software version since at least July 8th, as confirmed to me by e-mail, and I fail to see what their engineering staff has done or will one day do (can do) that Scientific Atlanta hasn't done.
I would find it extraordinary for Videotron engineers to correct an HDCP handshake problem with my Toshiba and other makes of HDTV if in fact SA has not been able to do it with the corrective software version. Do these engineers even have a Toshiba HDTV with a DVI input to start with???
Samsung LN52B750, SVS PB12-ISD, Harmony One, HD-A1, BDP-1400, Oppo DV-970HD, Yamaha RX-V371
Last edited by mfabien; 2005-08-18 at 09:57 AM.