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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 2012-10-15, 02:46 AM Thread Starter
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Question about Cogeco HD recorder/receiver

i'm thinking about renting or buying the cogeco receiver with the recording feature

however, i want to record TV only to put it on my computer

How easy is it to record TV programs with the Cogeco HD receiver and then moving the files to my computer ? Is there a way to link it directly through USB or ethernet, or will i have to remove the HD each time ?

Also, what format will it use for recording ? I suppose i will need to convert it to divx ?

I would prefer to avoid buying a tv-card for my computer.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 2012-10-15, 03:10 AM
 
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Someone else may know for sure, but I believe the recording on Cogeco PVRs is encrypted, so you can't use it elsewhere, even if you were to record a bunch of shows and then stick the HD in a PC.
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Damn this sucks... it's useless to me then...

but isn't there receivers with recorders that can also burn content to DVD ? If so, it must be unencrypted if it's burnt on a DVD. However i am not sure the cogeco ones includes DVD burners
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The programming is encrypted on the PVR, however, it's possible to transfer the programming to an HTPC or to a DVD recorder via the "analogue hole". See the following post with various links to the topic - especially the Hauppauge for HD on an HTPC. The thread is in the Rogers forum, but holds for all providers.

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=50162

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How easy is it to record TV programs with the Cogeco HD receiver and then moving the files to my computer?
That depends on your level of competence. Most people would not call setting up an HTPC with Hauppauge "easy".

TV cards are little use since they can only receive analogue signals and all the digital signals are encrypted. There are only select analogue channels left and they will soon be gone as providers go all digital. The topic has been discussed extensively on the forum as you can tell from the many links.


Here's a useful post - FAQs, Search Tips, Optimization, etc:

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=57741

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Yeah i remember running into this problem. I wanted to have cable on my HTPC but everybody has been telling me that i will get only a few channels That's why i thought about using Cogeco's own recorder, but i guess it won't change anything
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