This is a post from an Edmonton Shaw user taken from a site that can neither be linked to nor mentioned
I record from firewire every day, HD mostly once in awhile SD. I have not had a single channel encrypted. I live in Edmonton so I'm stuck with Shaw as well. I do have the latest box though, DCT3416. Had a heck of a time getting firewire to work in XP (did get it finally) But worked instantly in Vista, just one driver to install and disable the second tuner in control panel.