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You could build a DVR with an ATSC-modulated output, but the programming providers would scream bloody murder. Why? Because you could then tune that ATSC signal with another recording device (read: HTPC) and, presumably, distribute those files over the internet.

There will come a time (sometime after the final digital transition date of Feb, 2009), when ATSC modulators will be sold for home distribution systems, similar to the NTSC modulators sold today. Whether or not they will modulate HDTV remains to be seen. Certainly some form of copy protection will have to be incorporated, at a minimum.

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tnsprin said:
Do you remember the 5000 HDTV adapter? Thats exactly what it did. And I had mine hooked to DVHS recorder. Of course your right, the program providers wanted it to go away.
Yeah, I sure wish I could get ahold of the new "5424" DVR they're working on. (4 tuners - 2 OTA and 2 Satellite, two HD outputs - one ATSC modulated, and MPEG4) :p

Seriously, though, the idea of the 5000 was way ahead of it's time. It assumed that any TV you would be watching it on would have an ATSC tuner, which is only now becoming the norm. As I recall, the output to the ATSC modulator was unprotected SDI :eek2: , but I could easily be wrong, since I never owned one.

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