Anyone tried to use the Firewire (IEEE 1394) port on a cable settop box?

Discussion in 'Video Hardware' started by Rich Gray, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. Rich Gray

    Rich Gray Guest

    I've recently become aware that US FCC regulations from
    the mid-2000's mandate that any cable TV customer is
    entitled to a STB with a functional IEEE 1394 (Firewire)
    port. I believe the idea was to preserve the ability to
    record programs as was previously possible with analog VCRs.


    (4) Cable operators shall:
    (i) Effective April 1, 2004, upon re- quest of a customer,
    replace any leased high definition set-top box, which does
    not include a functional IEEE 1394 interface, with one that
    includes a functional IEEE 1394 interface or up- grade the
    customer’s set-top box by download or other means to ensure
    that the IEEE 1394 interface is functional.

    Looks like they are trying to get this shifted to Ethernet...


    I'm not really sure what comes out on these ports. It seems
    that there are programs in the Apple Developer Firewire SDK
    which will handle cable box output (by emulating a digital
    VCR??) I've downloaded the SDK, but not had a chance to go

    "The Beauty that is Apple’s Firewire SDK"

    I'm wondering if any of the denizens of this newsgroup have
    any experience with the STB Firewire port. Seems like this
    would be a natural thing for Mac users to hook up to, given
    that most Macs have had FW ports. I'd like to get an idea
    as to whether this is worth pursuing or not. (My cable
    provider is Time-Warner and my STB is a Scientific Atlanta
    Explorer 4240HDC. The box has two FW400 ports on it.)

    Rich Gray, Apr 27, 2011
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  2. Rich Gray

    Rich Gray Guest

    Wow! That works! Spartan, but it works. I can set
    channel and record via the FW interface. :)

    The one issue I have with the video is that there seems
    to be some sort of interlace like effect. I don't know
    where that is coming from.

    Rich Gray, Apr 29, 2011
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