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Old 03-15-2012, 06:47 PM
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In the town I live in we have approximately three or four television stations that broadcasts the news at 6pm almost every night, TV stations you can watch by using rabbit ears, minus cable or satellite, which is very nice for those of us who decided to "cut the cable." Almost all of these TV stations allow you to easily copy a typically short 2 or 3 minute news video to your hard drive (like a lot of people I have thousands of videos copied to my hard drive and many of those videos are related to my favorite subject: current events). Now that's all well and dandy but there's one local news station - a bad, greedy TV station - that is not nice to people. They're not nice because they prevent copying due to the DRM software they decided to put in place. Which is ridiculous. And a little SOPA-like. And like a big corporation flipping you off with their middle finger. Can anyone recommend a program that will allow you to copy a DRM saturated video to your hard drive? I prefer freeware but if it's a paid version you know what they say "Beggars can't be choosy" and that's exactly how I feel because I did a search and I did not find any software that destroys DRM in it's tracks.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:26 PM
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Unfortunately we aren't supposed to talk of such things. The most prominent point I can make is that while you may view that station as evil or greedy, they created and own that content, and shouldn't be expected to give it away willingly. By making you watch it on their site, they gain ad revenue and traffic. Downloading it for viewing later does not benefit them.

Ultimately, it's just the way capitalism works
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Old 03-19-2012, 08:16 PM
Location: Scranton
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I'm assuming that you're using a computer TV card to record the digital tv transmission. If that is the case, the content is not encrypted by DRM, but rather the broadcaster is setting the broadcast flag to keep you from recording. The thing is that the broadcast flag is not mandated by the government and the receiving equipment has to voluntarily decide to obey it. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2009/0...a-no-broadcast

Micro$oft has decided to obey the broadcast flag. Try using a different program or even a different OS if possible. I use MythTV and have no problems whatsoever recording anything on TV.
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:10 PM
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You can always try calling them and purchasing a license to copy. I've seen that done a few times.
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