Originally Posted by GNandGS
Yes, that works. Started doing this a couple of months ago.
What you will NOT get is a turn-key ready to use file. The exception might be if you plan to only play on the computer. To make a DVD or to edit the files (remove commercials) then make DVD is a process that is hardly worth it. Better to torrent that sort of thing IMO.
What you will be getting off the drive AND WHY JUST CONNECTING THE HD TO ANOTHER COMPUTER WONT WORK is the "Transport Stream" which will creat a ".ts" file. You cannot just copy the files off the drive as the data is encrypted. Instead, you have to do playback and grab the output via firewire. The advantage is no loss of quality over doing an analog capture.
This can only be partly correct.
The harddrive has to be encrypted as the MPAA and RIAA and all those other useless organizations would not allow digital recording of hdtv material on a unencrypted harddisk and they also would not allow a hdtv recording to be streamed in hdtv via firewire, so I bet you get a downscaled video on the firewire port at least if you want to transfer a hdtv broadcast to your pc.
I wonder why so many people still don't get that hdtv is only made for the content industry to control every single step of viewing their productions. Just look at sacd or dvd-audio and how fast they got extinct and the content industry gave you no way to copy your precious multichannel audio content lossless to the next upcoming format. So if your player dies your legally purchased content is useless waste. Same will happen to hd-dvd or blueray-discs in a few years and probably no way to copy them either.
That's why I will never jump onto that hdtv train.