Can MCE 2005 view tuner of another MCE 2005 computer?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Michael, Mar 19, 2006.

  1. Michael

    Michael Guest

    Just a quick question. We recently got a MCE Pc, and have been incredibly
    impressed with it. Loving the PVR functionality of it.

    However the PC is not in a good location to be left on 24/7 so the record
    function would be extreamly annoying.

    After experimenting with the XBOX 360, I was impressed with how it could
    stream the TV signal from the MCE PC.

    So I was wondering could we get another MCE PC, and put it in a place where
    it could run 24/7 then would we be able to link to it with the original PC
    and view its files and tv tuner, in the same way the Xbox 360 does?
     
    Michael, Mar 19, 2006
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  2. Michael

    Noozer Guest

    So I was wondering could we get another MCE PC, and put it in a place
    Nope... that would allow illegal use of the content.
     
    Noozer, Mar 19, 2006
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  3. Michael

    Michael Guest

    How exactly would that be illegal?

    Since you could do exactly what I'm asking by using a PC then using a bunch
    of Media Center Extenders, and/or Xbox 360, how would it be illegal to do it
    using another PC?
     
    Michael, Mar 19, 2006
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  4. Michael

    Noozer Guest

    Because the second PC doesn't have a license for the content (It's created
    on the first PC and saved with the content).

    Don't want you saving the content and distributing it on DVD!

    ....and no, you can't save it on the first PC, copy it to DVD, then play it
    in the second PC. At least that's what the DRM zealots tell us.
     
    Noozer, Mar 19, 2006
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  5. Michael

    Jason Tsang Guest

    One MCE computer cannot access the tunver of another MCE system.

    You can share recorded TV, music, video etc (assuming they aren't copy
    protected), but you can't share LiveTV .
     
    Jason Tsang, Mar 19, 2006
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  6. Michael

    Michael Guest

    Hmm... I can watch the recorded .dvr-ms files on another PC without any
    problem.

    Weird, I guess Legal department was smoking something.

    Hmm, so I guess, the only way to do it would be to pick up a Media Center
    Extender for the PC I want to do with that... incredibly stupid... ugh.
     
    Michael, Mar 19, 2006
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  7. Michael

    Jason Tsang Guest

    Right, because your recorded tv content wasn't flagged as copy-protected.

    As I've already said, you can share recorded tv, video and pictures as long
    as they aren't marked as copy-protected; however, you cannot share the
    tuners (i.e. for sharing Live TV) over multiple MCE systems.
     
    Jason Tsang, Mar 19, 2006
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  8. Michael

    Olav Guest

    How does a Media Center Extender make it legal to view the content from
    another device, but doing the same from a another PC is illegal?

    Olav
     
    Olav, Mar 19, 2006
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  9. Michael

    Jason Tsang Guest

    Extenders are considered extensions of the MCE machine they are affiliated
    with. The won't do anything on their own. That's probably the biggest
    difference between it and another computer.
     
    Jason Tsang, Mar 19, 2006
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  10. Michael

    Nigel Barker Guest

    This is totally incorrect with regard to TV which is what the OP was asking
    about.
     
    Nigel Barker, Mar 19, 2006
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  11. Michael

    Noozer Guest

    Even protected content?
     
    Noozer, Mar 19, 2006
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  12. Michael

    Jason Tsang Guest

    You can play back any dvr-ms file (as long as it is not marked as
    copy-protected by the content provider/broadcaster) on any Windows XP system
    that can play back dvr-ms files (i.e. Windows XP SP1 with a KB810243
    installed, or any WinXP SP2 machine, along with an having MPEG2 decoder
    installed).

    If it is marked as copy-protected, then it can only be played back on the
    computer that it was recorded on.

    It's really that simple.
     
    Jason Tsang, Mar 19, 2006
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  13. Michael

    Noozer Guest

    Which was what I wrote and Nigel said I was wrong.
     
    Noozer, Mar 19, 2006
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  14. Michael

    Olav Guest

    Who defines / decides theese licensing restrictions? The content owners or
    Microsoft? I can't imagine that the content owners have said OK to an
    extender, but no to a PC.

    Olav
     
    Olav, Mar 19, 2006
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  15. Michael

    Nigel Barker Guest

    AFAIK for everywhere outside of the US there is no such thing as protected
    content TV.
     
    Nigel Barker, Mar 19, 2006
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  16. Michael

    Nigel Barker Guest

    You made no mention of protected content in your posting. In the context of TV
    this is AFAIK a US only thing in any case.
     
    Nigel Barker, Mar 19, 2006
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  17. Michael

    Murph Guest

    www.orb.com
    there is to much jargin here about DRM and legal sv. technical end of things
    posted here.

    orb will stream your live TV to any maching on your network and/or on the
    net. it's that simple.
     
    Murph, Mar 20, 2006
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