Scientific Atlanta MCP-100 Media Center DVR

April 6, 2005

sciatlI have to say I was a little surprised by the recently announced MCP-100 from Scientific Atlanta, given the digital rights management concerns of late. Think about it, a fully functional cable DVR with built in DVD burner? Oh Hollywood’s going to love this one.

Ah not so quick, while the MCP-100 is capable of burning stored content from its internal hard drive, the DVR-in-Wonder has been copy flag neutered. That’s right, while you’ll probably be able to burn network type programming, the flagging system will likely make quick n’ dirty dubs of first run movies from HBO or Showtime improbable. The all too standard ‘copy freely’, ‘copy once’, and ‘copy never’ tags are said to be supported by the MCP-100.

Another potentially innovative feature of the MCP-100 is the yet cemented but entirely plausible implementation of a DVD download service, via the cable provider. In theory one could simply cue up a few movies from ye olden cable company, buy a pack of DVD-R’s and have at it, all without the annoying trip to the local DVD emporium. Not a bad idea if you ask me, as long as there’s a price compensation for the slightly less durable disc and lack of DVD jacket.

All in all, this is still a very worthwhile product. Being able to burn a DVD of last weeks ‘The Shield’, for those nimrod friends who still haven’t caught the Farmington bug will be nice, viva la archiving!



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Home Theater


Comments

  • I heard a rumor that the DVDs created on the MCP-100 will only be playable on the MCP-100. Any truth to that? If so, that’s another huge limitation and just more annoying DRM.

  • I heard a rumor that the DVDs created on the MCP-100 will only be playable on the MCP-100. Any truth to that? If so, that’s another huge limitation and just more annoying DRM.