If you record a lot of shows using a CableCard in Windows Media Center, know that the upcoming 1.19 update will loosen the reins on these recordings and allow you to copy them to other WMC machines and portable devices. In other words, you record into WMC, you can copy the content wherever you want—save for Pay-Per-View content and premium content like HBO. So it's not the Holy Grail, but it may be as close as we're going to get. And as a cherry on top, you can add CableCards to any PC now—no quirky limitations.
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