We have only ever had the old analogue Austar and a couple days ago decided to fork out the extra money to hook up MyStar HD. We were absolutely devastated to then discover that we could not record live Austar programs.
Mostly we were devastated because we bought a 250GB Blu Ray DVD Recorder a few weeks back and now with Austar blocking our ability to use the recorder what we actually have is a $1400 Blu Ray player. Austar have rendered our technology useless.
We didn't replace our old Video recorder with this expensive baby just to record Free to Air. If we had known that My Star HD wouldn't let us record we would never have bought the blu ray recorder OR we would never have got My Star HD hooke up.
I rang Austar at the start of the year (before My Star HD was released and pre dvd recorder when we only had vhs) to ask if the Standard digital My Star let's you record live tv to the video recorder and I was told that "yes, I could still record my programs to a video tape, but I could not record from the hard drive to a tape).
I assumed My Star HD would be the same.
Was this true what Austar told me? If we had standard My Star digital we could record live tv or is it copy protected too?
From my searches on the net today, I have come to the conclusion that standard My Star is also copy protected, which means Austar were full of 'you-know-what'.
After reading this thread, and after reading about forum member gadgarra's success with the AR 1822 on a Panasonic, we have decided maybe we should give this a go, even though digital megahouse states on it's website that the box doesn't work on My Star HD.
(ALERT! 19/11/2009 free for media release)
Dear Customers and Prospective Customers,
We receiving few inquiries about 'AUSTAR/HD' TM or 'MyStar HD' TM devices over the last 2 days and people who have recently purchased these sort of devices to overcome existing main stream problems we advise the following;
My advice is that you should NOT purchase this for the SAID inquiry as referred to as 'AUSTAR/HD' TM devices or 'MyStar HD' TM devices.
It seems that the HD technology jamming technology retailed by 'AUSTAR/HD' TM or 'MyStar HD' TM has just by surprise created another deception medium that undermines the SD compatibility technology in their wake.
*We been advised that users of HD SET TOP BOX HDD Technology by 'AUSTAR/HD' TM or 'MyStar HD' TM should NOW;
return the HD devices to the manufacturer for a full refund OR demand a fix to the encompassed limitation which far exceeds market rights of fair use in AUSTRALIA.
*e&oe, Check rights per state.
for more information please see AUSTAR Television - HD MyStar .html
Luckily Jaycar have their 7 days return policy so if it doesn't work we can take it back.
Edited by Skar, 14 December 2009 - 01:58 PM.