That seems really odd since the Playready component you install for Windows 7 Media Center is for playing back encrypted Silverlight 2 content for the Internet TV channels.
It must be messing with my tuners!
Fanboys. I couldn't resist. I fed the troll.
Jesus Christ! AMC or whatever channel this idiot is watching is setting a flag on their broadcasts which forces MC to display whatever it is it displays. If we wants to get piss them he should be getting pissed at his cable provider and/or AMC (who is demanding that their channels not display unless DRM is involved).
MC and even MS have no control over what AMC decides to do with their content. Fucking fanboy.....
OP, WHY THE HELL DID YOU EVEN POST THIS SHIT?? Anyone with half a brain could tell this guy has absolutely no leg to stand on. That all he was doing was wasting everyone else's time by posting bullshit about something he really has no clue about.
The idea that content providers pay Microsoft to put a flag in the channel lineup is laughable. Microsoft probably had to pay them to make Media Center play nice with CableCard. The "premium" flag is probably only there so that MS can't get bent over by the MPAA.It turns out I do have one channel a few channels that have paid Microsoft to flag them as so-called Premium Content. (Note: I found that movie studios can also pay Microsoft to PlayReady blackout their movies, regardless of what channel theyre on. It did this when I tried to watch DOOM on TBS then the channel came back on once the movie was over.)
What Im about to show is Windows 7 artificially crippling an otherwise normal, uncrippled cable television channel. This scurrilous new PlayReady DRM hooks into Windows Media Center and artificially degrades your standard cable TV service provided that the channel involved has paid Microsoft a lot of money.
While I understand your pain this has nothing to do with MS. At all. AMC or your content provider are the ones who do this. AMC is making the request that their channel is encypted, that it is broadcasted with a flag that says "do not record" and all MS is doing is accepting that request like any other PVR app. Yes, any other PVR app will do the exact same thing.Remember, no matter what happens it is MS's fault.
While I understand your pain this has nothing to do with MS. At all. AMC or your content provider are the ones who do this. AMC is making the request that their channel is encypted, that it is broadcasted with a flag that says "do not record" and all MS is doing is accepting that request like any other PVR app. Yes, any other PVR app will do the exact same thing.
Also, in some markets your cable provider (like Comcast) will encrypt EVERYTHING.
If you have this problem then bitch and moan to AMC and your cable provider. MS can't do anything, not a damn thing, about it.
Thankfully, Comcast here in Boulder, Co doesn't pull this shit. AMC comes in just fine for me on my HTPC.
The problem occurs if you swap out components without doing a full reinstall. I make a master image and then distribute this to my computers. I am not going to do full individual installs for 3-4 computers just to get PlayReady to work. Basically if you do something that breaks your Windows Activation, it will break ReadyPlay. But unlike Windows, there isn't any way to "reactivate" PlayReady.
I am just going to wait until someone else figures out how to reset the PlayReady settings.
Did you ever figure out a solution to fix this? I am having the exact same problem as I had to swap out a motherboard due to a failure. The thought of having to reimage everything is depressing and that is not a good solution when other hardware could die as well.