Quote: Originally Posted by 3D Jed
Judging by the amount of US TV shows available via torrent and cyberlockers, it seems US encryption can also be bypassed, although I hear Warner Bros are currently taking legal action against a company selling HDCP crack devices
Many cable provider environments are not set to use the copy-once flag or deliver encrypted content (which together are essentially hack-proof digital protections schemes). Time Warner Cable is, unfortunately, not one of them and virtually everything they deliver IS both copy-once and encrtypted.
But much of the source content that appears on the torrents has been recorded using analog (i.e. component video) source devices rather that true 100% bit-perfect digital, as an easy approach to bypassing digital copy-protection schemes. The recordings made from component video are almost indistinguishable in video quality from recordings made from a true digital source, and are completely NOT protected or encrypted. The content providers are not happy about this either, but are really only hysterically paranoid about preventing 100% bit-perfect digital copies of their content... and have given up on trying to prevent analog copies.