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    How do I move TV shows and movies from DVR to Computer?

    All I want to do is make a little more space on my DVR so I can record more shows. I don't want to watch them on my computer although it would be nice, but I'm more interested in moving shows to the computer for making room on my DVR.

    Thank You.

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    I don't think it's possible. Not much else to add, other than welcome to the forum.

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    (I assume you're talking about a digital DVR.)

    The short answer is, as indicated above, that it generally cannot be done with cable company leased DVRs.

    That's one of the best advanced features of the TiVo HD DVR, and one of the main reasons why people are willing to pay an average of $650 up-front for it, and then pay the cable company a few dollars a month for a CableCARD, rather than paying the cable company almost $20 per month for their DVR. I've got a 1 TB drive in my TiVo, and it is filling up, so I'm about to move most of the first two seasons of Ghost Whisperer (which we haven't watched yet) from the DVR to my computer, where I have spare hard disk space. Then, over the summer, I know I'll be able to just move it back to the DVR, so we can watch those episodes.

    While there is a way to get recorded programs off of a digital DVR (IEEE 1394), it is very unreliable, and an extremely manual operation. And it is not possible to put data back onto the DVR that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bicker View Post
    (I assume you're talking about a digital DVR.)

    The short answer is, as indicated above, that it generally cannot be done with cable company leased DVRs.

    That's one of the best advanced features of the TiVo HD DVR, and one of the main reasons why people are willing to pay an average of $650 up-front for it, and then pay the cable company a few dollars a month for a CableCARD, rather than paying the cable company almost $20 per month for their DVR. I've got a 1 TB drive in my TiVo, and it is filling up, so I'm about to move most of the first two seasons of Ghost Whisperer (which we haven't watched yet) from the DVR to my computer, where I have spare hard disk space. Then, over the summer, I know I'll be able to just move it back to the DVR, so we can watch those episodes.

    While there is a way to get recorded programs off of a digital DVR (IEEE 1394), it is very unreliable, and an extremely manual operation. And it is not possible to put data back onto the DVR that way.
    I've always wondered why DirecTV put a USB connector on the back of their DVRs. I always thought they were going to do some kind of a firmware update so we could add extra storage like an external hard drive or something.

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    When building a hardware platform, it is always best to build in support for myriad hardware interfaces, just in case you need them. Redesigning a piece of hardware, just to add, for example, support for a USB connection, is wasteful. By the same token, it makes no sense to enable such interfaces until such time as the profit motive is there to do so. Otherwise, they just represent added cost, added exposure, added risk.

    IEEE 1394 is required, for MSO-provided boxes. Some folks are of the opinion that the requirement should be removed, or at least revised, to allow some alternatives, each of which would be superior to IEEE 1394. I don't really see much movement, though, toward such a change.

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    I was laying off responding to this thread as I don't know too much about DirecTV but I do know alot about Dish Network.

    Dish DVR's (and even some non-DVR's) allow you to transfer or record to external hard drives. This frees up space in the DVR's and is required for the non-DVR's.

    I don't believe DirecTV receivers can do this, yet.

    The only problem with Dish enabled EHD is that they can never be hooked to your computer. Doing so will force a reformat of the EHD and effectively wipe all the recorded shows off the hard drive. You may save them there and you can always watch as long as you are a subscriber. If you cancel, you must return the receivers or they just become inactive if you happen to own them. In this case you have EHD's that have shows you recorded but you can't watch them.

    Some day DirecTV receivers will be able to do this but I am sure with the same restrictions.

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    At first I thought that since there was an USB port in my DVR device, that I could just put a pendrive into it and transfer all the data. Yes, silly me. But yea it simply isn't possible.

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    I remember when Comcast first came out in DVRS. There was no output at all. I had a representative check on it. To my knowledge, it's never changed. There's no way I'd get one without it. One of these days, I'll buy a DVR and not worry about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bicker View Post
    IEEE 1394 is required, for MSO-provided boxes. Some folks are of the opinion that the requirement should be removed, or at least revised, to allow some alternatives, each of which would be superior to IEEE 1394. I don't really see much movement, though, toward such a change.
    The FCC has now changed this mandate, allowing manufacturers of DVRs to choose between providing an IEEE 1394 interface and providing an IP-based approach instead. [Source: FCC DA 10-1094.]

    It is important to keep in mind that the intention of this connection is not really what the OP was aiming for, i.e., archiving content for later viewing. Rather, the public interest being served by this connection is, "encouraging connectivity between cable operator-leased set-top boxes and retail consumer electronics devices and computers". So as is often the case, with things many consumers seem to think are aimed for their benefit, this is aimed to benefit business, specifically benefiting the makers of retail consumer electronics devices and computers who want to be able to exploit content on cable company DVRs to make the products they're trying to sell more valuable.

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    Roxio's easy VHS to DVD software works for me. LJD

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    DirecTV now has a box called "Nomad" which they've renamed "GenieGo" where you can export shows to your mobile device. You put it on your router which is also connected to your Genie.
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