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Old 04-08-2012, 02:29 PM   #1
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I have had a hd-dvr for awhile and recently upgraded to whole home dvr service and got a new hd-dvr. Is there a way to transfer content between the two boxes?
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If you're talking Directv (and it sounds like you are), no. The content on your hard drive is tied to the receiver and can't be transferred to any other device digitally. It's something Directv has never addressed (there have been suggestions that content be tied to the account so when a DVR goes bad, the content can be transferred and saved, but that's never happened), probably because of copyright agreements it has with its providers. Even if you have an external drive, that drive will not allow you to move content to another receiver.

Your only solution is to download content to a disk using a DVD recorder or the Hauppauge solution which gets it into your computer via an analog path.

http://www.hauppauge.com/site/products/data_hdpvr.html
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Your only solution is to download content to a disk using a DVD recorder or the Hauppauge solution which gets it into your computer via an analog path.

http://www.hauppauge.com/site/products/data_hdpvr.html
I took a look at the link above, but I'm not sure I understand this unit. I do get the component input and being able to burn video to a DVD.

Does this unit have a hard drive in it or do you have to burn as you run a video to it?
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I took a look at the link above, but I'm not sure I understand this unit. I do get the component input and being able to burn video to a DVD.

Does this unit have a hard drive in it or do you have to burn as you run a video to it?


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I took a look at the link above, but I'm not sure I understand this unit. I do get the component input and being able to burn video to a DVD.

Does this unit have a hard drive in it or do you have to burn as you run a video to it?
Check out Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR Video Capture device for better details. Basically the 1212 is a device that converts component video and either analog stereo or digital optical audio to a video file that is input to a PC via a USB 2.0 port. Thus it does not have a hard drive as it uses the PC's hard drive for storage. Once the video file is stored on the PC's hard drive, then the PC could burn a DVD if desired. This device is normally used with a home theater PC where the PC's video card is connected to the HDTV for playback.

You should understand that there is not a high definition all in one solution for HD video capture. The best that is available are the capture devices or internal cards for PCs. Now if you don't wish to set up a PC to be connected to your TV then a Western Digital WDTV Live can be used as a media player with a hard drive connected to store the recorded files. This would allow the captured files to be transferred to the WDTV Live's connected hard drive for playback.

Basically, the unloading of a satellite or cable DVR is not easy and they intend it to be hard due to copy protection, but is possible legally with the correct equipment.
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