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23-Feb-2008, 06:50 PM #1
Directv DVR
I have Windows XP Media Edition. I can't figure out how to get recordings from my Directv DVRs to my laptop. I have several DVR's that I'm trying to get these recordings from. Some are Tivo and one is the HD DVR. Does anyone know how to transfer these shows? Also, I do have the new On Demand service w/ Directv through their Ethernet Adapter Devices (powerline). It says they're using my home network, but I can't seem to access it through my laptop. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
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24-Feb-2008, 11:22 PM #2
My father recently built a PC for multi-media use to go along with a 'theater' setup he paid however many thousands for. He, unfortunately, did not have the forsight to deal with problems such as this one. It is such a tough problem to get arround because of the efforts being made by hardware producers to more functional hardware and not aid those likely to copy and then redistribute copywrited material.

I have read that it may be possible to remove the HDD from the recorders and then transfer the data, but I have also read that the data on said HDDs are generally encrypted. This would make data transfer impossible without some type of converter either built into the DVR or external (probably have to buy it seperately if it's even available) and would also, most likely, void any warranties or agreements you may have for the DVRs, whether they are yours or rented from a cable/satelite company.

The only sure-fire method that I know of, at the moment, to retrieve all the data from the DVRs is, in your case, with an external video receiver. Transferring in this manner is mindnumbingly slow seeing as how you must play each recorded program individually and at regular speed and record the feed simultaneously, but it does work.

I did find these links when looking for an answer on my own. They're kind of old, but may help you out.
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