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Old 08-14-2008, 10:03 AM - Thread Starter
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Here's the story: My husband passed away suddenly a few weeks ago. He had recorded numerous shows ( a lot of concerts ) on our Motorola DCH6416 which we rent through Charter. I was always too busy to watch them with him...a huge regret (among many).
The box has been flakey, and Charter wants to replace it. I've asked them how I get the content off and I've received every answer possible: 1. You can't 2. Play it, but have it go into a VCR (horrible loss of quality) 3. Same as #2, with a DVD recorder (which I don't own or need) 4. Just hook up an external hard drive.

#4 came from a Charter tech who came out, and supposedly checked with another rep. This is probably my least expensive method of getting decent quality, however I've seen postings elsewhere stating that it doesn't work...something about a software upgrade.

Does anyone KNOW how to pull content off a DCH6416?
I appreciate it very would be one (tiny) less regret.

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Old 09-05-2008, 12:42 PM
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Ntellya, my condolences on the loss of your husband.

The only thing I can suggest is buying a DVD recorder (I got the Panasonic DMR-EZ28 online for about $200). I hooked mine up to my DCT6412 via the component connections, played the show I wanted to save and recorded it to a DVD. The final quality was quite good without much of a step down from the original HD picture. I start each show when I'm going to be doing something else (like sleeping).

I can't say for sure that what works for my DCT6412 will work for your DCH6416, and I'll note that the shows I've recorded have not come from premium (pay) channels - which are probably copy protected.

I hope this helps. Best regards,

- Jim
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Old 09-05-2008, 02:28 PM
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You must be referring to "Composite" Y/W/R RCA inputs and outputs since the Panny DVDR doesn't have "Component" (RGB) inputs?

If so, that's something that's always been possible with DVDRs.
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