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post #1 of 5 Old 09-22-2004, 10:42 AM - Thread Starter
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Wouldn't it be great if a DVR had the capability to copy to a removable hard drive ?? For example, if you had 2 DVRs in the same household, you could copy shows/movies/games to it, then unhook it and reconnect to the 2nd DVR to watch.

Whether you own a Tivo, ReplayTV, UltimateTV, Explorer, Moxi, etc., this seems to be an easy addition for any DVR.

I'm not talking about taking the hard drive to another house, just on DVRs within the same household. I guess each DVR could write its signature to the drive so only those 2 could access it.

Microsoft ALMOST had this feature available for UltimateTV users, but MS abandoned the UTV platform before it could get off the ground.

I've seen GoVideo's DVR with ShowPort technology that will allow you to copy content to a removable hard drive and then use standard RCA cables to hook it up to a TV. I don't think it's been released yet, so at this point it is vaporware.

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glenw,

I don't think transportable drives makes much sense. It makes more sense to support expanded capacity linked to one DVR, and then allow each DVR to share its recordings with other DVRs using existing in-home wiring. From what I understand, this is the approach Moxi has planned.

You can already share recordings wirelessly between standalone Tivos. The next step is to support USB 2.0 external storage, and to support sharing of recordings over existing in-home coax wiring.
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Well, with a ReplayTV 4000 series (and higher) and DVArchive you can easily download content from the Replay to a notebook computer's hard disk or to an external harddrive connected to a PC. When my wife gave birth to our second child recently, I transferred several episodes of Star Trek: TNG (her favorite show, honest!) from my ReplayTV 5040 to our laptop. I brought the laptop to her hospital room so she could watch what she wanted while recovering.

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glenw,

I don't think transportable drives makes much sense. It makes more sense to support expanded capacity linked to one DVR, and then allow each DVR to share its recordings with other DVRs using existing in-home wiring. From what I understand, this is the approach Moxi has planned.

You're right....it DOES make sense to use existing wiring. I'd just like to see someone actually implement it.

Thanks !!
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In effect, networked ReplayTVs already do this. You don't "move" programming from one box to another over the network, but you "stream" content from one box to another. For example, record a show on the Livingroom box, pause it part way through, go into the bedroom, and resume the show where you left off. Pretty slick.

I would REALLY like a second networked ReplayTV box just to take advantage of those features, but because of "issues" I'm having with controlling our Charter DCT-2000 Digital Cable box (yes, I tweaked), the model 5040 is relegated to the bedroom running off of a "raw" cable feed while the model 2020 controls the DCT-2000.

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