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post #1 of 5 Old 12-30-2005, 01:03 PM - Thread Starter
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I do not own a DVR and I am interested in them only if they enable me to archive as much material as I want. I have stolen enough media via napster 1.0 in my life, and have the money to buy what I want now, so getting it for free or sharing the media really isn't an attraction for me. I do, however want to be able to store anything I pay the cable company for onto a hard drive for future viewing. Is there now, or do you see in the future, some protected means of expanding the hard drives on the DVRs? 200 Gigs just won't cut it for long with HD content.

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Depending on how much you wish to archive, even 2000 gigs won'y be enough for long because HD content is 10 gigs per hour!
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I do, however want to be able to store anything I pay the cable company for onto a hard drive for future viewing. Is there now, or do you see in the future, some protected means of expanding the hard drives on the DVRs?
Well, there are cable DVRs out now that allow adding an external SATA hard drive (Scientific Atlanta hardware with SARA firmware) ... and there are the new Motorola DVRs with external SATA connection that would seem to allow the same thing at some point in the future (although I don't think anyone has reported success yet).

So ... expanding the hard drive seems a very realistic possibility ...

I would even expect more "flexible" possibilities in the future (like transferring via DTCP-IP or DTCP-1394 to a Windows Media Center, networked drive, portable device, etc) ...
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Good to hear. I was hoping that additional archiving capacity had not been Banished by the HDCP Gods. That withstanding, I have to believe dt_dc is seeing this clearly and that demand will bring about some more options in the near future. I appreciate the speedy reply, and even over the holidays!

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Good to hear. I was hoping that additional archiving capacity had not been Banished by the HDCP Gods. That withstanding, I have to believe dt_dc is seeing this clearly and that demand will bring about some more options in the near future. I appreciate the speedy reply, and even over the holidays!
There are several people, including myself who archive massive amount of HD material in uncompressed...full rez state. Just get a DVR with firewire out ...use a computer or DVHS...and your set to archive.

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