This thread started out in 2006 and it is still going strong in 2008. Two years later.....
So the ultimate question here is that according to Charter:
1. An e-Sata external hard drive can be hooked up to the Motorola DCT6416 III for added storage space now. There is a Sata port on the back of the box.
2. Space can be freed up by transfering shows to a VCR not a DVD. This information is on the Charter web site.
3. This still sucks.
I have allot of shows I have recorded with my Hauppage PVR-150 in regular NTSC. Hooked on Eureka, Doctor Who, Smallville, Chuck, Stargate Atlantis...
As you can see these channels are not HD and not totally encrypted. The PVR-150 did fine for regular recording under VMCE. This did no good for ATSC or QAM. So I bought a HVR-1600. It fried. So I bought a ATI All in Wonder 650 USB. A butt load of Driver issues.
So I got the Motorola DCT6416 III yesterday for the high def on my Hanspree 28". Hooked up the yellow, red, white to the PVR-150. This works ok for viewing and recording 1:1. Sucks for time recording. Still have not been able to get VMCE and Motorola to work with the remote so VMCE is usless this way. So a HVR-1600 might be the way to go again (on sale at Circuit City for $49.99-open box)
QAM is not supported under VMCE except for the new OEM's that came out this month.
So has anyone here been able to hook Vista-VMCE/Motorola-DCT-6416 III Via Firewire/USB/Ethernet/ Pick one, to back up the DVR in Motorola?
Two years later, someone here must be doing it. I DO NOT OWN A VCR! NOR DO I WANT TO BUY ONE! There are plenty of ways to transfer from VCR to PC/DVD afterwards, but screw that!
Cut the middleman out.