DVR Expander - AVS Forum | Home Theater Discussions And Reviews
Forum Jump: 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 2 Old 02-23-2013, 01:28 PM - Thread Starter
bionicblue's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
I am new to AVS, and this is my first post, so bare with me. wink.gif have Time Warner Cable in NY, and I recently was upgraded to a Cisco 8742HDC DVR whole house box. There is not enough recording space for my needs, so I purchased a WD My Book AV DVR expander, 1TB. The problem is my cable box is not recognizing it? It is connected with a eSata cable. What am I going wrong. TWC will not offer tech support for a third party product. mad.gif What am I don't wrong? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
bionicblue is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 2 Old 03-02-2013, 07:59 PM
AVS Forum Addicted Member
videobruce's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Buffalo NY
Posts: 16,190
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 608 Post(s)
Liked: 247
Comparison chart;
My whole hearted thanks to wajo for helping me update this table in spite of the forums software. It was no easy task. There are still additions & corrections needed, mostly for the Roamio.
Those are always welcome for those wishing to contribute.
This is best viewed on a 16x9 monitor (1920x1080) or at least 1360x768.   If that isn't possible, just download one of the attachments and print that out.
MAKEBriteViewChannel MasterCM / EntoneChannel MasterDigital StreamDVICO TViXePVisionMagnavox /
iViewMoxiTiVoTiVoMODELBVT-980HCM7000/ DTVPalCM7400 / 458DVR+DPH 1000RM6620NPHD - VRX/2HDR5710/ 57503500STB/
HDMR 1500T3S3/ HD/
Premiere/ P4
Roamio/ Plus/ ProCost new ($)165UsedUsed250230320210250 / 30040Used
Used $180 
$200 & up         (also HW-150) & up w/serviceplus serviceAuthors rating****** / **********************½               HARDWAREBriteViewChannel MasterCM / EntoneChannel MasterDigital StreamDVICO TViXePVisionMagnavox /
iViewMoxiTiVo Tuner types; ATSC / QAM / NTSC1 ATSC /  QAM2 ATSC2 ATSC / QAM2 ATSC2 All2 ATSC / QAM2 All1 AllATSC / QAM2 or 3 QAMAll except Prem4 Combined analog & digital tuners------------No---YesYes------Yes RF inputsOneOneOneOneOneOneTwoOneOneOneTwo except Prem4 HD Video outputs: HDMI / ComponentHDMIBothBothHDMIBothHDMIHDMIHDMIBothBothB oth Digital audio outputs: Optical / CoaxialNoneOpticalOpticalOpticalOpticalBothOptical NoneCoaxialBothOptical Front panel display type text or LED'sLEDLEDClock & LEDLEDLedFull TextBothLEDBothLEDLED Front panel functions; transport and/or menuNoneNoneMenuStandbyMenuMenu & PBMenu & Ch.StandbyPwr, ch up/dnMenuS3 Text/ LED/ LED Power consumption; operating & standby9 / 123 / 2124 / ?20/ 115 / 1 ?20 /HD / 122 wHD / 15 / 220 w/HD / 19 wHD / 7 /  1 26 / Mate 10S3-34 / S4-26 HDD: internal stock/maximum external size320G / No250G / No320G / YesNone/ 3TB320G / 2TBNone / 2TBNone / 2TB4TB ? / 4TBNone / 1TB500G / 6TB250/ 160/ 320-1TB HDD spins down in standbyYesNoNo?YesYesYesYes??YesNo stdbyNo stdby External record: HDD / Memory stickStickNoneBothBoth?BothBothBothHDDBothYes / NoYes / No Low power standbyYesNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYes------ Boot time from standby30 sec------>3 sec30 secover 60 sec30 sec??10 sec ---5.5 min. from off HDD file system (format)NTFSDFS– ProprietaryEXT3EXT4NTFSNTFSEXT2XFSNTFSLinux ?MFS – Proprietary Hardware build quality?FairFair/Good ?Fair/Good?PoorGood??FairGood ?Good              TUNERS & CHANNELSBriteViewChannel MasterCM / EntoneChannel MasterDigital StreamDVICO TViXePVisionMagnavox / 
iViewMoxiTiVo Separate OTA & CATV channel scansNo---NoNoNoNoYesNoNoNo scanNo Add channels not in the original scanYes ?Yes?YesYes ?NoYesYesYes---Yes w/ 2nd scan Add channels via physical numbersNoYes?YesYes ?Yes, no subYesYesYesNoNo M Cable Card supportNo---No---NoNoNoNoNoYesYes Edit channel names and/or call lettersNoYesYesNoAnalog ?NoCall lettersNo?Call lettersNoNo Ability to re-map QAM channelsNo---No---NoNoNoNoNo YesNo Signal strength indicatorNoYesYesYes - dualYesYesYesNoYesYesYes Skips encripted QAM channels??---??---??YesYesOnly someYes via CCYes Skip channels in guide that are in the ch. list?No ?????No---Yes?S3-No / S4–Yes              PROGRAM GUIDE & RECORDINGBriteViewChannel MasterCM / EntoneChannel MasterDigital StreamDVICO TViXePVisionMagnavox /
iViewMoxiTiVo Program guide; PSIP and/or Pay (full)PSIPPSIPBothBoth/RoviPSIP dig. onlyPSIPPSIPNo guidePSIPFullPay only Fully usable without additional feesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesRegister DVRNo Number of days of programmingVariesVariesVaries / 1414VariesUp to 1Varies100 programs
Less than 1
1412 Grid type of guideNoYesYesYesNoNoNo---NoYesYes Combined or separate guide for all tuners---Comb.Comb.Comb.Comb.Comb.Sep.------Comb.Comb. 12 or 24 hr clock24 hr12 hr12 or 24 hr12 hr24 hr12 or 24 hr12 hr12 hr24 hr12 hr12 hr Time setting; auto and/or manual & sourceManualBoth / PSIPBoth / PSIPBoth / NTPBoth / PSIPPSIP / NTPNT / PSIP  ManBoth / StationPSIPAuto / NTPAuto / NTP QAM channels listings w/o using a CCVaries w/MSO---Yes w/sub.---Varies w/MSOVaries w/MSOVaries w/MSO---NoYesNo !! Jump fwd & back in GuideNo1-8 days3 & 24 hrs1 dayNo ??Page up/down---No24 hrsNot in Grid view Guide search by program namesNoYesYesYesNoNoNo---No YesYes Save program searchesNoYesYesNo------------
YesYes Manual recording VCR styleYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes YesYes Protect recordings from deletionNo ?YesYesYesYesYes YesYesYesRecord only new episodesNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYes Name and/or time based recordingsTimeTimeName (pd G)NameTimeTimeTimeTimeNoNameName Auto-adjust for changing days / start timesNoNoNoYes?NoNoNoNoNoYesYes Recording conflicts action; auto or manualNoManualManual??ManualManualManualManualManu alManual ?Auto Auto pad recordings start & end in GuideNoNoYesYesIndirectlyNoNo---YesNoYes Number of programs recorded at onceOneTwoTwoTwoOneTwoTwoOneOneTwo or Three2 / 2 / 2 / 4 Record indicators of future programs?YesYesYes?From guideYesYes in Rec listNoIn Sch. listYesS3/HD No
Premier yes
 Available HDD space shown?YesYes% usedYesYesYesYesYesYesS3/HD No
Premier Yes
 Adjustable buffer time amountNoNoNo ?FixedNo bufferYesUp to 4 hrsNo bufferYesNoNo Closed Caption available in playbackNoYesYesYesNoNoYesYesYesYesYes ?              PLAYBACK & MISCBriteViewChannel MasterCM / EntoneChannel MasterDigital StreamDVICO TViXePVisionMagnavox /
iViewMoxiTiVo Dedicated play & stop & standby buttonsYesYesYesYesYesNo play / stopYesYesYesYesNo stop or Sttdby Remembers where playback left offYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes Skip ahead or back time amountsNoneBoth; 30 secFwd; 30 secUp to 60 secNoneBoth: variableBoth to 2 minUp to 5 min.No Fwd variableFwd 30 sec hack Edit recorded program name?Yes?YesYesYesNoYes (auto titles)YesNoNo Recordings encrypted within HDDNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYes Record history showing errorsShows failedYesNo ?Yes?YesNoYes (limited)YesNoNo ?Yes PC / USB file transfer abilityNo / ReadNo / NoNo / YesNo / NoNo / YesNo / ReadYes / YesYes, but not easyNo / ReadYes / NoYes / No Media PlayerNoNoYesNoYesYesYesNoYesYesYes Create playlists for external media------YesNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNo Networking: wired/wirelessNoNoBothWired/
NoBothWiredBothNoWiredWired Internet services available------HuluVuDo---NoneU TubeNumerous---NumerousNumerous Multiple room recording and/or viewing------NoNo---YesNoNo---Yes, w/ mateYes w/ extender Firmware update; Internet and/or USBUSBBothUSBBothNone availableInternetUSBBothUSBInternetInternet Suppo rt; on-line and/or telephoneNoneLimitedLimited  /NoneYes /time limitNoneNoneBoth limitedBothBoth limitedBoth ??Both Good  
Below are a spreadsheet and a .pdf version of the above table;
<a class="attachment loginreq" href="/attachments/75049" title="">HDDVRComparison011814.xls 24k .xls file
<a class="attachment loginreq" href="/attachments/75050" title="">HDDVRComparison011814.pdf 70k .pdf file
per sensible request, clarifications with TiVo's base price & optional service

Free, abundant OTA television separates this country from many others. ATSC1 has only been in force since 2009. The wireless industry has enough spectrum. Enough of 'planned obsolesce'.

Last edited by videobruce; 08-01-2015 at 05:02 AM.
videobruce is offline  
Sponsored Links
Reply Post Testing Area

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off