1) Reading the online user manuals of 1st the Philips HDR5710/5750, and 2nd of the CM-7500 to see if external HDD files created by them could be transportable to/from a PC;
2) Not finding a definite answer in any of the above manuals (not surprisingly I guess) I then browsed through the WHOLE thread on this forum regarding the former DVR (Philips); on post #420 (of 423 total posts on that other thread, the moment I write this), Technopundit, who's got a very valid excuse to dodge efforting the matter (his health), was the 1st to finally shed some light on one of if not the main question on that thread...
Furthermore DD24, your reference to the usefulness of VideoRedo in your post #932 of the present thread was also key and I thank you for it
Now, here's my purpose, maybe that will be helpful to some and initiate more useful posts:
I've been recording OTA for years on a PC using a ChannelMaster 7228 antenna on top of my house in Montreal (local channels easily tuned in), pointed toward Mount Mansfield VT where all US broadcasters (PBS ABC CBS NBC FOX) agreed to colocate their DTV transmitters), MyHD software bundled with a MDP-130 PCI card with its DVI output daughter card, so that with this and a SPDIF output off the PC (optical or RCA) I could feed an HDTV (actually my video setup is a Harman Kardon AVR2650 receiver feeding an Optoma HD33 projector yielding an almost 13-foot diagonal display in a perfectly dark basement home theater with awesome sound from 7 Bose speakers). I've accumulated terabytes (on several external HDDs) of wonderful programs like PBS's Nova and Nature in full uncompressed HD, as well as older TV series in SD off of a local subchannel running MeTV. I've been using VideoRedo to remove advertisings so that my .ts files would contain only the program material. MyHD is perfect to schedule recordings (interfaces beautifully with TitanTV), with very few errors ever happening in VideoRedo processing of the the MDP-130 PCI card's steam recordings. Based on that I should have no reason to change my setup.
Unfortunately, at some point I lost the ability to use the DVI output from the MDP-130's daughterboard to feed my projector. I don't know if the card failed or if I shouldn't have upgraded my projector to the Optoma HD33 (it's 3D capable) from the Sony Pearl I had before (maybe the HD33 doesn't recognize the daughterboard's signals), but anyway... Drivers are from a package someone efforted by some guy/team because the initial drivers had shortcomings, and is understandably no longer maintained (and I don't have that knowhow). I always felt that dependence on the MDP-130 daughterboard for ouputting HD could easily be overcome, but I'm finding out that's a bigger issue than I expected, because even throwing a Radeon HD6450 graphics card in the PCIe slot of my PC isn't solving the problem; its HDMI out does feed the projector, but any .ts file opened with the MyHD will be limited to VGA quality on the projector (as on the inset window for the PC's monitor), and so far (little effort invested though) I haven't been able to get the Radeon to use a VLC window (since VLC can play my .ts files) to output it to the HDMI toward the projector - any proposed help there will be appreciated.
Let me return to the primary topic: readability/transportability of .ts files from an external HDD, written by the Philips OR Channel Master DVRs; so far it seems to be most doable with the latter. If that gets confirmed with a clear recipe, I'd then wonder if it's worth trying to port other recordings (from other sources) to the external HDD for the PVR+ to play back; that might be a lot trickier given info about the PVR+'s recordings is stored on another partition created on the HDD when it's formatted for use with the PVR+, as confirmed by DD24... Why these outfits don't simply allow usage of a specific folder on a standard HDD format to record .ts files is obscure to me, that would provide full transportability... I looked into using a media server; Plex works beautifully and even allows porting of recordings to other HDTVs in the house, but it only does so well for SD resolution recordings, the bandwidth isn't enough for full HD recordings (1080i); maybe solving that part would give the most useful solution (having my AV receiver fetch files from Plex and feed the projector real time HD).
Ideas/ suggestions are welcome. Where I can experiment I'll be glad to if I have the time and I will share results.
Best regards to guys like Technopundit and DD24.