Originally posted by WillGonz
I think the cable operators like Comcast will sell/rent external drives which will be used to increase storage. Come on, you only get 15 hours of recording HDTV using the 120GB hard drive that it comes with. They would have to do something to stay competitive.
Competitive to what? I don't think that the cable companies are really worried about losing DVR lease business to people purchasing $1000 CableCARD TiVos (whensoever these appear) that'd take 4 or 5 years to make pay for themselves versus the monthly cost of leasing a DVR.
Some models of STB, like the Scientific Atlanta 8300HD, have a Serial ATA connection for the addition of an external HDD. (We were discussing that in another thread, here
). We don't know quite yet but we suspect that these expansion drives will only be available for lease--it's certain that, if you connect one, an STBs will only use it if it's hit with a command from the headend to enable it--the spec sheet for the external drive says so.
The specs that the FCC requires that an STB's 1394 connections be compliant to would seem to preclude them being used by the STB as an interface for vanilla, off-the-shelf, Firewire HDDs.