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USB port on the front of my Direct TV DVR Box - ?


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#1 makorider

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Posted March 01 2010 - 04:02 PM

Since I seem to get, by far, the best tech help here...

Why is it there, and what can I do with it?

Can I transfer shows to say a mac and burn a dvd? Say of Jose popping bluefins in CC bay to enlist my newly retired father to drag the boat north?

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Posted March 01 2010 - 04:21 PM

Some DVRs have those USB ports to allow you to play media (videos, images, ...) that's stored on USB sticks on your TV. They do not allow you to transfer shows to a USB (without major hacking ).

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Posted March 01 2010 - 05:20 PM

you can use them to charge your ipod/phone and other accessories that charge off a USB port.

For DTV, they sell a box called AM21 that add off air tuners to your sat box. Typically they use USB ports in the back of the unit though. I am sure the front ones would work, but I see no reason why you would want to do that.

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Posted March 01 2010 - 05:24 PM


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Some DVRs have those USB ports to allow you to play media (videos, images, ...) that's stored on USB sticks on your TV. They do not allow you to transfer shows to a USB (without major hacking ).





Dish Network DVR's allow you to plug in a USB hard drive and use it as additional storage for shows. There's a couple of caveats though. It costs a $40 one time fee to activate the feature. And the shows are encrypted so they're only viewable on YOUR DVR's. Not readable via computer or shareable with other peoples DVR's. They will work on any compatible DVR on your account though, not just the originating one.

I believe DirecTV does something similar, but the drive ends up being used as replacement storage, not additional. So the built-in storage of the DVR is unusable.
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Posted March 01 2010 - 05:24 PM

Some DVR units will let you use them for an extra HD for recording.