I have been watching TV content a couple ways with the DirecTV:
- Over the internet using the Slingplayer- this is fine but it's hard to get adequate international bandwidth at certain peak times over here
- By saving MPG files to an external hard drive (preferable) I go to California periodically and bring the USB drive home with me. I modified the DirecTiVO to turn on the USB port and to network the box.
I need help understanding my options. I already plan to hook up the Slingbox to the new Echostar DVR. But the bandwidth issues still will plague me. So this is not a reliable solution for many times of day.
There is the Dish EHD program. So my questions revolve around the most practical ways to use that:
- What if I were to buy a 622 or 722 and have the USB port activated in the US and then take it back with me to Asia? Could I transport the EHD back and forth. Would I be able to record off the DVR in the US and then play back content on the other DVR in Asia?
- I know shows are encrypted and that the DVR's use a Linux filesystem. Is there a way for me to setup a Linux-based PC in Asia to view the content on the hard drive?
One more question: what kind of dish will my friends need to support 2 or 3 HD DVR's?
Thanks for your patience with me-- I hope you can provide some helpful ideas so I can contact my friends in California to give them some guidance.