I remain “confused” as to why DirecTV des no offer such a DVR to DVR copy and transfer capability.
Is their reasoning 1) they don’t want to offer this service because they see it as either reducing revenue or significantly increasing costs? 2) or is it they just don’t; think it the type of enhancement they want to bother adding? (kind of like OTA true scanning capability for the non-Genie DVRs hooked up to an AM21…why won’t they add that either?) Surely the obstacle is not a technical one.
I realize their methodology for encoding is tied to the box serial number and/or access card ID associated therewith, but it would seem to me that it would be possible to come up with software that would allow a copy or re-assignment of a program to another box via a re-encoding of the program to said other box. The additional digital “key” to allow this would be indication the destination and origination boxes are authorized to the same account. I could see this type of box to box transfer as easily being doable via a whole-home network setup, perhaps after hours when the boxes are not otherwise tasked with recording, etc
I honestly think this would be a very good product enhancement, one that customers would significantly value, and one that would not in any way undermine DirecTV’s product offering or direction. Not everyone wants a single DVR Genie type solution in the house. I prefer a multiple DVR whole home setup. (If they would only allow me to select the destination DVR for a recording from another DVR (as can be done from a non-DVR receiver, that would be perfect)