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HD DVR recordings to PC?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by maverick22, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. maverick22

    maverick22 Mentor

    Jan 5, 2011
    I have noticed a couple of old threads on this..didn't see anything new.

    I have a HD DVR in one room, and I have my PC in another room. Is there anyway maybe I could force recordings to an external hard drive, and then take my external hard drive to the PC and put the recordings there?

    What type of format are DirecTV's recordings in? an "editable for PC" format?

    I switched to D*TV just a few days ago. I was using the coax plugged from the wall to PC to do recordings in Media Center. I guess Time Warner cut that off though (yesterday).

    I am looking for another way to record to PC now OR just get D*TV files to PC.

  2. say-what

    say-what Active Member

    Dec 14, 2006
    New Orleans
    Only way to do this is to use a video capture device and connect that to the outputs of the DVR and record in real time.
  3. Milkman

    Milkman Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
  4. maverick22

    maverick22 Mentor

    Jan 5, 2011
  5. dualsub2006

    dualsub2006 Icon

    Aug 28, 2007
    You are streaming from the DVR to your PC. What's more, the D* software disables (or so they say) screen capture and recording. I've yet to find something that I've wanted a copy of badly enough to try to figure out any way around it. With every movie channel, Netflix and even Redbox in a pinch I'm pretty satisfied.

    Given what TiVo and Dish do with allowing you to move recordings to a PC or even a mobile device I would think that D* would have to do something with this eventually. Given the contentious relationship that exists between the content providers and the content aggregators I am hopeful that D* will say f it and open up as fully as their contracts will allow them to.
  6. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    They're in a Linux-based file system and are heavily encrypted, so, no.
  7. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    The only way to get to an "editable for PC" format would be an analog capture device, as post #2 says.
  8. maverick22

    maverick22 Mentor

    Jan 5, 2011
    Well my PC has a capture card/Tuner. It's just in the other room as the DirecTV receiver.

    That's the one thing I like about Time Warner. You don't have to have a receiver for every room. You can just plug a coax into the wall and at least you get basic cable channels. I was doing this with my PC as well with Media Center. I also have a fitness room with a small TV that was just coax to the wall. That only gets like 14 local channels now.

    I had no idea Time Warner had control over that. I guess they "pulled the plug."
    My Internet's running through the same coax as my PVR setup was. Now I'm only getting those same 14 channels on my PVR. Sucks!
  9. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    You're lucky you still get ANY analog channels. Many areas have had their cable companies switch to 100% digital already, which means analog TVs all need a converter box, and TVs with digital tuners need a converter box to get anything but locals.
  10. kevinwmsn

    kevinwmsn Hall Of Fame

    Aug 19, 2006
    I use the Hauppage HDPVR. It will capture analog HD from my DVRs to my pc. They cost less than $200.
  11. maverick22

    maverick22 Mentor

    Jan 5, 2011
    Do you have a link to one?

  12. Ganome_Danome

    Ganome_Danome Duplicate User (Account Closed)

    Dec 10, 2009

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