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What is the best way to get DVR content onto a portable device?

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by Nightmare, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. Nightmare

    Nightmare Legend

    Nov 2, 2002
    I have a Vip722 receiver with about 100 cartoons recorded (for my daughter). When we go on trips in the car we take a portable DVD player. I'm SOOoo tried of hearing the same 3 or 4 DVDs in the car.

    What are some ways to get the DVR content onto a portable device?

    It looks like the PocketDish is a dead product.

    Does Sling work with devices other than cellphones? I don't plan to let her sit in the back seat with my iPhone for hours at a time.

  2. coldsteel

    coldsteel Hall Of Fame

    Mar 29, 2007
    Connect a DVD-recorder to the RCA-out and burn DVDs. That's the only option you'd have in this case.
  3. TulsaOK

    TulsaOK New Member

    Feb 23, 2004
    Or headphones for the kiddies. :)
  4. Michael P

    Michael P Hall Of Fame

    Oct 27, 2004
    Why do you say pocketdish is a dead product? It's still being sold:

    You may have to record the SD versions of the programs you want, but it still works.
  5. koji68

    koji68 Icon

    Jun 21, 2004
  6. cj9788

    cj9788 Hall Of Fame

    May 14, 2003
    well what I do is I burn the content to a dvd, then I use my computer to save the files from the dvd, then I convert those files to mp4 format using real players video converter. It is a pain in the ass and a lot of work but i have many of my faavorite tv shows and movies on my ipod. i guess it is a matter of how badly you want the content on the device you want to use.
  7. sdschramm

    sdschramm Legend

    Aug 15, 2007
    Think of the money one could make if they sold a modernized version of the pocket dish....

    7" 720p HD screen
    32, 64 or 128GB GB SSD
    SD Card slot
    USB and FireWire connectivity
    12 hr battery life
    Transfer shows from any Dish receiver with a USB port, or download shows from your computer.
    WiFi to stream content from the internet or VOD.
    Price: starting at $199

    Any buyers?
  8. finniganps

    finniganps Hall Of Fame

    Jan 23, 2004
    $199 - lol...that's less than the pocket dish which doesn't have the great features you list....not gonna happen anytime soon.
  9. Jim5506

    Jim5506 Hall Of Fame

    Jun 7, 2004
    Or think how nice it would be if Dish allowed you to port video to MP3's and other devices like TiVo does.
  10. dmspen

    dmspen Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Dec 1, 2006
    Los Gatos,...
    Oh, you mean like this? Except for the $199 part.

    I saw a refurbed Archos 405 which connects directly to DISH rx for $89 at ecost.


  11. sdschramm

    sdschramm Legend

    Aug 15, 2007
    I said $199 as it would be similar in price to the iPod Touch/iPhone. - Only the Pocket Dish 2.0 would have more storage space, and a larger screen to make up for the fact that the iPhone has more features, apps, multitouch touch screen, etc

    On second thought, I'm surprised there isn't an "app for that" on the app store?

    Think about it......$29.99 app, buy though iTunes, transfer to your iPod touch or iPhone, and then plug your iPod into your dish receiver to transfer your shows.................heck this would be an even better solution!
  12. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    The Archos/PocketDish players work with MPEG2 content only. This means that Eastern Arc customers, for whom nearly all content is MPEG4, are out of luck, as are Western Arc customers who record mostly HD.

    For the most part, if you don't have a 522/625, these players aren't going to be that useful.
  13. Michael P

    Michael P Hall Of Fame

    Oct 27, 2004
    Why do you say that? I can record the SD versions of the channels I receive on my 622 from the Western Arc. They all should be MPEG2.

    BTW: Why did Echostar effectively abandon the Pocket Dish rather than make an updated MPEG4 version? Is this a side effect of the Tivo suit?
  14. dmspen

    dmspen Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Dec 1, 2006
    Los Gatos,...
    Oh it plays mpeg 4 ..From the Archos 7 specs...

    Video playback**: MPEG-4 (ASP@L5 AVI, up to DVD resolution)
    WMV (MP@ML, up to DVD resolution) including WMV protected files
    M-JPEG (Motion JPEG Video) in QVGA resolution

    With optional plug-in (downloadable from your tablet on www.archos.com):
    HD support: MPEG-4 (ASP 720p) & WMV HD (MP 720p)
    H.264 up to DVD resolution with AAC
    MPEG-2 MP@ML up to 10 Mbps (up to DVD resolution) and AC3 stereo sound (5.1)

  15. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    Note that I said "so are Western Arc customers who record mostly HD". Obviously, MPEG2 SD will still work, but most folks don't want to be bothered having to set up different recordings for their portable player; they want to copy the (HD) recordings that they are already recording.
  16. shadough

    shadough Icon

    Dec 31, 2006
    Pocketdish is becoming increasingly harder to find. Sadoun.com has ceased its use. pocketdish.com has been out of stock for years. There are some available on amazon though. They are sopposed to be able to be used w/ the 722 or 622 an transfer content as long as its in standard def.

    to answer the ?, either pocketdish or burn to disc.
  17. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    This is where the fantasy begins. Have you priced a 32GB SSD drive lately? A quick check of Pricegrabber says they go for about $160. Add a 7" display with speakers and a good rechargeable battery and you're well over $220. That's before the media player stuff.

    There's got to be some reason that a 32GB Zune HD is $289 and I'm guessing it isn't all the HD Radio tuner.
  18. TP715

    TP715 Mentor

    Jan 14, 2007
    What about the Hauppauge 1212 HD-PVR High Definition Personal Video Recorder? Supposedly it accepts HD via analog component connections and saves to H.264 (via USB to your computer). I don't have one so I don't know if it would work.

    Of course when they turn on SOC (Selectable Output Control) this will definitely not work.
  19. Nightmare

    Nightmare Legend

    Nov 2, 2002
    The Archos 405,605 and 705 have very mixed reviews on Amazon. But everyone with a bad review says that Archos Customer Service sucks. Many people also post that the battery life is bad. And the product is 3+ years old at this point.

    The idea of burning DVDs does not thrill me. I don't know when I will have 50 free hours to burn off the shows. Burning 100 x 30 minutes show is going to take forever :nono2:
  20. tedb3rd

    tedb3rd Godfather DBSTalk Club

    Feb 2, 2006
    For about $4K you can get one of those satellite dishes that track (they have them on boats and RVs)... DC to AC power inverter, a second receiver, TV in the backseat... You're set!! (And then I want to be your daughter too because you have the COOLEST backseat setup of anybody!!) ( - :

    Seriously... The other ideas are doable too... If you're tired of the same DVD's over and over and over and over... Consider Netflix. They have tons of kids DVDs in their selection too.

    The other option would be to have another kid and then they could keep each other entertained. (I just said that so now the other two options are so incredibly affordable compared to this one.)

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