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getting shows off DVR
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: February 16, 2008 12:33PM
We've got the Time Warner HD DVR (I think Scientific Atlantic) and are considering getting rid of digital cable and the DVR and were wondering if there is a way to get the shows we've recorded off the DVR before we turn it in.




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Re: getting shows off DVR
Posted by: Robert M
Date: February 16, 2008 12:48PM
Bazooka,

I hear you may be able to connect it to a DVD recorder and transfer it to DVD. I tried that with a Scientific Atlanta model from Cablevision and it didn't work well at all. The fact that archiving content was a nuisance is one of the reasons I switched to a Tivo.

Robert
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Re: getting shows off DVR
Posted by: Ken Sp.
Date: February 16, 2008 12:50PM
Does it have a Firewire Port---many do?
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Re: getting shows off DVR
Posted by: Joseph C.
Date: February 16, 2008 12:50PM
Same setup- I use Eye TV with a Miglia Evolution to record from the coax output of the DVR to my MBP.
Of course, there is a loss in quality with their "HD" programing.

Still, it works, and I can create archives of the shows from Eye TV.
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Re: getting shows off DVR
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: February 16, 2008 01:06PM
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Ken Sp.
Does it have a Firewire Port---many do?

I think it does. I've just read that all recordings on the DVR are encrypted and can only be read on that specific DVR. Only Tivo lets you copy to a computer.


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Joseph C.
Same setup- I use Eye TV with a Miglia Evolution to record from the coax output of the DVR to my MBP.
Of course, there is a loss in quality with their "HD" programing.

Still, it works, and I can create archives of the shows from Eye TV.

True. But you are getting the show through the DVR. Not really removing it from the internal HD. I've read that while you can remove the shows from the HD, you cannot play them anywhere else but that DVR.




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Re: getting shows off DVR
Posted by: Ken Sp.
Date: February 16, 2008 01:16PM
My Comcast Motorola DVR let's me off load most shows. Some are encrypted. The other downside is that it downloads to the Mac in realtime--you must "watch" the show while downloading.
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Re: getting shows off DVR
Posted by: blusubaru
Date: February 16, 2008 01:50PM
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Ken Sp.
My Comcast Motorola DVR let's me off load most shows. Some are encrypted. The other downside is that it downloads to the Mac in realtime--you must "watch" the show while downloading.

So that's more like recording than it is downloading.
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Re: getting shows off DVR
Posted by: Ken Sp.
Date: February 16, 2008 02:01PM
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Ken Sp.
My Comcast Motorola DVR let's me off load most shows. Some are encrypted. The other downside is that it downloads to the Mac in realtime--you must "watch" the show while downloading.

So that's more like recording than it is downloading.

Yes---but at least the show is then portable--and it can be downloaded un-attended.
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Re: getting shows off DVR
Posted by: Racer X
Date: February 16, 2008 03:40PM
Just download the HD torrents of the shows you want if they are available.
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Re: getting shows off DVR
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: February 16, 2008 05:08PM
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Racer X
Just download the HD torrents of the shows you want if they are available.

That was my plan going forward...for the shows we keep up with. my initial problem was with some weird DIY shows and such that the wife recorded that she wanted to keep for ideas. But, I just remembered you can "save to VCR" with this DVR. So thats what we'll do. Quality is not a high priority for these shows. Just reference.




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