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bryan562 08-16-2007 10:09 AM

Dish Network new USB 2.0 option
 
Last night when I turned on my ViP622 Dish Network receiver, a new message popped up and said "you can now hook up a USB 2.0 enabled hard drive and download your shows and store them on the drive". I was stoked. YOu have to pay $39.99 one time fee to enable this and then you have to let Dish Network software format your drive, but you can use any drive from 60 to 750gigs to download shows off and store them. It's pretty damn cool. I'll let everyone know how it works once I get a big drive and format it properly.

JDevine760 08-21-2007 08:40 PM

Re: Dish Network new USB 2.0 option
 
It works fantastically well. I have two 500gig drives I use for downloading (only one at a time of course) and one is a Seagate and the other a SimpleTech - they both work extremely well. Setup couldn't be easier. Now I have a terabyte of storage for full 1080i storage of high def movies (of which DISH is the prime provider)...Go DISH!!

AudioFileZ 08-22-2007 07:52 AM

Re: Dish Network new USB 2.0 option
 
I just orderedthe latest DirecTV HD-DVR receiver. Having no previous experience with this reciever I was wondering if it even has a USB port and if so does it appear likely that DirecTV will follow suit?

On a side note I realize that $39 is not a lot of jack for something that will dramatically increase the functionality of a HD-DVR...However, I feel that it should be provided as a perk to those who have already paid for the content and delivery plus the monthly dvr subscription fee. It's just another way that subscribers are "nickled and dimed". I guess I should be glad it's a one time instead of reoccuring one!

This is a step in the right direction: giving the consumer more of the rights that are really already legally his anyway. The pendalum swung too far the other way and it's only fair that it now starts to swing toward the consumer. The paying consumer is not the enemy and I have, for one, been greatly inconvenienced by the blanket treatment of all users as potential theifs!

freyes 08-24-2007 04:07 AM

Re: Dish Network new USB 2.0 option
 
I just got hooked up last night. Is the DishTV format proprietary? Has anyone been able to archive movies off the USB hard drive? Quality looks good, but speed (to backup to USB) is slow (45 minutes for 2 movies). Fortunately, you can archive in the background. It is best to plug in your USB drive, then call the phone number that appears on your screen, vs calling Dish first. It took forever, to get upgraded. I had to do a cold reboot, before the drive was recognized.

Neil Peart 08-31-2007 10:51 AM

Re: Dish Network new USB 2.0 option
 
I just got it set up too on my vip722 and its AWESOME. I had so much crap on my DVR and it was totally slowing it down so freeing up all that space was a big help. Does anyone know if there is a way to clean up the hard drive, kind of like on a computer where you de-fragment the drive, without totally rebooting?

By the way, I saw that the MyBook 500 gig drives from Western Digital are going for like $109. Pretty amazing.

TheMoose 08-31-2007 01:55 PM

Re: Dish Network new USB 2.0 option
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by AudioFileZ (Post 2135)
I just orderedthe latest DirecTV HD-DVR receiver. Having no previous experience with this reciever I was wondering if it even has a USB port and if so does it appear likely that DirecTV will follow suit?

On a side note I realize that $39 is not a lot of jack for something that will dramatically increase the functionality of a HD-DVR...However, I feel that it should be provided as a perk to those who have already paid for the content and delivery plus the monthly dvr subscription fee. It's just another way that subscribers are "nickled and dimed". I guess I should be glad it's a one time instead of reoccuring one!

This is a step in the right direction: giving the consumer more of the rights that are really already legally his anyway. The pendalum swung too far the other way and it's only fair that it now starts to swing toward the consumer. The paying consumer is not the enemy and I have, for one, been greatly inconvenienced by the blanket treatment of all users as potential theifs!

The DirecTV HR20 has a USB port on the front (that I use to charge up my Playstation 3 controller) & a E-SATA port on the rear that you can hook up a hard drive to & they don't charge extra for that.


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