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    Default Anyone Know How to Save DVR'd Shows to a Computer?

    I have Time Warner Cable and a Samsung cable box. The box has been messing up recently, so we need to exchange it for a new one. However, I have some shows/sporting events saved to the DVR that I don't want to lose.

    Does anyone know how to save these to a computer? If so, how?

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    Default Re: Anyone Know How to Save DVR'd Shows to a Computer?

    im pretty sure only hddvr are capable to transfer to comp
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    Default Re: Anyone Know How to Save DVR'd Shows to a Computer?

    TiVos can do it, unless you are on Time Warner

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    Default Re: Anyone Know How to Save DVR'd Shows to a Computer?

    Quote Originally Posted by theSTEREO. View Post
    TiVos can do it, unless you are on Time Warner
    Quote Originally Posted by sgm405 View Post
    I have Time Warner Cable and a Samsung cable box. The box has been messing up recently, so we need to exchange it for a new one. However, I have some shows/sporting events saved to the DVR that I don't want to lose.

    Does anyone know how to save these to a computer? If so, how?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Anyone Know How to Save DVR'd Shows to a Computer?

    Quote Originally Posted by davek905 View Post
    im pretty sure only hddvr are capable to transfer to comp
    I have an HD DVR box

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    Default Re: Anyone Know How to Save DVR'd Shows to a Computer?

    I don't know, but don't these DVR systems have hard drives? I'm sure you could take the drive out and copy the data. It might be encrypted but I doubt it.

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    Default Re: Anyone Know How to Save DVR'd Shows to a Computer?

    I dont think it's possible, the information is encrypted. Even if you did figure out a way, the only channels you could transfer would be network stations, all others are definitely encrypted.

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    Default Re: Anyone Know How to Save DVR'd Shows to a Computer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ren View Post
    I dont think it's possible, the information is encrypted. Even if you did figure out a way, the only channels you could transfer would be network stations, all others are definitely encrypted.
    Yeah, and that's a Time Warner specific thing too. Most other providers only encrypt pay channels like HBO and whatnot, whereas Time Warner copy protects everything other than Network shows. Dumb.

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    Default Re: Anyone Know How to Save DVR'd Shows to a Computer?

    If your box has component video out, then you can you can record HD using an Hauppauge HD-PVR. If you don't care if your recordings are HD, then there are a number of other options.

    The contents of the HD of a DVR is typically encrypted. The data stream of a particular provider may include clear unencrypted QAM channels that can be recorded with an appropriate tuner card/device. Of course that may not include the channel you wish to record.

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    Default Re: Anyone Know How to Save DVR'd Shows to a Computer?

    I see.. Yea, the video content is apparently encrypted on the second partition using a key related to the individual serial of your STB. Oh well. If it's a Motorola box though, one could look into if it uses a BCM3319 or BCM3318 chip, as those have been cracked wide open and can be JTAG'd. Depends on how far one is willing to go with this...

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