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Hook up hard drive to directv without dvr?

Old 10-04-13, 04:53 PM
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Hook up hard drive to directv without dvr?

My dad has direct tv but no dvr from them. He recently bought a second receiver that can record shows off a HDD. It has hdmi in and was thinking of hooking a external HDD and plug the receiver/recorder to the direct tv box and record that way. I told him pretty sure Direct TV has encryption to prevent third party devices from doing this. Is it possible to do this?
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Old 10-04-13, 05:05 PM
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Re: Hook up hard drive to directv without dvr?

You can only attach external HDD's to DVR's which support external drives. Most DVR's have external ports (ie: USB, firewire, etc.), but most have the ports disabled. How the disc is formatted and the data stored is irrelevant.
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