Transfer Recordings From Direct Dvr To Pc
Posted 19 July 2010 - 06:06 AM
Probably not. I'm not sure, but I suspect that Direct TV encrypts its recordings to keep you from doing just that. Neither they nor the copyright holders for the programs want you to do just that.
Posted 19 July 2010 - 08:47 AM
Posted 20 July 2010 - 02:47 AM
As mjd420nova suggested, you should be able to use composite/RCA connections from the DVR to a TV tuner card to send a video input to the computer that you can then "record" using the PVR or video capture software on the computer. This will be a "one to one" process...i.e. you play the video back on the DVR in "real time" and then record it...again. Thus, if the show is 1 hour long, it will take one hour to do the "transfer". If you want a slightly higher quality signal, then you can likely use an S-video cable for the video assuming both the DVR and the TV capture card have S-video connections. I am not sure if component cables would work, but I suspect not. Any digital connection (such as HDMI) will likely not work. Basically, this tends to only work with analog (and thus lower quality) connections.
FWIW, this should work with digital or analog programs and with either SD or HD programs. I essentially do this on occasion when my DVR gets full and I need to empty some stuff off that I have not had a chance to watch yet. It is not the highest quality in the world, but it is certainly watchable. The biggest downside is the time...and the fact that you are nominally "tying" up the DVR while it is happening (i.e. you cannot be watching other stuff).
Posted 21 September 2010 - 06:24 AM