Changes in our DVRs to allow USB access??

Changes in our DVRs to allow USB access??

All:

 Here is a personal request that AT&T U-Verse please change their DVR firmware so that we can access any USB device through the DVR's USB port.  As of now, our USB devices can only get charged via the AT&T DVR USB port; but, we cannot access the video or audio files on our USB devices. Allowing such access can be very helpful to those of us with external USB devices full of legal videos for us to look at.

 

Keith

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Scholar

Re: Changes in our DVRs to allow USB access??

<Sarcasm>

 

Wow, you mean you can use the USB on your Uverse boxes to charge stuff?  I can't even do THAT with mine!

 

</Sarcasm>

 

...and that's the truth!

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ACE - Master

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I suspect there a goodly number of us who would like to be able to plug an external HDD into that USB port and have it accessible.  BUT.....no AT&T decision makers here.....just us subscribers like you.  I'm guessing the STB's operating system would have to be modified to make the USB port useable.
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hpmsrm wrote:
I suspect there a goodly number of us who would like to be able to plug an external HDD into that USB port and have it accessible.  BUT.....no AT&T decision makers here.....just us subscribers like you.  I'm guessing the STB's operating system would have to be modified to make the USB port useable.

Yeah, would be nice if we could hook up an external hard disk via the USB port for more hard disk space for the DVR.

For TV-viewing of still pics and music stored on my PC (Windows 7), AT&T U-verse's Media Share works great for me.

Wish they would enable the viewing of videos stored on the PC too.

The Windows Media Player in Windows 7 is capable of streaming video (just like pics and music); AT&T must have disabled it in Media Share for some reason.

 

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Professor

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The ability to to this has been mentioned in a number of the customer surveys that I have received from AT&T, so they are aware that this is a desired option.  I do not know if or when it will actually be implemented.

 

 

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Employee

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This is unlikely to happen because of RIAA and their war on piracy. The recordings have to be encrypted and that may be hard to do if you can plug and unplug a drive.

 

It has been reported the limit the total number of recordings to around 200 recordings. This was done to keep the search time for a recording short.

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I had also been wishing for a way to view my video files from my PC to my TV. However, I don't think AT&T Uverse will implement the STB's USB to do this anytime soon.....  and who knows when/if Media Share will be implemented.

 

I had also been wanting a Netflix-ready device, and I found the following allows me to play BluRay, view my video files from my PC as well as playing MP3 audio files and JPG pic files.

 

Here is what I purchased:

Insignia™ Blu-ray Disc Player with 1080p Output
http://www.insigniaproducts.com/products/dvd-players-recorders/NS-BRDVD3.html

 

...OR, if you prefer 'wireless", the following is also available:

Insignia™ Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi and 1080p Output 
http://www.insigniaproducts.com/products/dvd-players-recorders/NS-WBRDVD.html

 

First of all, it works great if you want\need a Netflix-enabled device in order to stream movies and TV programs from their extensive, growing library.

 

I was most interested in the USB port which is front-accessible.  Here are my findings:

I use a flash-drive and copy my files(s) over to it, and plug it in the player's USB port, and the file(s) play just fine.

 

I have sucessfully tested and played the following type files thru the USB port:

Picture Files (JPG)... the player allows you view each file seperately, or you can utilize the "slideshow" feature.

Audio Files (MP3)... the MP3 files play great as well with player's built-in player.

Video files: (AVI, MP4, MKV) ... I have successfully played the mentioned file formats... there may be more formats it will play as well.

 

Even though the user manual (and documentation) is rather vague about the use of the USB port and what it does and doesn't support, the above-mentioned file formats I have tried and played do work.

 

It should be noted that it is my understanding that this USB port only supports FAT32 file system and not NTFS.  I just copy my desired files to my flash-drive.  I guess I could reformat my external USB HDD to FAT32, but I am satisfied with my method, and do not wish to reformat my external USB HD, etc.

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Professor

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Escapee wrote:

This is unlikely to happen because of RIAA and their war on piracy. The recordings have to be encrypted and that may be hard to do if you can plug and unplug a drive.

 

It has been reported the limit the total number of recordings to around 200 recordings. This was done to keep the search time for a recording short.


 

I disagree with the top claim since AT&T has mentioned this ability in their surveys.  Also, if the data file is created by the Uverse software, whether it is on the internal drive or a USB mounted drive is immaterial.

The second may be a limitation of WinCE or just a system parameter.  If it is the latter, it can be changed.

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ACE - Master

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Roha1234 wrote:

I had also been wishing for a way to view my video files from my PC to my TV. However, I don't think AT&T Uverse will implement the STB's USB to do this anytime soon.....  and who knows when/if Media Share will be implemented.

 

I had also been wanting a Netflix-ready device, and I found the following allows me to play BluRay, view my video files from my PC as well as playing MP3 audio files and JPG pic files.

 

Here is what I purchased:

Insignia™ Blu-ray Disc Player with 1080p Output
http://www.insigniaproducts.com/products/dvd-players-recorders/NS-BRDVD3.html

 

...OR, if you prefer 'wireless", the following is also available:

Insignia™ Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi and 1080p Output 
http://www.insigniaproducts.com/products/dvd-players-recorders/NS-WBRDVD.html

 

First of all, it works great if you want\need a Netflix-enabled device in order to stream movies and TV programs from their extensive, growing library.

 

I was most interested in the USB port which is front-accessible.  Here are my findings:

I use a flash-drive and copy my files(s) over to it, and plug it in the player's USB port, and the file(s) play just fine.

 

I have sucessfully tested and played the following type files thru the USB port:

Picture Files (JPG)... the player allows you view each file seperately, or you can utilize the "slideshow" feature.

Audio Files (MP3)... the MP3 files play great as well with player's built-in player.

Video files: (AVI, MP4, MKV) ... I have successfully played the mentioned file formats... there may be more formats it will play as well.

 

Even though the user manual (and documentation) is rather vague about the use of the USB port and what it does and doesn't support, the above-mentioned file formats I have tried and played do work.

 

It should be noted that it is my understanding that this USB port only supports FAT32 file system and not NTFS.  I just copy my desired files to my flash-drive.  I guess I could reformat my external USB HDD to FAT32, but I am satisfied with my method, and do not wish to reformat my external USB HD, etc.


See this thread for three options of viewing videos from your PC to your TV. 

http://utalk.att.com/t5/Equipment/XBMC-via-a-STB/m-p/202691#M38341

 

Dealextreme.com (HongKong mail order house) has dozens of boxes to play media through your TV (via USB or external HD).

 

A tech told me two weeks ago that AT&T will most likely keep video crippled through Mediashare.  I also doubt that they will enable video viewing through the USB port.

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Re: Changes in our DVRs to allow USB access??

Here is what I purchased:

Insignia™ Blu-ray Disc Player with 1080p Output
http://www.insigniaproducts.com/products/dvd-players-recorders/NS-BRDVD3.html

 

...OR, if you prefer 'wireless", the following is also available:

Insignia™ Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi and 1080p Output 
http://www.insigniaproducts.com/products/dvd-players-recorders/NS-WBRDVD.html

 

First of all, it works great if you want\need a Netflix-enabled device in order to stream movies and TV programs from their extensive, growing library.

 is there a way to keep the internet on my pc while streaming from netflix at the same time.currently i have to unplug the ethernet from pc and directly connect to blu ray

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Explorer

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frankctx wrote:

 is there a way to keep the internet on my pc while streaming from netflix at the same time.currently i have to unplug the ethernet from pc and directly connect to blu ray


 

I'm not sure who your internet provider is... if it's AT&T Uverse, you have a total of four ports (on the RG) allowing you to have four devices running at the same time if so desired and needed.

 

If your provider is not AT&T Uverse, you may have to add a router.... such as a LinkSys router.  A trip, or call, to your local retailer (such as Best Buy) should get your question(s) answered.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask here as well.

 

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dhascall wrote:

See this thread for three options of viewing videos from your PC to your TV. 

http://utalk.att.com/t5/Equipment/XBMC-via-a-STB/m-p/202691#M38341

 

Dealextreme.com (HongKong mail order house) has dozens of boxes to play media through your TV (via USB or external HD).

 

A tech told me two weeks ago that AT&T will most likely keep video crippled through Mediashare.  I also doubt that they will enable video viewing through the USB port.


 

dhascall,

 

Thanks for your input.

 

Yes, I had seen a number of devices such as these listed in the thread reference.  However when I "ran across" the Insignia BluRay player with Netflix access-enabled, AND the USB port, it satisfied my needs exactly, PLUS, I was fortunate that the "wired model" I bought was on sale at the time at Best Buy for $99.99 (reg $129.99).  I have been extremely satisfied with this rather inexpensive "solution", and have had no problems with any of its features.... Netflix streaming works just great,as well as standard DVD and BluRay playback, and, of course, utilizing the USB port to play files from my PC (using a flash drive).

 

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ACE - Master

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Cool.  Is there any "stuttering" when playing from the USB drive?

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dhascall wrote:

Cool.  Is there any "stuttering" when playing from the USB drive?


 

I'm not sure what you mean by "stuttering", but the playback from the USB flash drive works perfectly.

 

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ACE - Master

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Roha1234 wrote:

 


dhascall wrote:

Cool.  Is there any "stuttering" when playing from the USB drive?


 

I'm not sure what you mean by "stuttering", but the playback from the USB flash drive works perfectly.

 


I have always thought that Flash USB Drives, External HD's and son, did not have the speed for video.  In fact, when I was looking at getting a second HD, I went with an internal because the salesperson said that external (USB) HD did not have enough speed for video.  So, now, i know.

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