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DVR capacity?

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DVR capacity?

I'm a new customer and started with U200. 1 DVR & 3 STB's

I just upgraded to U300.

I was wondering if I need to upgrade my DVR.

 

I think the current one has only 175 HD min. I'm worried about running out of space.

I had heard that they do make larger cap. DVR's for U300 & U450

 

OR, Can I purchase an external Hard Drive to connect to the DVR?

 

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Employee

Re: DVR capacity?

Hello eZAK,

 

My name is Morgan, I'm one of the U-verse Community Specialists. Here is a document that has a section describing the different DVR models and their storage capacity. I'm going to send you a private message that will land in your inbox to discuss the options for upgrading your DVR unit. Thank you! Smiley Happy

If you encounter any issues with your service or equipment, I recommend checking out our Troubleshoot & Resolve solutions to help diagnose the issue.
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ACE - Expert

Re: DVR capacity?

eZAK - If you are serious about long term storage of content, you should get the equipment designed to do that.

Consider the DVR short term storage for time shifting. Sooner or later you are going to have a failure & lose what you have recorded on the DVR. If you want to be sure to have it you need to make another copy. You might as well do that for anything you want to save long term.

Play the recordings into a computer and make a back up copy of the computer.

This should be less and less necessary. You can get the copies on line for little or no money. Also, there is hope that U-verse will soon transition to a cloud based storage.
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Teacher

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Morgan; reply sent!

 

aviewer; Are you talking 3rd party or through U-verse?

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ACE - Expert

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eZAK - DVR is u-verse, computer is third party -

Consider the U-verse DVR short term storage for time shifting. Sooner or later you are going to have a failure & lose what you have recorded on the U-verse DVR. If you want to be sure to have it you need to make another copy. You might as well do that for anything you want to save long term.

Play the recordings from the U-verse DVR into a computer and make a back up copy of the computer.
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Teacher

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aviewer; I think you fail to grasp the whole concept here.

 

AT&T would be the 1st party, The customer would be the 2nd party, a third party would be NetFlicks, Amazon, Hulu..........etc.

 

I don't see a way to download a movie /show to my PC's HDD. Which is way one would need a third party.

 

My original intent was to either have a larger capacity DVR or use a third party HDD by W.D.

I know they make external HDD for Comcast, Dish Network, and other platforms. But I D K about ATT.

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ACE - Expert

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eZAK - I agree att is first party other mfgr is third party. You transfer your recordings one by one by playing them into a receiver such as Elgato or Hauppage. The HDD by WD could be used if it accepts video signals - not data transfer. There are many many devices that do.
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Teacher

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If that is true, would all outputs on the DVR be active & non-encrypted [Component, HDMI, SATA] ?
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ACE - Expert

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eZAK - HDMI is a two way interface & may block some content. It is hard to find an HDMI interface to the computer. Component and composite probably open. COAX and s-video open too. SATA is not video.

All outputs are active, with the caveat that an HDMI cable connected to the STB can affect/impact the output of the others.
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Teacher

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aviewer - So in theory, if the SATA port is active, I could connect a formatted HDD to add extra storage. Which I then could physically take it a PC an upload it.
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ACE - Expert

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eZAK - What SATA port?? The USB is only powered - not useful. Only outputs are video. No data transfer.
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Employee

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The USB port on DVR and set top boxes are for the adapter used with RF remotes ($59)

http://www.att.com/equipment/accessory-details/?q_sku=sku4760278
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Teacher

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My ISB7500 has a SATA port. Between ethernet and component.

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ACE - Expert

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eZAK - Cool! Always an opportunity to learn something new. Never seen a post or official document on it. Everyone always mentions the obvious USB port. I see the SATA on the Moto 2250, as well, Do not know about other models, but probably consistent.

Perhaps it will be activated in the same update that allows direct service to computers. LOL

Technically, these are baby steps. But, a major change in the business end.
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Re: DVR capacity?

For what this may be worth, my own setup is probably a bit different from most others.  I channel my DVR through a VCR/DVD recording unit before it reaches my TV.  As such, the program being viewed on the TV is directly coming from the VCR/DVD.

 

By having the DVR mated to the VCR/DVD, I am able to transfer my recorded DVR programs by dubbing them either onto a VHS or DVD (yes I still use VHS) for permanent copies.  As another poster noted, the DVR hard drive is only a temporary form of storage since it is owned by AT&T -- and because it is essentially a computer.  

 

And, as we all know, computers are prone to breaking down, need to be replaced every few years, etc.  So if you can do something like what I do, it is easy to play the programs back from the DVR as you're recording it on DVD or VHS, if you have that type of equipment.

 

Good luck!

 

 

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