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Old 4th February 2012, 03:02 AM
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Dish TV launches USB recording on existing HD STB via firmware upgrade

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Dishtv has launched a new feature by which via normal software upgrade the existing HD set top boxes would be recording capable and that too on a USB drive that can be connected to the existing USB port at the back of the STB.

The recording option needs to be activated via SMS one time and a separate remote of Rs 300 needs to be ordered. As per dish tv this will allow recording which will be limited only by the capacity of the external drive(s) but it seems these recordings will not be readable via PC later on. Yet to check, will try ordering the remote over the weekend.

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Re: Dish TV launches USB recording on existing HD STB via firmware upgrade

It's a good option. Here is my take on it:

- It requires a dedicated USB HDD/pen drive which will be formatted by the STB for sole use on the STB. In my book, that's like wasting a resource.

- All recordings will be encrypted. I am not sure if you can copy these recordings to another disk for sharing. Essentially, these recordings will be playable only by the STB which recorded them.

- No recording on MoD.

These are negatives as far as I am concerned. Only those "muffins" whose wives demand to see "Don" might be the ones interested in such an upgrade.
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It's a good option. Here is my take on it:

- It requires a dedicated USB HDD/pen drive which will be formatted by the STB for sole use on the STB. In my book, that's like wasting a resource.

- All recordings will be encrypted. I am not sure if you can copy these recordings to another disk for sharing. Essentially, these recordings will be playable only by the STB which recorded them.

- No recording on MoD.

These are negatives as far as I am concerned. Only those "muffins" whose wives demand to see "Don" might be the ones interested in such an upgrade.
Hi Kapz,
I think the the negatives you have posted are true for all present day Set Top Boxes having DVR option.

Moreover one contradicting negative point you have posted is that it will not record movie on demand but at the same time you have said that it will be of use to watch Don at 3am which is a Movie on Demand service once again.

Some obvious advantages that I saw and ordered immediately are below
1. Cost wise this is the cheapest option of all presnet hay DVR STBs in market. While others sell it at around INR 4000, dish is offering at around INR 2500 by eliminating the in built HDD, only upgrade cost is the 300 INR remote control with 4 additional buttons to control recording.
2. It is upto me to decide whether I will put a 400 INR pen drive to start with or a more higher capacity HDD, of course I do not expect it to support HDDs in TB range but will post this feedback once my remote comes.
3. If I run out of space then I would have options to add more space but adding another HDD which existing DVRs on other STB do not offer easily since their HDD is fitted inside the box so you have to live with whatever you are given with initially.
4. On the other hand this DVR option is very useful for persons like me who like to watch Bollywood songs on HD channels like MTunes HD, I can record individual songs and build my song library which I can get to play the same way via my TV and AVR (audio passthrough from STB). Now whether it is in portable HDD that I play via XBMC or some other player or via STB should not matter since end of the day it is playing on my TV. I do agree that others cannot share my items but for me only encrypted songs will not be much of a problem. I can even record documentaries / etc from Nat Geo HD / Discovery HD / CID on Sony / Travel XP HD for viewing later on, not to mention scheduled recordings.

Whether Dish HD users can exchange such recordings I am not sure and probably would have to find out after some more R&D.
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Re: Dish TV launches USB recording on existing HD STB via firmware upgrade

haisaikat, I agree to all your points and do not deny at all the VFM nature of TruHD+. When I wrote about "Don", I was merely refering to an ad

Here is how I think STB is going to work for HDD/pen drive:

When you connect the media in USB slot, STB will recognise it and proceed to format it. What will be the file system of this formatted media (Fat/NTFS/Ext3), is not known.

After formatting, it is going to convert the media into a virtual drive (like steganos does, I am only thinking here). So when you take this media to your PC, PC will not see the virtual drive.

Once you get your remote, do give an update on whether you need to input any encryption key or that option too is taken away from user.

For me, personally, if the recording can't be shared, its of no use. Later, when all pseudo HD channels get converted to real HD, I might get convinced and go for it. Till then, I guess I am gonna wait and watch.
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Re: Dish TV launches USB recording on existing HD STB via firmware upgrade

okay sure, I think I will be able to post some feedbacks earliest by coming weekend.

I do not expect it to be shareable content like you said.

My target for recording will be the true HD channels only. Regarding size of recordings etc I will post them once I get it.
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Re: Dish TV launches USB recording on existing HD STB via firmware upgrade

Its a great move. Wish airtel digital tv also comes out with something similar,then i won't have to shell out 4k for the dvr.In anycase i have a number of pen drives lying extra with me which will come to use.
But won't it take away some market share of the DVR?
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Re: Dish TV launches USB recording on existing HD STB via firmware upgrade

Thats good news.I hope ,airtel does the same.
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Re: Dish TV launches USB recording on existing HD STB via firmware upgrade

If it does not have two tuners (??), then it utility is limited, e.g you can't record a channel in the background while watching another live.
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Re: Dish TV launches USB recording on existing HD STB via firmware upgrade

I think we need to be patient and watch out for a "Full-Review" about the new DishTV + Unlimitted Recordings on external usb drives. I am basically interested in
1] Quality of recording in HD - 1080p & how much size/space would say a 1 hour programme take up.
2] What is the largest capacity drive it can handle - 1 to 3 TB ?
3] Programmed/Timer recording option - while I continue to watch any other thing on my TV (say, another channel/s; or a movie from my Media Player or Blu-ray)

Note: Tata Sky came out with the same option and If I remember well, there were countless guys on this forum who went gaga over it and pre-booked the system in 1000's ?
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Re: Dish TV launches USB recording on existing HD STB via firmware upgrade

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Thats good news.I hope ,airtel does the same.
airtel, as told to me by their engineer, is soon going to offer a firmware upgrade for their HD STBs (at least AFAIK) which will enable USB (which it already has) recording/reading and LAN support as well- but don't know the extent to which the LAN will be useful. He could not tell me whether it will enable full internet browsing or will give access to certain apps/services provided by airtel through internet.

none-the-less when one has done it, others will follow suit by default, sooner or later.

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