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Posted: 8/23/2005 4:19:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/23/2005 4:41:49 PM EDT by bfieldburt]
I have the Dish Network. A feature via my box is that I can record 100 hrs. of programming and watch it later. On the back of the box, it has video out that allows me to hook into my video tape recorder and record stuff onto a video tape--I know...I know...not too amazing, just like everyone can do with a TV and a VHS machine. But, I want to save some shows onto a DVD-R so I can watch them on my laptop later. Is this possible? On the back of the cable/dish box, there are the following ports. 1) S video. 2) "Dolby Digital Output"...some strange circle and half square shape I've never seen before 3) An "Expansion Port" that looks like a huge port that people used to have on their computers to hook their printer to or something.

Anyway....has anyone done this?

Does this require a video capture card on the computer end?

Any help would be appreciated.

P.S. I will only be copying cable access, non-copywrited Mexican porn.

And, I admit it, old I Love Lucy reruns.
Link Posted: 8/23/2005 5:24:05 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/23/2005 7:36:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Troy:
You won't be able to extract the information digitally (it's encrypted and there are no digital output ports on the box), but you can use an analog video capture device to capture it to your computer.

Note that the cheaper models usually capture in a smaller window than the 720x480 pixel NTSC standard (which is also DV and DVD standard). If you want the best quality, you'll want a device that will capture in 720x480. There are many to choose from.

Both OSX and WindowsXP come with free video editors that you can use to edit the video. You will need an encoder to encode the video into DVD format, though. Sometimes these will be included with your capture device, sometimes not.


Supposedly next month video from the DISH 942 and later the Dish 625/522 receivers can be off loaded via the receivers USB port to the new Archos Pocket Dish player line. So there will be a way to directly off load video… IF someone can crack the code.

Until then (if that ever comes) you are going to need a good capture card or box.
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