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Can I use a non-proprietary HDD (DVR) though my Comcast Converter?

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Can I use a non-proprietary HDD (DVR) though my Comcast Converter?

I own a Philips 160GB HDD (DVR) that I purchased and used very well with my Comcast service until I was forced to use the cable converter box to receive my cable signal. Now I cant firgure out how to hook up my DVR to use for scheduled recording. It will only record a station if the cable is tuned to that station. Wondering if anyone else has one of these systems and if so, how its set up?
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Re: Can I use a non-proprietary HDD (DVR) though my Comcast Converter?

You could try using an IR blaster to have the Philips force the DTA to change channels.  You could also split the cable and have the Philips record the basic analog channels still available without the DTA.



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Re: Can I use a non-proprietary HDD (DVR) though my Comcast Converter?

I have never heard of an IR blaster, but after looking it up, it may be an option. The only issue I still see is that I can't watch one channel while recording another.. Looks like this ability was eliminated when all the service providers started leasing and selling proprietary DVRS, which would explain why there are so many VCR's in the junkyard...
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Re: Can I use a non-proprietary HDD (DVR) though my Comcast Converter?

Does the DVR have a CableCard slot? You could then put a splitter on the cable, and send one to the cable box and the other to the DVR, as the DVR would be able to use the CableCard to tune all your channels.
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Re: Can I use a non-proprietary HDD (DVR) though my Comcast Converter?

Nope, not that I am aware of...