USB Storage Question

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by atmuscarella, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY


    I see that engadet has an article about Dishnetwork using USB storgage on there VIP622 DVR. It is somewhat interesting because they are using the external USB drives as storage not as additional recording space (you manually move recordings to the USB drive for storage and then have to manually move them back to the DVR to view them). Which is basically what you can do with TiVoToGo and a PC.

    So is there any technical reason TiVo couldn't do the same thing with a Series 2 or 3 TiVo?

  2. OLdDog

    OLdDog Reformed Druid

    Dec 15, 2001
    Yes. They technically don't want to.

    Actually it is, probably, slightly possible but TiVo probably figures that the networking features are good enough.

    Also the additional drivers might over tax the system.
  3. rainwater

    rainwater Active Member

    Sep 21, 2004
    I'm pretty surprised Dish is using USB although I assume those boxes don't have eSATA. eSATA is much more efficient than USB so it would make no sense to use USB. Using eSATA is just as efficient as installing the drive internally (unless you use a crappy enclosure).
  4. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY
    When I was thinking about this several thinks came to mind.

    One was a potential revenue stream for TiVo they could make/sell one USB external drive/enclosure and only support that enclosure like they are doing with the TiVo HD unit and the USB WiFi adapter.

    The second thing that came to mind was the difference between capacity and storage. External eSATA for the Series 3/TiVo HD adds capcity, the external drive is married to the internal drive. If TiVo allowed external USB drives to be used as storage it would be somewhat different. You would not need to leave the USB drive connected and it should be able to be used by any TiVo you have. I guess if you were a real pack rat you could pile up lots of these drives just like some people used to do with VCR tapes.

  5. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

    May 1, 2006
    Dallas, TX


    I would like that idea implemented in Tivo.
    But they already have TivoToGo, etc., and I feel if this were possible, the only people that would use TTG would be the people that actually burn their shows to DVD.
  6. ZombiE

    ZombiE TIVO Bender

    Dec 16, 2005
    Fort Walton...
    I would like to think that this is a step forward for Tivo as well to get the eSata port officially enabled on the S3 and S3 lite. But I really like the idea of being able to swap out drives without jacking up the recordings.

    +1 for Dish?

  7. stevel

    stevel Dumb Blond TCF Club

    Aug 23, 2000
    Nashua, NH
    The major reason TiVo designed and sold their own adapter is that they could not keep up with the frequent design changes of the retail adaptors. Often, manufacturers would introduce an incompatible design under the same model number. It was a bonus that they could also include extra processing in the adaptor to offload the CPU.

    When the S3 was first announced, TiVo said that it would sell its own eSATA drives, but I think they may have reconsidered.

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