We all know that we have USB ports & Ethernet ports on the back of our HD boxes right? If we dont have the PVR but just the Reg HD boxes why could'nt we use our own external drives? Also why is it a big secret about them?
Good question, GOOOOOD question.
The terminals that are not PVRs, but have the eSATA port can be made into PVRs by plugging a hard-drive into that port.
Ethernet, most of the newer terminals have DOCSIS 2 modems built in, but I would hate to have all my Shaw services running from one box. TV terminal goes down, it would take my internet too. Also, DOCSIS 2 is only fast enough for 20mbps plans and slower.
Most regular HD boxes lack the hardware and software needed to enable PVR functions.
PVRs usually have at least 2 TV tuners allowing you to watch 1 show and record another. HD boxes usually only have 1.
You are able to use your own external eSATA drive with most Shaw PVRs, allowing you to expand how many hours of TV you can record. Shaw even offered the Pace Summit which did not include any internal storage.
I can't say for sure why USB drives aren't supported, but you can still use the port to plug in a phone charger
I'm curious as to what use you have envisioned for the Ethernet port.
Bell pvr's have more than one. Think no more. The purpose is mostly to download the signals and edit these signals. The signal can also be split and sent somewhere else. But mostly to download movies directly.
Well an Ethernet port and a couple USB ports on a Digital Receiver means the same as when the first nes came out... meaning that the nintendo had an expansion on the bottom as well did the super nintendo.. If im not mistaken the japanese version had somethingn to plug to the bottom ie: cd rom etc.. Turbo Grafix came out with the "All right fine we'll stop keeping customers and gamers from wondering so we"ll just sell the expansion stuff" ie CD-Rom for games that sat underneath... anyway my point im trying to make is... is it possible Shaw was foreseeing this like Bells Modem where you plug in a wireless flash stick for wireless internet? And no cables? Or perhaps the ethernet was esensionally maybe for a future Router and that being the PVR itself? So maybe Shaw will end up making one box .. one item the cable guy brings in, so we wont have a modem/router/cable-box? It will be one box the the coaxil screws in from the wall into this one box and then shaw will try to sell us one box as three? You want wireless router? hears the shawstick that will be !00.00 dollars please would you like to record as in PVR? that will be 100.00. So all it will be is enabling from shaws end. Everyone following me...
Having 1 box that will act as your PVR, modem and router would definitely be great. I recommend reading the future-ready section on the Shaw Gateway Experience site. Some very smart people are hard at work on getting the software and back end systems ready to allow you to use the Gateway system as a wireless router.
And therefore the Shaw pvr's, as in all the pvr's and set top boxes sold by the different com companies, are actually designed for something more than what we are presently using it for. Why would Shaw, and Bell, disable the other pre-designed functions for it?
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