Do all sat receivers have USB ports?
As per that Shaw Direct link, the HDPVR 630 will allow you to connect an external hard drive (up to 2 TB) by SATA cable. There are no plans at this time to enable the USB port.
There should be USB ports on all of the HD receivers. But they are inactive in the firmware (although you can use them to recharge USB devices).
Can I connect a hard drive for more external memory storage?
Unfortunately no. I also haven't heard of any plans to enable the USB port to allow external storage. But we did enable SATA connection for external drives on one of our HD receivers - more info at Shaw Direct - Expand your recording capacity with an external hard drive.
I know that Bell sat receivers can have external hard drives for extra memory storage for recording programs, so my question is can Shaw sat receivers not do the same?
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