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Making Room For HD Recordings

Anyone who's ever recorded a sporting event on a DVR knows that the four or five hours of a game can eat up quite a bit of hard drive space. Record that game in high-definition and you'll quickly realize how valuable the space on that internal hard drive can be.

Now, satellite TV provider Dish Network is getting ready to pull the trigger on an upgrade that will allow external hard drives up to 750 gigabytes to connect to the DVR's USB port, increasing the storage to a capacity that would ease the worries that the season premiere of Lost won't be wiped out just because you haven't had a chance to watch Monday Night Football yet. According to, the upgrade will occur next week and Dish Network will charge a one-time $40 fee to set it up.

By Sam Diaz  |  August 9, 2007; 2:21 PM ET  | Category:  Sam Diaz
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Cool, now all we need to do is convince Verizon that their outdated DVRs should do the same.

FYI, I got a notice saying they're about to upgrade the software on the FiOS boxes.

Posted by: hemisphire | August 9, 2007 3:39 PM

I also got notice that FiOS is upgrading their DVR interface, and agree this would be a very welcome addition.

Posted by: Falls Church | August 10, 2007 4:54 PM

A very accurate and timely source for news about the satellite industry is For example, the information you quoted from was posted to on August 3rd, including information about the costs. The guy who runs it is an installer who seems to have some well placed contacts within both satellite companies.

Also of note: Dish Network recently made active the Ethernet port on their latest generation of receivers. This will allow the receivers to now "phone home" without using a home phone line, a boon to those of us who have ditched land lines completely.

Posted by: Dan | August 12, 2007 11:11 PM

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