I have a Dish Network 722 HD receiver/dvr which allows HD recordings with the dvr. It is my understanding these are in an mpeg-4 format, and they definitely offer exceptional quality when played back with the dvr. These HD recordings use about 6 times the storage space of SD recordings made with this Dish 722 receiver/dvr. This receiver also allows for connection of an external hard drive, to increase the storage capacity for dvr recordings. There is a USB connection for adding one external hard drive (up to 750g) at a time. I can also move recordings from the built-in DVR hard drive to the external, to free up space.
I would like to be able to move my most treasured HD recordings from the Dish dvr to an external hard drive, and then attach the external hard drive to my pc and transfer the files to dvd discs (burned as data discs) for permanent storage. Then I can always put them back on the external hard drive, plug it into my 722 and play the HD recording.
I also wonder if the data files on dvd discs might possibly be played back thru the Dish dvr using an external dvd drive attached to the USB port on the Dish receiver/dvr.
Also, any way to utilize or convert the mpeg4 files and burn near-HD quality video dvds of those HD dvr recordings? I have read somewhere they may be encoded and can only be played back thru the Dish dvr.
Anybody got any experience with this stuff?
Any and all input would be gladly appreciated.