Hd dish dvr

i have a dish network hd dvr. I can record my movies and tv shows to an external harddrive. Is there any way i can hook it up to my pc to watch my recordings on my laptop

Just connect it and try your luck with vlc.

[QUOTE=henry3177;2196294]i have a dish network hd dvr. I can record my movies and tv shows to an external harddrive. Is there any way i can hook it up to my pc to watch my recordings on my laptop[/QUOTE]

Short answer is no. the drive is formatted in a Linux format, and in addition to that the files on the drive are encrypted. Dish does offer the little portable players that allow you to transfer recordings, but they will be in standard def, not HD. I think it’s called “PocketDish”

Can you record using a capture card? I have a Dish DVR, I never tried it.