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Old 11-15-2017, 08:25 AM
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We are getting ready to return our Dish box, they seem to really want it. But, before I do, I would like to save the hours of stuff we recorded. Problem is, I can't seem to read it on a PC. Any idea of the format, and how to watch it without the box?
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Do a search for "dishtv file format" and it will show different ways to convert them. I might look into saving some of my saved shows.
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I found this link but it just tells you how to get them to an external hard drive. I would assume you've already done this and are trying to play them on your pc.

No telling what propietary way it is formatting your usb drive to store them.

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/dish-ho...view-3501.html
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I believe it's encrypted.
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It doesn't look like its going to be easy;

Answer to How to download from a Dish DVR
by stevedahl / December 15, 2011 8:57 AM PST
In reply to: How to download from a Dish DVR?

From the link;
"It's been about 4 years since I did this last.
The first thing I did was remove the hard drive from the DVR and I placed it in my Win XP computer.
I downloaded and installed DiskInternals Linux Reader Freeware (diskinternals.com)
Diskinternals Linux reader let me read the files directly on the DVR drive. I then copied the files from the DVR drive to an NTFS formatted external drive.
The video files on the DVR are not in a standard avi or mpeg format. You will need to install some software to play them or convert them to a standard format. I used a program called Splayer to play the videos I copied from the DVR to the external drive. I downloaded splayer from splayer.org
Have fun."

https://www.cnet.com/forums/discussi...sh-dvr-550417/

Maybe buy an old Dish dvr at a flea market that never got turned in and transfer them from your external drive to it. I'm not sure someone elses Dish dvr would even boot up if not receiving the right input though.
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I did search, but so many varying answers. From "can't be done", to "you need a passthrough device and video capture program". One of them hinted that it is encoded in linux. So, I was hoping for a simple answer, but it doesn't look like it is going to happen. But thanks anyways.
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I believe it's encrypted.
Encoded is the correct technical term, but this is likely going to bite you unless it's a program on something like PBS.
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