I have read earlier posts concerning activating the USB port on the ISB7150 PVR unit to archive the recordings to an external hard drive; this was dated 2014. In a later post Telus had indicated that the USB port activation for this purpose was underway; this was in 2016. Has this been done yet?
I have been experiencing issues in both live TV and PVR playback where the image pauses or skips, and it is becoming annoying; my response from Telus on the issue is upgrade to PureFiber to improve the signal. I have over 100 recordings I do not want to lose. My internet connections are also impacted by the issues, so I am certain the cause is the copper wire.
I attempted to plug in an external HD to the USB but get nothing???? Does Telus need to activate the USB port manually?
In addition, the benefits of having the capability of activating the USB to allow archiving to an external HD would enable utilizing the PVR for playback and recording of programs, and leaving other recordings archived until wanted and restored, significantly improving flexibility of the PVR.
PVRs are not meant to archive your collection of shows indefinitely. The encrypted recordings are not meant to be stored off the device to which it decrypts those keys.
Most “recordings” are now served as on demand to be watched at anytime without the need to “record” a show. While it’s not the ultimate solution, this is all that is available as the USB is NOT active.
Best I can determine the USB port is unusable. Assorted manuals reference the port as 'for future use'.
AFAIK the data is encrypted and tied to the box. This is why when the box is replaced the hard drive cannot simply be swapped into the new box.
I suspect this is also true of their satellite TV.
Given that the storage is quite large on the newer PVRs it doesn't seem necessary to have external storage.