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05-13-2012 08:10 PM #1
External hard drive work without satellite connection?
I've tried taking my dish receiver to a vacation home where there's no satellite connection. While I can watch the DVR content but when I tried to watch what's on the external hard drive, it says it must be activated?
When I got home.. the external hard drive is working fine with the satellite connection.
Why is that?
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05-13-2012 08:24 PM #2Insane in the Membrane
I suppose it is just a leftover from back when EHDs required a fee to activate. They either didn't change it due to technical reasons or they just don't want you using the EHD without a sat connection.
Either way, that is how it works. No sat connection, no EHD. It is true that the content on the DVR's internal drive will work, but the receiver will be deactivated after a certain amount of time without a satellite connection (most people say within 2 weeks, I don't know for sure how long.)
05-13-2012 08:29 PM #3Pub Member / Supporter
That internal DVR will only work for a short time, depending upon model. No sat connection, no authorization, start timer to shutdown.Reunite Pangaea!
05-14-2012 08:55 PM #4SatelliteGuys Regular
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I had a 508 receiver which I can still access all the DVR content even though it's been disabled for years
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05-15-2012 07:26 AM #6