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Exporting recorded content from a DISH DVR

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A client has asked me to help him save programs he's recorded on his DISH DVR as he is changing TV providers. I haven't seen his DVR receiver yet, but as I prepare for this, I'm wondering if anyone has experience taking a DISH box apart, accessing the hard drive, and re-assembling it such that DISH isn't going to notice.

There's a question from 2006 that addresses some of this, but in seven years I'm sure things have changed.

Thanks.
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I'm sure Dish isn't going to notice anything that happens with it once the coax, cat5/phone and AC cables are all unplugged.  :-)

Decrypting the data saved on the hard drive is another story altogether.

If it was a Tivo, you could copy them off to your computer using TivoDesktop and decrypt them using a program called TivoDecode that removes the .tivo wrapper and converts them to .MP2 files by using the 10-digit media access key (MAK) found in the Tivo's setup screens.

I searched for "disharc" on dbstalk.com and found you can connect an external hard drive (EHD) to the Dish receiver, move the programs to the EHD, then move them to another Dish receiver from the EHD.  Even asking how to hack their DRM encryption is likely a violation here, so start with that search and see what you can find out on dbstalk.com's site.
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Thank you. This appears to be good information. Unfortunately, the goal is to somehow play the programs after the DISH account is closed, and that appears to not be possible. Easily, anyway.
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Thank you. This is correct. Unfortunately, the guy wants to be able to watch the saved content once he closes his DISH account, and it appears that won't work. Thanks.
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