Series3 eSATA FAQ

The folks over at have compiled a Series3 eSATA FAQ.

But the most interesting bit, to me, is the link to this post. dt_dc noticed that CableLabs just recently (4/20/07) revised their DFAST licensing agreement to allow vendors (such as TiVo) to support external storage (eSATA, USB, FireWire, etc) without explicit CableLabs approval. So it sounds like TiVo could introduce *official* eSATA support when the want to now – which I hope would be *soon*. Of course, there is no way to know if the current back door eSATA support meets the new guidelines, which would make turning it on officially seemingly simple, or if TiVo would have to rework what they’ve already done to meet the guidelines. This does offer more hope that TiVo won’t clamp down on the back door and disable it, at least.

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  • fzzl

    Cool! I wonder if this brings TiVo any closer to being able to reenable Multi Room Viewing? I mean, my other TiVo “could” be thought of as external storage right! :)

  • megazone

    Unfortunately, no. If you read the CableLabs rules external storage is OK but the content can only be played on the original device. So those rules don’t cover moving to another device and playing there.

    That’d be a different ruling.