Dish Network enables USB 2.0 storage for DVRs

Dish Network DVR USB message

ZatzNotFunny reported that Dish Network has now enabled the USB 2.0 port their ViP622 DVR. The Ethernet port is also being enabled as part of the software update. Users can now connect USB 2.0 external hard drives to their DVRs to expand the storage capacity, and use the Ethernet port for the calls home instead of the modem. However, there is a catch – there is a $39.99 activation fee to enable the USB ports.

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  • zach

    When you activate the usb, is the programs encrypted or can i then transfer the shows like the Tivo setup to my laptop?

  • megazone

    I believe the shows are encrypted and only play on the receiving Dish unit.