Yes I know this can't be done at present, but the question is could it be done.
Since the V6 came out there have been quite a few people, myself included facing the dilemma of loosing recordings if we want to upgrade.
The common argument against is that the tivo is not an archiving device.
1stly why have a device that can record hundreds of hours of shows. 2ndly its not really about loosing archived material, I lead a busy life, so sometimes I'll be a few weeks behind in a series, maybe have a couple of films which looked interesting but haven't had a chance to see etc. And the problem is that while you try to catch up on those you fall behind on others so I never really get fully up to date.
Anyway the real question is could it technically be done. You can at present stream between devices so couldn't that be used to move a recording from one device to another.
The problem of course is time as that could take a few hours so not something that can be done in an engineers visit, however it could probably be done for self installs..
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1stly why have a device that can record hundreds of hours of shows.
Because I record programmes, sometimes for me, sometimes for others, in the knowledge that not all will eventually be watched due to pressures such as time constraints, perhaps we hear bad reviews and don't bother and perhaps other methods are chosen to watch them, e.g. iPlayer, perhaps even on other devices.
I lost some programmes when I switched to the V6 recently but I had also recorded particular programmes on the Tivo I was keeping so they could be watched on that box, over the network if required.
However, that was of little consequence compared to having both boxes replaced last October, after months of waiting. Some series/programmes had been on one of those boxes for a long time but I was anxious to get the boxes replaced, so the sacrifice was worth it. To be honest, if they had mattered that much to me then I would have a got a recorder to archive them.
And remember, the real problems are with the content providers not wanting you to keep them rather than technical problems.
Just my thoughts.
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