How to copy dvd files into SKY HD Hard Disc

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  1. kostas13

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    Hi all,

    Apologies if this has been covered elsewhere.

    So as the title says...I want to know (thinking that it's possible) how to transfer a DVD (here this means mpeg-2 but generally could include mpeg-4 or mpeg-1) to the hard disc of SKY HD box.

    What is the format that video files are stored on the hard disc of the HD box?
    Are they TS files?

    Many thanks for your time.

    Kostas
     
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    I dont think its possible due to the file system of the sky hd. Would be a very nice feature if you could though.
     
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    It's definately not possible. The boxes use their own format.
     
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    Assuming you want to do this for the convenience of instant access to your collection without swapping discs, have you considered the many media players now available, either with built in HDD and/or network capability?
    I have the Freecom which plays DVD .ISO files just like the real thing, complete with menus etc. It also plays MPEG1, MPEG2, VOB, AVI, DIVX and XVID

    A 500GB drive could hold around 50- 100 DVD's depending on their file size.
     
  5. kostas13

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    Well the main reason for wanted to do this, was to transfer a proper calibration DVD disc (SD or HD versions) as I find the currently aired HD test card not of much use.

    But I am thinking that there must be a way somehow as people have been replacing hard drives for larger ones and have been copying original HD disc contents to the new hard discs. Thus, if they can copy them, then they must be able to see them which, would answer my question about the format of the files ;)


    Regards,

    Kostas
     
  6. CaffeineJunkie

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    It's possible to copy files from one drive to another using a tool called copy+ but the file system these boxes use is called XTV.

    XTV belongs to NDS who are owned by NewsCorp (the same people who own SKY).

    They dont want anyone to be be able to access the data so they'll make it as difficult as possible.
     
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    I would imagine copying content from A to B is different than transferring from one file system to a largely unknown\unfamiliar file system (SKY).
     
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    Unfortunately that doesn't follow. If I gave you a book written in Mayan heiroglyphs you could easily copy the book but you wouldn't have a clue what the contents meant. :)

    It's the same with the data stream copied to the HDD in the HD box; it's copyable, since it's just a stream of 1s and 0s but without the closely guarded secret that is the NDS filesystem there's no way to understand what those 1s and 0s actually mean.
     
  9. kostas13

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    True. However, like you said, I'd probably identify them as Mayan heiroglyphs ;)

    Yes, so one of my questions has been answered by you and another poster (ie SKY using XTV and NDS crypto system.

    Well it was worth a try :)

    Regards,

    Kostas
     

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