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I have the Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300HD. Your best best is to hook up a VCR or DVD recorder to archive recordings on the DVR. However, it will downconvert any HD broadcast into standard def. You can do this in the menu when viewing your recorded list. One of the options is "Copy to VCR". It works for either a DVD or a VCR that is connected to the box.

You can't transfer the HD content because of copy protection. There are apparently ways to copy the info to a computer, convert it and burn it to a DVD, but that's pretty complex. If you're adventurous and want to try it, you can find info by searching a home theater forum like avsforum.com.

BTW, you can also increase your storage space by purchasing an add-on hard drive to the box. If anyone wants to know where you can find one, PM me.

I would love to somehow copy my HD versions of all the Canes finals wins, plus Game 7 against Buffalo and opening night onto a new HD-DVD or Blu-ray disc easily, but that's not gonna happen. I'm hoping the hard drive in the unit will hold up until that happens.

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i will research that and get back to you. do you have to purchase a DVD player/burner or can you hook up a USB based DVD burner??

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I think you can only use a composite (red/white/yellow) connection, or an S-video (looks like a computer mouse connection) for recording to another source. USB and component connections can transfer HD content, and are copy protected - which sometimes causes problems with transfers.

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