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Old 2008-12-22, 11:44 AM   #121
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Default ExpressVu 6141 plus External HDD = Instant PVR

Still NO news on the PVR feature, here is my conversation today with bell.

Thank you for your patience.
You are now chatting with Jaime W.

Jaime W: Hello, thank you for visiting bell.ca. How may I help you today?

John : Hello, I am curious as to when Bell will release the software update for the HD 6141 receiver to allow an external USB hard drive to be attached for PVR features. This was promised by Pat Button (the previous VP of sales) in a press release in January 2008

Jaime W: Unfortunately we do not have any dates or updates on when the update will come out.

John : Has there been any talk as to whether or not this update will be coming out for these receivers, the US satellite company uses the same receivers and they already have this update available to there customers

Jaime W: Yes, the only update released this year was for the 9242 HD PVR receiver.

John : does bell not work with dishnetwork on these updates because they are owned by echostar

John : so as of right now the usb port on this receiver is basically there for cosmetic purposes.

Jaime W: Yes this feature is not yet enabled.

John : and there is no time frame on when it will become "ENABLED"

Jaime W: Unfortunately no date yet for the release. I'm sorry about this.

John : OK , thank you for this answer. I look forward to being able to use my HD 6141 receiver as a PVR with an external USB hard drive in the future.

Jaime W: It's been a pleasure helping you out today! Thank you for choosing Bell and for using bell.ca for your self-serve solutions. Have a great day!
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Old 2008-12-22, 12:39 PM   #122
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Only speculation but with the imminent release of the 6131, which will be "PVR Ready", I am inclined to think this might have been shelved.
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Old 2008-12-22, 02:06 PM   #123
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They had better release this update ... that was the only reason I purchased the 6141 is so that I could add on the EHD down the road. If not, they will be replacing mine with the 6131.
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Old 2008-12-22, 02:21 PM   #124
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They had better release this update ... that was the only reason I purchased the 6141 is so that I could add on the EHD down the road. If not, they will be replacing mine with the 6131.
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Old 2008-12-22, 02:30 PM   #125
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Only speculation but with the imminent release of the 6131, which will be "PVR Ready", I am inclined to think this might have been shelved.
Is this the same "PVR Ready" option that they sold so many ppl on for the 6141? You should really look at getting this reciever because they'll be putting out software that will let you add an external HDD in the very near future. Don't waste your money on the 9242 unless you want to control 2 tv's.

I'm sure there are a whole heck of a lot of ppl out there that were sold on the feature being available on the 6141 (myself included) who will be very upset if it doesn't happen and they put out a 1 digit different model which can do. Sounds more like a cash grab than anything else. But we'll have to wait and see the specs on the new model i guess.
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Old 2008-12-22, 02:53 PM   #126
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As soon as I get hold of specs I will share them.

They are also releasing a 9241, which is a 9242 without the output to a second TV....Hmm
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Old 2008-12-22, 03:03 PM   #127
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Just spoke with a Mark at the executive office for Bell TV . He Told me that "Jan 7 2009 they will make the announcement of the EHD for the 6141"
Said "they were just starting today with the training for the csr"
I have his direct # which I will be happy to provide if this does not happen.
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Old 2008-12-22, 05:27 PM   #128
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That is great news.
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Old 2008-12-22, 09:05 PM   #129
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Ok so if they're saying the 6141 is getting the EHD upgrade as well then what is the point in releasing the 6131? Are there any differences in the box's or will the 6141 fade away like what was posted in the other thread reguarding the 9242 bein discontinued and replaced with the 9241?

Are you sure he wasn't confusing the 2 box's up? It is only 1 digit difference and its not uncommon for exec's to be confused about model numbers. I guess we may have to wait the 2 weeks to find out officially.
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Old 2008-12-22, 09:16 PM   #130
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I think we are about to see the end of the 6141 & the 9242.

I agree it would be way too confusing to have models that do almost the same and at the exact same price point too.
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Old 2008-12-22, 10:14 PM   #131
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Anyone have any suggestions for external HD's to look for? Boxing day is coming up fast and might as well get a deal while we wait!?
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Old 2008-12-22, 10:20 PM   #132
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Having already waited just shy of a year I suggest you wait 16 more days.
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Old 2008-12-22, 10:27 PM   #133
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I read somewhere that western digital was the one to go with. Some WD drives are soon going to say dvr ready or something like that in the boxes .
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Old 2008-12-23, 09:21 AM   #134
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Can anyone name "specific" models of Western Digital or other external hard drives that will definitely be compatible? The minimum requirements I believe are this...

• USB 2.0 connectivity
• 7200 RPM disk speed
• External power adapter
• Always-on (no-sleep mode)

Thanks in advance!
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Old 2008-12-23, 02:01 PM   #135
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Can anyone name "specific" models of Western Digital or other external hard drives that will definitely be compatible? The minimum requirements I believe are this...

• USB 2.0 connectivity
• 7200 RPM disk speed
• External power adapter
• Always-on (no-sleep mode)

Thanks in advance!
Minimum 40GB and max 720GBish....this is off the top of my head...i can verify when i get into work today..
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