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I'm changing service providers this week but we have a bunch of shows recorded we still want to watch, but won't have time to before our new service is installed.

Is it possible to access the recorded programs on the STB without having service?
 

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I assume you're talking about a PVR. The Shaw PVR needs to be connected to activated cable to boot, so as soon as the power goes out to the PVR, you won't be able to reboot the PVR unless connected to activated cable. If you are able to prevent the PVR from powering down, then you can watch the programmes for as long as it's powered up.

This question has been asked many times.
 

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A few other tips:
  • Be careful when you're reconfiguring your entertainment centre that you or the installer don't unplug the Shaw PVR.
  • Shaw can deactivate your PVR, so you should disconnect the coax cable the day before the termination date. Then it won't receive the deactivation code.
  • A UPS will take care of short power outages.
 

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If I cancel my Shaw services, will I lose my PVR recordings?

I am switching to MTS next month and I own one of my PVR's (DCT3400) and expander.

I am wondering if my PVR will still keep my recordings and if I can access them, after I cancel ???

I am thinking of keeping it, just in case I want to switch back....

Thanks.
 

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Did you want to share that 'workaround' with the rest of us?
 

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They will hunt me down. The cable was cut off Monday. Sunday I removed the cable and the PVR operated as per normal. Put cable back in. Big mistake. Monday it's cut off and all programs on the PVR automatically go to the ending. So I rewind it a bit (2 minutes accelerated time) and then press 'start from the beginning' button. Program goes to the beginning and can be watched. If I stop the movie and turn off the PVR the movie will not return to the time I stopped it so it has to be rewound again. I am happy because there is one movie recorded that cannot be physically obtained by any means. The rest I don't care about. I own't pay for them though because I already have them. Am I breaking the law? Probably. I bet when the power goes off the recordings will be gone.
 

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Rewind it a bit from the end, press play, then press list, reselect the program you are watching, then press rewind to the beginning.
 

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Access to recorded shows on PVR after cancelling services?

i just switched over to Optik from Shaw on the weekend and noticed that my PVR is now "disabled" and i am unable to go to the List Menu(Recorded shows) or PVR menu

is this something that they normally do and has anyone here gotten them to re-enable it so that i can access my recorded shows? i have a lot of them that i haven't watched and would still like to

i outirght own the pvr (6416) and media expander and never got a cent of subsidy from shaw for the past 4 years +

i'm waiting for a call-back from them right now but would like to hear other people's experiences

TIA
 

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I 'lost' everything as well. I stopped our cable service but had disconnected the cable cord to the PVR and everything was working OK; even the clock worked. Now almost 3 weeks later, the clock shows 12:00 and I can't access any of my recorded programs--very disappointing. Nothing in our house showed that there had been a power outage. Is there any way to get back my access? Has it been erased? Thanks for any help.
 

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As discussed many times in the forums a PVR will only work while connected to an active Shaw signal. This is not something that shaw does but rather how the device is designed to comply with potential copyright laws and such.
 

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thanks i decided to buy an APC 550VA UPS from Costco for 42.99 and unplugged the cable coax.

i wish i had seen this thread before i got my service disconnected initially, but i got them to re-activate it on basic cable for 2 more days so that i could do the above steps
 

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Now you need to hope that there are no power outages that are longer than the UPS can handle - probably about an hour or so.
 

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All I have to say is crap , after reading this post . I work in the oil fields and wanted to load up the PVR and then take it with me when Im gone for the month ( I have a 30 ft. trailer I live in there ) . I specifically asked at Futureshop , the guy unplugged the cable and played a recorded show , right in front of me . So you guys are saying it will playback un-cabled until the power is cut ? Wow that sucks , for me :(

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Since you are probably making twice the regular wage most people are, you could probably spring for a larger UPS, at about $180, that would keep the box alive while you are on your way back to camp and can plug it in again. It should work for about 30 days so you could watch your shows.
 

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LOL . It wasn't about money , its about space , when I travel to the site , there is barely enough room for clothes in the pickup , I have to be there for about 35 days with no laundry . We used to be on satellite here until we moved and I could always bring that box along and it worked fine , viewing the recordings. We had to go Shaw because of the trees here . I'm disappointed to be honest , after the Futureshop demo I thought all was cool . Oh well , thanks for listening.

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Sounds like you need a bigger pickup too!;)

The UPS I was thinking of is about the size of two PVRs together, like one on top of the other. It could fit under your legs as long as you aren't the driver. I recall the days of 'ride sharing' out to camp when I was building logging roads in the bush so I know what you are dealing with. Sorry there isn't better news.
 

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Ya , I have to take the company pickup to the site and its usually me and someone else and stuff is pouring over the sides already . So you have a link to that UPS ? If I would have known that pulling the power rendered that 3400 useless I would have started cutting down trees for Bell . On the plus side , the HD picture is fairly decent , wonder how their compression compares to others ( Bell , S-Direct etc.. ) ?

Your from Calgary ? I usually work +/- 200 KM in and around Provost AB. All horizontal drilling .

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