Thursday, December 15, 2005

$25,000 If You Can Hack the DirecTV R15 DVR

WeaKnees is offering up to $25,000 to the first person who can hack the DirecTV R15 DVR to do at least some of the following:

  • Add a second hard drive
  • Move programming from the existing HDD to a larger drive
  • Move settings from the existing HDD to a larger drive

They are specifically not looking to disable the DRM on the device, or to get around paying for monthly service. They pretty much just want some way to increase the capacity of the R15.

The minimum they will pay for a "workable" solution is $10,000, going up to $25,000 if it includes all the features they want. If they think your work is just spectacular, they'll consider hiring you as a contractor to do other good things. Sounds like a sweet deal. Too bad I'm not a hacker.

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2 Comments:

  • Has this been done yet?
    It seems like it would be fairly simple. The system is LINUX.
    The media is on a plain old ext3 filesystem. Files playable by xine.

    The harder trick is to find the kernel, etc, and see if you can add something like an ftp server that works over USB->ethernet, or perhaps
    P2P USB.

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