I use a hard drive, the problem is it only plays back on my Samsung plasma, i have tried researching if it's possible to copy to another source but keep coming up blank, it's a proprietary format for those televisions as you need to format first to record.
If anyone has a way to get these recordings off my hard drive onto another one then i'm all ears....and whiskers.
My Panasonic Bluray recorder records everything to its hard drive . Once you've decided whether to keep the recording on a disc you set what quality you want - and with anything HD I always have the max quality but a single layer blank holds between 4 and 6 hours of HD content depending on the broadcast bit rate.
ITV and C4 use a form of copy protection so that you can only create a BD disc once in HD from their broadcasts . Of course you can get round that with a PC burner .
BBC don't have the same restrictions which is great because most of what I record is from the HD BBC channels.
It also doubles as a Freeview HD PVR and has 2 tuners .
I've modified it so its also my main BD and dvd player as its fully multiregion for both.
1TB drive and I got it for a great price as the model was being replaced by Panasonic but it was more than I wanted to pay to get it upgraded . The MR upgrade also disables the UOP so you can skip warnings , remove forced subs etc.
All I need now is for C5HD to get on Freeview but that looks unlikely in the short term
As for your original problem . I don't know of any cheap options but assuming you can transfer the files to your PC hard drive ( even though playback on the PC is impossible), once on there there should be any number of programs that will either remove the restriction or convert the files into something else although I doubt any such program would be free.