How to Get Recordings Off of a Direct TV DVR


Using the DirecTV DVR to record DirecTV programming has many advantages. The DVR's user interface, for example, makes recording and playing back television shows very simple. There's also no need to hunt for a tape or disc when recording a program using a DVR, because all recordings are saved to the DVR's internal hard drive. But this is also a disadvantage because it means that in order to preserve a permanent copy of the recording, a copy of the recording has to be taken off of the DirecTV DVR and saved to a VHS tape or DVD disc.

Things You'll Need

  • VCR
  • DVD Recorder
  • Blank VHS tape
  • Blank DVD-R disc
  • 2 sets of AV cables
  • 75 Ohm coaxial cable
  • HDMI cable

Connect DirecTV DVR to TV and VCR or DVD Recorder

  • Connect the coaxial cable coming from the cable wall outlet, installed by the DirecTV technician, into the RF "Satellite In" terminal on the back of the DirecTV DVR.

  • Insert one end of each cable in the first set of AV cables into its corresponding AV output jack on the DirecTV DVR. The AV jacks are the red, white, and yellow colored jacks on the back of the DirecTV DVR. These jacks are labeled "Audio R," "Audio L," and "Video," respectively. The plugs on the end of each AV cable are color-coded to match the AV jack they correspond to.

  • Plug the other end of each cable in the first set of AV cables into the corresponding AV input jack on the recording device.

  • Use the remaining set of AV cables to connect the recording device's AV output jacks to the corresponding AV input jacks on the television set.

  • Plug one end of an HDMI cable into the television set's HDMI port. (Perform this step only if you are using a high-definition television.)

  • Connect one end of a coaxial cable to the RF "Out to TV" terminal on the back of the DirecTV DVR. Connect the other end of this cable to the TV set's RF "Antenna" input terminal. (Perform this step only if you are using a standard-definition television.)

Additional Set Up

  • Turn on the television, DirecTV DVR, and recording device.

  • Set the television's video input channel to the proper AV source by continuously pressing the "Input" button on the remote until you arrive at the correct channel.

  • Use the "Source" or "Input" button on the recording device's remote control to set its video input channel to the AV source.

Copy Program

  • Load a blank tape or DVD disc into the recording device.

  • Press "List" on the DirecTV remote control to display the DVR's playlist of recorded shows. Use the arrow buttons on the remote to highlight the program you want to backup to tape or DVD disc. Press "Select" on the remote. Select "Play."

  • Push the "Record" button on the recording device to begin dubbing the program. Press "Stop" on the recording device at the program conclusion.

  • Press "Menu" on the DVD recorder remote control (this step does not apply to VCR recording devices). Find and select the option to "Finalize" the disc. This operation is what makes the disc playable on other DVD playback devices.

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