Basics of How to Use a Charter DVR

By Andrew Tennyson

With digital recording and playback integrated into a graphical on-screen guide, a Charter DVR gives you new possibilities for not only recording TV but manipulating it live compared to a standard digital tuner or VCR. It'll take some time after installation for all the available programming to load into the on-screen guide, but once it does you can explore the power of the digital guide, flexible recording options, playback and the ability to pause, rewind and resume live TV, all using the Charter remote.

Record a Show

Step 1

Press the “Guide” button on the Charter remote to load the Charter interactive programming guide, which displays live and future programming organized by channel and time. Use the arrow keys, or "Page +" and "Page -" keys, on the remote to scroll through the programs one at a time or one page at a time to find the show you want to record.

Step 2

Highlight the program and press the “Rec” button on the remote to begin recording it. Recording starts right away using the default recording options. To view additional recording options, press the “Rec” button twice to open a menu of recording settings for the selected program.

Step 3

Select “Set up a Series Recording” if you want to program your DVR to record the same show at the same time every week. Select “Record Series with These Settings” to schedule the recording.

Modify Scheduled Recordings

Step 1

Press the “My DVR” button on your Charter remote to launch the My DVR screen.

Step 2

Press the arrow buttons on the remote to move through the scheduled recordings until you locate a show you want to edit. Highlight the program and press “OK” on the remote to load its schedule settings.

Step 3

Select the “Modify Recording Settings” icon, which looks like a wrench, to change the current scheduling settings.

Step 4

Select the “X” icon to cancel the scheduled recording entirely. You can't undo this step, so make sure you want to cancel the recording before committing.

Step 5

Press the “R” button to save the changes when you're finished.

Watch Recorded Programs

Step 1

Press the “My DVR” button on your remote to load the DVR menu.

Step 2

Press the arrow buttons on the remote to scroll through the recorded content.

Step 3

Highlight the recording you want to watch and press the “OK” button on the remote. Press the "Play" button to begin playback. If you watched a portion of the show in the past, the DVR may ask whether you want to watch the recording from the beginning or resume from the place you left off.

Step 4

Press the "Rew" or "Ffwd" buttons to review or skip content. Press "Stop" to stop the show.

Pause and Review Live TV

Step 1

Press the "Pause" button to pause a live show. A live show will record when paused until the buffer is filled.

Step 2

Press "Play" to resume the live show from where you paused it or press "Live" to catch up to the live broadcast.

Step 3

Press "Rew" to review the last couple of minutes of live TV. Press the "Ffwd" button to fast-forward through recorded content.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can initiate recording of the current program at any time by pressing the "Rec" button.
  • Press the "Rew" or "Ffwd" buttons several times to increase the speed.
  • To modify your DVR settings at any time, select "DVR Setup" on the on-screen guide's main menu.
  • If you’re having trouble recording a program, you may have too many shows scheduled to record simultaneously. DVRs can record a limited number of shows at the same time. Consult your contract and DVR documentation for more information on limitations.
  • The amount of programming you can record to your Charter DVR depends on its brand and associated storage space. At the time of publication, Charter has three DVR devices it supplies to customers. The Motorola-branded Charter DVR stores up to 100 hours of standard digital content. The Cisco/Scientific Atlanta DVR stores up to 90 hours of standard-definition programming. A MOXI DVR holds up to 300 hours of standard-definition content.