Basics of How to Use a Charter DVR

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.

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Record a Show

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

Watch Recorded Programs

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

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

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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.

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

Pause and Review Live TV

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

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

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