How to Download DIRECTV HD DVR Recordings to a PC

High-definition, or HD, DVRs make watching and recording TV programming a breeze. They are much easier to operate than VCRs. They also make programming easier and provide a much higher level of audio and video quality. But the VCR still has one advantage over the HD DVR--you can save a tape forever and watch it any time you want. You can achieve the same result through the use of your computer. Follow a few simple steps to download your HD DVR recordings to your PC.

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HD DVR recordings can be saved on your PC.

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Check the type of video-input jack on your video-capture hardware. Depending on your model, it could be S-video, mini plug or RCA. If you are unsure of the type, refer to your owner’s manual.

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Check the type of audio-input jack on your video-capture hardware. Depending on your model, it is probably RCA left (white) and right (red). If you are unsure of the type, refer to your owner’s manual.

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Check the type of video analog output jack on your HD DVR. The most common analog video output jack is S-video, but it also may be component video. If you are unsure of the type, refer to your owner’s manual.

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Obtain the video and audio cables that match the jack types of your video-capture hardware and your HD DVR. Connect the video and audio cables from the HD DVR to the video-capture hardware.

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Launch your video-capture software. (Windows operating systems come with Movie Maker.) Press "Record" on the software, and then press "Play" on the HD DVR.

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Wait until the show is finished, then stop recording.