How to Get Directv DVR Programs to PC USB

By Maya Austen

Subscribers to DirecTV's HD satellite TV service can use a software program called "DirecTV 2PC" to transfer programs saved in their DirecTV DVR to a PC. But the DVR has to be connected to their home network for this transfer to work. The DirecTV2PC program currently is not available to DirecTV customers who do not subscribe to HD satellite service. These other DirecTV customers can use a device called a "video capture card" to transfer programs saved in their DVR to a PC. An external video capture card connects the DirecTV DVR to a PC via the PC's USB port.

Things You'll Need

  • Set of AV cables
  • External video capture card

Step 1

Insert the installation disc, which should have come included with the video capture card contents, into the PC's CD-ROM drive. An installation wizard should automatically launch once the disc has finished loading. Follow the on-screen instruction to install the drivers required for the video capture card hardware. This step only needs to be performed one time unless the drivers are uninstalled from the PC.

Step 2

Plug one end of the red AV cable into the red AV output jack located on the back of the DirecTV DVR. This jack is labeled "Audio R." Plug the other end of the cable into the red AV input jack on the video capture card.

Step 3

Insert one end of the white AV cable into the white AV output jack located on the back of the DirecTV DVR. This jack is labeled "Audio L." Insert the other end of the cable into the white AV input jack on the video capture card.

Step 4

Connect one end of the yellow AV cable into the yellow AV output jack located on the back of the DirecTV DVR. This jack is labeled "Video." Insert the other end of the cable into the yellow AV input jack on the video capture card.

Step 5

Plug the USB cable, which comes connected to the video capture card, into the PC's USB port.

Tips & Warnings

  • After connecting the DirecTV DVR to the PC, video capture software is needed to view and record programs from the DirecTV DVR using the PC. Windows comes preinstalled with a video capture program called Windows Live Movie Maker.