How to Pull Recordings Off of a DirecTV DVR

By Maya Austen

The DIRECTV DVR (Digital Video Recorder) provides you, as a DIRECTV subscriber, with a convenient way to quickly program recordings of all your favorite TV shows so that you can watch them whenever you want. But with DVRs, recordings are saved to a hard drive, not a removable disc. And since hard drives have limited storage capacity, eventually, in order to record new programs onto your DIRECTV DVR, old programs have to be erased. If you'd like to preserve any of your DVR recordings you can record them off your DIRECTV DVR using a VCR or DVD recorder.

Things You'll Need

  • VCR or DVD recorder
  • 75 Ohm coaxial cable with F type connectors (2 cables)
  • Set of A/V cables
  • Blank VHS tape, or blank DVD-r

Connect a Recording Device to Your DIRECTV DVR

Step 1

Switch off your TV set, and DIRECTV DVR before hooking up your VCR or DVD recorder to these devices.

Step 2

Connect the RF output from your DIRECTV DVR to the RF input on the rear panel of your VCR or DVD recorder using a coaxial cable.

Step 3

Use your other coaxial cable to connect the RF output on the rear panel of your VCR or DVD recorder to the RF input port on the back of your TV set.

Step 4

Match each A/V plug to the A/V jack of the same color as you insert one end of your set of A/V cables into the A/V Out ports (the red, white, and yellow ports) on the back of your DIRECTV DVR. Insert the other end of each A/V cable into the corresponding A/V In port on your TV set.

Step 5

Turn on your TV, DIRECTV DVR, and VCR or DVD recorder. Set your TV to channel 3. Set your VCR or DVD recorder to channel 3 as well. Look on the back of your VCR or DVD recorder. If the device has a channel switch, make sure it's set to channel 3.

Step 6

Aim your television's remote control at the TV and press the "Input" or "Source" button to set your TV's video source to the channel assigned to the A/V In port used to connect your DIRECTV DVR directly to your TV (step 3).

Record Video from DIRECTV DVR

Step 1

Insert your blank tape or disc into your VCR or DVD recorder (respectively).

Step 2

Use the "Mode" or "Speed" button on your recording device's remote control to set your preferred recording speed. The slower the speed, the less tape or disc space you use. However faster speeds produce higher quality videos.

Step 3

Aim your DIRECTV remote at the receiver and press the "LIST" button. The Now Playing List menu should open up.

Step 4

Use the arrow button on your DIRECTV remote to find and highlight the program you want to record off of your DIRECTV DVR to a VHS tape or DVD. Press "SELECT." Highlight the "Save to VCR" option in the new menu that opens up. Press "SELECT." Choose "Start saving from the beginning." You'll see a ten second countdown before your video begins playback.

Step 5

Press the "Record" button on your VCR or DVD recorder. When the show playing from your DIRECTV DVR ends, press "Stop" on your VCR or DVD recorder.

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