How to Transfer a DirecTV HD DVR to the PC

By Maya Austen

DirecTV has released a beta software program that they call DirecTV2PC which allows DirecTV subscribers who have a DirecTV HD DVR to transfer shows saved in the DVR to a PC for viewing. The interface in the DirecTV2PC software functiions just like the interface you're familiar with on your DirecTV DVR, except its on your PC. After setting up your DirecTV receiver and the software, all you need to do in order to watch shows recorded in your DirecTV HD DVR on your PC, is launch the DirecTV2PC application on your computer and select the program you want to view.

Things You'll Need

  • Network router
  • 3 Ethernet cables
  • Computer
  • Windows XP or 7
  • DirecTV2PC software

Connect DirecTV HD DVR to the Internet

Step 1

Connect one end of an Ethernet cable in the "WAN" (may also be labeled "WLAN" or "Internet") port on your router. Connect the other end of this cable into the Ethernet Data port on your modem. Plug the router into a power source, then turn the device on. Wait for your router to connect to your modem. The "WAN" light will come on when the connection is complete. Use another Ethernet cable to establish a connection between the Ethernet ports on your router to the Ethernet port on the back of your computer.

Step 2

Insert one end of your Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port located on the back of your DirecTV HD DVR. Insert the other end of this cable into one of the free Ethernet ports on your network router.

Step 3

Restart your computer.

Step 4

Turn on your TV and your DirecTV HD DVR receiver. Aim your DirecTV remote control at the receiver and press the "MENU" button. Highlight and select "Parental, FAV's & Setup." Highlight and select "System Setup," then select "Network Setup." Highlight and select "Connect Now." Wait for the connection to be established. You will receive a message stating "Your receiver is connect to DirecTV via the Internet". Highlight and select "Continue," then select "Done."

Transfer DirecTV Programs to Your PC

Step 1

Download the DirecTV2PC software. On the DirecTV2PC download web page, click "Download," then click "Download Now." Select "Save File." Enter your name and email address at the prompt. Do not skip this step---you need to do this to receive the activation key that comes with the software. Click "Submit." Wait for the System Advisor to be downloaded. Click "Download Now" again. Wait for the DirecTV2PC application to be downloaded.

Step 2

Check your email for the activation key DirecTV sent you. Check your Spam folder if you don't see it in your general email.

Step 3

Install the DirecTV2PC software. Go to the folder where you saved your DirecTV2PC download. Double-click on the application to initiate the installation process. When prompted to enter your serial number, enter your activation key.

Step 4

Launch your DirecTV2PC application. You'll see a menu just like the one you see when you open the program guide on your DirecTV HD DVR receiver. The menu you see in your DirecTV2PC software functions the exact same way as it does on your DirecTV DVR. Simply select what you want to watch in order to transfer DirecTV to your PC.

Tips & Warnings

  • While you can transfer shows from your DirecTV HD DVR to your PC for viewing using the DirecTV2PC software. You cannot yet use this software to record programs to your PC.