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carlosh11934

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I have DirectTV satellite service, but no DirectTV recorder. What I want to do is record TV shows and put them onto a DVD. My computer has a video input card and a DVD recorder. I've output the signal from the HD satellite box to the PC, but the results are aweful. What can I do to get reasonably good DVD recordings (doesn't have to be HD, just DVD quality)? Should I completely forget the PC path and buy a DVD recorder. Do I need to get the DirectTV recorder? Can someone please help?:frowning:
 

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How are you connecting your sat receiver to your PC? S-video will provide the best picture for standard definition programming.

I use a cheap DVD recorder from Wal-Mart to archive shows that I want. I also have three DirecTV DVRs as well. I don't like to watch TV without using a DVR. In fact, I'm not even sure when my favorite TV shows even come on any more. I just set up my DVRs and forget about them. They all do a great job. When I want to save something long term, I play it from the DVR and record it to the DVD recorder.

-Robert
 

carlosh11934

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Robert (or anybody else who wants to comment), I use the S-Video connection. Is it possible to buy a DirecTV DVR so that I don't have to pay the monthly fee? Is it possible to just record the S-Video output from the HD channel selector box (I know that's harder) into the Walmart type DVD recorder and get the same quality as the setup you described?

Carlos
 

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I use the s-video out of my DVR to go directly into my DVD recorder. Most of the time it is an HD program that the receiver automatically downconverts to 480i through the s-video connection. The quality is surprisingly good. If I were a frequent recorder, I would have purchased a higher quality recorder.

Another option is to get the DirecTV HD DVR and connect a 2TB SATA disk array to it. That will give you 1,300 hours of standard def programming, 330 hours of HD programming or a combination of both. DVR Upgrade.

-Robert
 

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