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Record and Watch Live TV

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by gjohn28, Feb 1, 2007.

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  1. gjohn28

    gjohn28 Mentor

    Jan 8, 2007
    Really stupid question but...just had my Slimline installed along with a second line to my HR20. How do I record a program and watch live TV on another channel at the same time!!??

    By the way, had an Ironwood installation. The techs were great. Very friendly and were done with the installation (5LNB dish and second line to HR20) in under 2hrs.
  2. hasan

    hasan Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Ogden, IA
    Just do it :)

    Tell it to record (go to guide, highlight the show you want to record, then hit the Record (orange) button on your remote ONCE. The show will record IN THE BACKGROUND TUNER.

    Now, since your other tuner is not busy, use it any way you like...channel surf, whatever...it won't interfere with the activity (recording) you have scheduled on the other tuner.

    Every time you tell the HR20 to record (and nothing else is scheduled to record), that recording goes to the BACKGROUND. The remaining tuner can record another program, (in which case you can no longer channel surf), or just be used to view other live programming.

    It's all automagic. You have dual tuners, but not dual live buffers, so you can't easily switch back and forth to/from what you are recording.

    You can record at the same time:

    2 Satellite channels
    1 sat, 1 OTA
    2 OTA

    Ignore the manual that says 3...it's wrong.

    You CAN record two different programs at the same time AND watch an existing recording (one you already recorded)

    Hope this helps.
  3. DonCorleone

    DonCorleone Icon

    Jan 28, 2006
    Don't get my HR20 hooked up 'til next week, but I know this will come in handy...thanks for the clear explanation.
  4. gjohn28

    gjohn28 Mentor

    Jan 8, 2007
    Yes, it does help. Thank you very much!
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