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recording multiple live shows

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by kward45, Feb 27, 2006.

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  1. kward45

    kward45 New Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    Is it possible to record 3 live shows at once (1 OTA + 2 Sat or 2 OTA and 1 SAT) and at the same time watch a 4th live show or pre-recorded show?
    My thinking is if there are 4 tuners in the receiver/dvr (2 OTA and 2 SAT) then you should be able to do this. If its not possible does any one no why?
  2. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    As far as I know, all DirecTV DVRs are limited to recording two channels at once. You can watch a third pre-recorded program while this is happening. Know that everything you watch live is being recorded (buffered) and played back for viewing momentarily.

    E* offers a couple of units that will record three things at once but at that point, you're starting to beat the storage mechanism pretty hard as you're writing three large files and reading one of them back simultaneously on a cheap IDE hard disk.
  3. Earl Bonovich

    Earl Bonovich Lifetime Achiever

    Nov 15, 2005
    As of right now.. the current HR10-250 and the soon to be HR20... Will only be able to record TWO things at once. Regardless of the source.

    There are only two tuners in the unit, where both tuners have access to either SAT or OTA.

    Hopefully by year's end, we will see more information about the Home Media Center product, which is supposed to possible bring as many as 9 tuners to the equation...
  4. JLucPicard

    JLucPicard Hall Of Fame

    Apr 27, 2004
    Not all on one box. Only two active tuners at one time, as Earl stated.
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