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Recording two programs at once

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Bluto17, Feb 1, 2007.

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  1. Bluto17

    Bluto17 Legend

    Jan 31, 2007
    Hi. Forum and DVR newbie, and recent HR20 leaser here. I apologize for not being able to find this question with search, although I'm sure it's been asked....

    When I schedule two programs to record at once - 'Heroes' and '24', for example - my HR20 doesn't record both. It will only record one. My prioritizer doesn't seem to have an impact. Last week, 'Heroes' was recorded, but '24' was not. This week '24' was recorded, but 'Heroes' was not

    If I am recording two programs at once, do I need to be watching one of the recorded programs while it is recording? (ie, I cannot watch a third program?) Does it matter if I'm recording a program from OTA as a opposed to an LIL from D*? I'm guessing my problem lies more with 'operator error' then the HR20 itself.

    If there is an existing thread with these types of answers, I'll gladly read it.

  2. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    If you have two satellite connections to the two satellite inputs on the HR20 (one to each tuner), you should be able to simultaneously...

    1. Record one show while watching a different show live.
    2. Record two shows while watching one of those two shows.
    3. Record two shows while watching something else previously recorded.
    4. Record two shows while not watching anything.

    If you also have an over the air antenna connected, then either or both of those can be from an over the air source as opposed to a satellite source.

    If you have only one of the two satellite inputs connected, then you can record or watch at most one satellite source. If you have one satellite connection and an OTA connection, you could still do two, but only if one of them was from an ota source.

    Let us know a bit more about your connections, and perhaps we can offer better advice.

  3. Bluto17

    Bluto17 Legend

    Jan 31, 2007
    Thanks, Carl! That helped a lot.

    I have two satellite connections and one OTA connection.

    I'm guessing one of my juniors is watching Nickelodeon when I'm trying to record two shows, thus cancelling one of the recordings.

    Does a warning pop up when you are about to record multiple shows, but your STB is set to a third channel? Or does a recording get cancelled without a warnign being flashed on the TV?
  4. dallascontractor

    dallascontractor DBSTalk Club Member

    Jan 9, 2007
    Are you trying to watch a 3rd show while two others are recording? If you read manual about three show at once the may be your problem. If you had a tivo it is the same setup in recording and watching except DLB.
  5. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

    Jan 21, 2003
    If it's recording two things and you try to change the channel (say the kids trying to go to Nick and watch Sponge Bob) then you will be presented with a warning that it would need to cancel one of the recordings to switch channels (just like Tivo would). So your young ones would need to choose to cancel something.

    Solution? Get them their own receiver. :)
  6. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Dec 9, 2006
    If I'm watching a channel and it's time for my two [other channels] recordings to start:
    A message pops up telling me [asking] to "let it" change channels to record or to "not" and not record it.
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