In the past, the only way you could watch your favorite programs when you were away from home was when you had a VCR attached to your television set and you set it up to record. And you have to ensure that you have inserted a new blank videotape in your VCR.
Today, recording those programs is a breeze when you have a subscription to the Digital Video Recording (DVR) service from Dish Network. You not only have the luxury of recording programs while you are out of your house, you can also pause and rewind live program broadcast if you have to be away from your TV set for some time.
The system works like your computer’s hard drive. When you are working on your computer, you save your work files on your hard drive and retrieve them whenever you want to work on it again or print the document. With the Dish Network Dish DVR service, the receiver acts like the hard drive and you can directly record and retrieve a program from it. The remote control becomes a very important tool when you are using the Dish DVR. It is like the keyboard and mouse and takes care of the entire programming, searching, browsing, recording and other functions of your DVR. To record a program using Dish Network’s DVR, here are the steps.
- On your remote control, press the button that is labeled Guide to take you to the list of programs that are being shown currently. It will show program information, the program dates, the list of programs per channel, a preview of the program currently airing and the time slots. The Program Guide will provide you with a list of programs for a nine-day period. Navigate through the programs and the channels using the up and down arrows and press SELECT when you have chosen the program you wish to record.
- If you are not sure what you want to record, you can search for the program by pressing the THEME button for themes such as News/Business, Family/Kids, Music/Arts, and Education. Select a sub-theme for the Main Theme before pressing the Select button. You can also use the Browse Banner to find the program that you want.
- Once you have selected the program, the Create Timer screen will be displayed. From here you have several options how you want the recording to be done by making a selection from the Timer Frequency Menu. You can program the receiver to record all new episodes of a program, select only the new episodes or choose once for special programs. You can also set the Timer Frequency to record weekly, daily, or Monday to Friday only. Set the Timer Type to DVR.
- If you want to set other recording considerations, you can do that with the Timer Options. You can set the receiver to Protect Event. This will prevent the program from being erased should your receiver runs out of disk space. You can also choose HD Preference, SD only or HD only. Choose the options that you prefer. You can also set the priority wherein the program with the smallest number gets recorded first. When you have finished making your selections, press the Create Timer button to set it.
- Make sure that you choose the right recording time. Special broadcasts like awards ceremonies and sports coverage may go beyond the published airing times therefore it is necessary for you to extend the recording time to get the whole program. There are several selections to choose from.
- Check that the DVR has been set properly by navigating to the section for Daily Schedule to see the programs that have been set for recording.
With the Dish DVR it is very easy to record shows while you are out of the house. There is no need for you to worry that the tape may run out before the show is over or that the tape may be caught in the capstan and will get tangled in the roller. However you have to check the available memory of the Dish DVR when recording HD programs. These types of videos can take up to six times disk space that when a video program is recorded in standard definition.