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How to Record Movies from Dish Network DVR to DVD

Dish Network satellite TV is widely popular all over the US. They offer receivers with DVR features that allow you to record your favorite programs and watch them at a later time. However, the receivers have a limited capacity, so you will run out of space quickly if you frequently record movies or TV shows.

Instead of deleting your oldest files to make room for new recordings, you can pair your DVD with the receiver to save what you’ve recorded to a DVD. Learn how to do that below.

Setting Things Up

It doesn’t take too much effort to set up your DVR to record and burn TV shows onto a DVD. Let’s start with a list of things you need to get everything working. You will need:

  1. TV set
  2. Premium Dish Network subscription
  3. DVD Recorder
  4. DVDs
  5. RCA or composite video cable
    RCA or composite video cable

If you have everything you need, the first thing you have to do is to disconnect the DVR from the TV set. You have to bridge the former connection with a DVD recorder, so you can burn what you record directly to a DVD. Here’s a step-by-step process that will tell you everything you need to know.

Step 1 – Disconnect the DVR from Your TV Set

Disconnect the DVR from your TV set. If they are connected via an RF coaxial cable, disconnect it on both ends. Your DVD recorder might not have the same port, so you’ll have to make things work with a different connection. Don’t touch the cable that connects the Dish Network with your DVR.

Step 2 – Connect Your DVR with the DVD Recorder

You need to connect the output port on your DVR with the input port on the DVD recorder. You can do that in a few different ways, depending on what type of ports your devices have. They should both work with a standard RCA cable or a composite video cable. If you don’t know what the cables look like, ask someone at the local electronics store, and they will give you what you need.

Step 3 – Connect the DVD Recorder with Your TV Set

When you have connected the DVR to your DVD, the next step is to connect the DVD recorder with the TV set. You need an RCA cable to connect the two, but make sure that the cable is connected to an output port on the DVD recorder. All of the ports on your TV set are input ports, so it doesn’t matter which one you choose. If you have an LCD or an HD TV set, you might need a composite video cable to make the connection.
Connect the DVD Recorder with Your TV Set

Step 4 – Make Sure Everything Works

Turn all of the devices on to make sure that all of the connections are up and running. Your Dish Network channels should still show up on your TV screen as they did before. If that’s working, play a video on your DVR to check if you can see the video on the TV screen.

Step 5 – Record Your First DVD

Insert a recordable DVD into the recorder and follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer. You can now record any video you play from the DVR. Hit the record button on your DVD recorder and the video should get burned to the DVD.

Step 6 – Play Back the Video You Recorded

If you connected everything right, and if the first DVD recording is over, the only thing left to try is to play back the video from your DVD to see if it works. Once you are sure that it does, you can burn as many DVDs as you want and you can watch them on any other DVD recorder or your PC.

Save Your Favorite Videos to DVD

Many Dish Network users have DVRs to record their favorite movies and TV shows, but DVRs have limited capacities. Instead of deleting things once you run out of space, you can pair a DVD recorder with your TV set and the DVR recorder to save the videos you want straight to a DVD. It’s easy to set up, and you can record as many movies and shows as you want.

Do you use a DVD recorder to save your favorite movies? If you have paired your DVD and DVR, tell us about it in the comment section below.