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How to Maximize Your DVR

Are you getting the best entertainment experience possible?

Interactive TV Many people today can’t imagine life without their DVR. Watching television without the ability to pause and rewind live TV and record shows just seems out of date. But if you do own a DVR, are you getting everything you can out of it? In addition to recording and rewinding, the latest generation of DVR devices can perform a number of advanced features that you may not know about.

Follow these tips to maximize your DVR for the best possible experience.

Double Check Your Video Settings

If you have an HD TV and an HD DVR, you need to make sure that they are set correctly to give you the best picture and sound quality. First, check to see that all of your cables are connected properly with your television connected to your HD DVR using an HDMI cable. Next, set your television’s output to its highest setting (720p, 1080i or 1080p). This way you can be sure that you are getting the best resolution possible when watching HD channels.

Set Your DVR to Record Entire Seasons

In addition to recording individual episodes, your DVR can also automatically record every episode of a series or season. This lets you enjoy new episodes each week without having to remember to set your recordings every time a new episode airs. Simply use your guide to find to a show that you want to record and select it using your remote. Then under recording options select record series and set it to record new episodes or reruns. You can even set it to start recording before the show starts and stop after the show is over.

Connect Your DVR to Your Mobile Devices to Watch On The Go

Certain HD DVRs, like the DIRECTV Genie, allow you to watch using your mobile devices. This makes it easy to catch up on your favorite show while in the waiting room or at the airport. It’s also a great way to keep the kids entertained while you’re out.

Schedule Recordings On The Go

By downloading the DIRECTV mobile apps, you can sync your account with your phone or tablet and then keep track of your recordings on the go. You can even set your DVR to record something from your device when you’re away from the TV. That way you’ll never have to worry about forgetting to record a show before you leave the house.

Keep Your DVR Uncluttered

Just like you can set your DVR to automatically record shows, you can also set it to automatically delete recordings. Set your DVR to delete recordings after a certain amount of time has passed or after you have watched them so that you don’t run out of recording room.

These are just a few of the ways that you can get more out of your DVR. Make sure that you read your user’s guide so that you can take advantage of all your exciting advanced DVR features.

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