Originally Posted by GreenThumb
The DirecTV installer told me I could not do that!
(He said Time Warner, yes, DirecTV, no)
What is your physical hookup like?
That is my exact setup as well.
One of my DirecTV DVRs is on my equipment rack with my main home theater setup along with an AVR, my main HTPC, a blu ray deck, and even an old VHS (hey, I haven't needed the space, so it still sits there, and the digital clock is handy).
The HDMI output from the DVR goes to the AVR.
The component video and optical audio outputs of the DVR are connected to the Colossus. The HDMI output of the HTPC goes to the AVR.
Some people here use the Colossus's IR Blaster to change channels on their DVR. I don't. I just use the DVR alone most of the time for TV viewing, but when I want to record something, I just use the included Arcsoft ShowBiz software and capture the feed from the DVR in HD .m2ts format with DD 5.1 audio. The quality is indistinguishable from the original DirecTV feed, meaning it's not blu ray, but it's pretty darn good. I record mostly sports, movies and music concerts. Normally I do it overnight. So for example if I want to record a football game that I've DVRd, I set Showbiz for the length of the recording, start the playback on the DVR, hit the Showbiz start button, turn off the TV and DVR, and go to bed. In the morning the recording is there on the PC where I can do whatever I want with it; store it, watch it; edit out commercials and halftime; convert it to MP4/stereo to take with me on my tablet; burn it to disk, etc. I generally don't capture it as I watch it because then I couldn't pause, rewind, switch channels or games during commercials, etc., without messing up the recording. So I record it on the DVR, and then capture it on the playback from the DVR when it won't be disturbed. Basically I use it the same way I used to use my old JVC DR-MX1S HDD/VHS/DVD recorder.
Also, some folks here actually feed their Colossus using HDMI and apparently DirecTV doesn't put HDCP on the HDMI outputs. But I don't think the quality is improved any. BTW, the FCC now allows the cable and satellite companies to block the use of component outputs for the first 90 days of release of first run PPV movies. So you may not be able to capture those if that matters to you, but you can capture anything else from your DirecTV box, including HBO, Starz. ESPN, HDNM, and VOD content.
Also, I use J.River Media Center to organize and watch my captured content.