Originally Posted by DigaDo
When you refer to a "DVR" are you referring to a DVR provided by DirectTV? Or are you referring to the Magnavox HDD/DVD recorder? That's where it's difficult to follow your descriptions because the Magnavox is NOT a DVR
. DVRs do not have the ability to record to DVDs, for that you use a DVD recorder or HDD/DVD recorder like the Magnavox.
All "channel" changing is done with the DirectTV receiver. The Magnavox will not tune DirectTV "channels" as they are scrambled and require the DirectTV receiver or DirectTV DVR to tune and unscramble the "channels." Once a DirectTV receiver line output is connected to a Magnavox line input use the Magnavox remote control SOURCE button to select that input as the signal source. Record to the Magnavox's internal hard drive from that line input. For unattended timer recording tune the DirectTV receiver to the "channel" you wish to record and be sure to select the correct Magnavox line input as the signal source.
Sorry, yes I was referring to the Magnavox HD2160 HDD DVDR or however it is called. I think after 3 or 4 acronyms my brain gets fuzzy..
So what you are saying is due to satellite having the scrambled signal that can only be decoded through the DirecTV box, there is no way to have Timer Programming work without manually tuning the TV (and DirecTV box) to the channel first?
If so, that is absolutely stupid. Since I am on a tech forum could I ask is there a technical reason for this? Or is it just an excuse for satellite companies to make us buy their branded loaner DVRs and $10 a month DVR service?
Thank you for your help! At least I finally got it hooked up correctly!
Originally Posted by wajo
donk, with satellite TV, your 513 tuner is useless... it can't decrypt the D*TV signal, so nothing gets connected to the coax (ANT IN).
The 513 can ONLY record from L1 or L2 so every timer will have L1 or L2 as the source ("CH" box).
You need to connect either composite Y or S-Video + L/R audio from the D*TV receiver to L1 or L2 on the 513.
You need a separate connection from the 513 to your TV to see anything internal from the 513 (menus, HDD titles, DVDs). NOTHING internal gets transmitted from the 513 thru its coax.
To timer record something from the sat receiver, set the receiver to Record at a certain time and set a coordinated timer in the 513 for the same start and stop times.
For a "manual" (non-timer) recording, set the sat rec. on the channel you want to record, then press the Rec button on the 513 multiple times until you see the amount of Rec time on the TV screen, lower left corner. Each press of the Rec button adds 30 min. to the Rec time.
Now, if you want to get fancy, you can ADD cable TV or an antenna and connect to the coax (ANT IN) on the 513, do an Auto Channel Preset in the 513 (scan for channels), THEN you can also record whatever channels the 513 can receive that way.
With just the D*TV service, you won't need the 513's tuner and can only record whatever the sat receiver tunes.
Clear as mud?
Thanks for the your reply! Maybe there is still hope? From your response it seems like if I connected composite cables it might work?? Yes a lot of that was clear as mud but unbelievably I actually understood a bit of it! Adding cable is not an option - I want to move FAR away from that road