How To forum


Getting analog A/V ports to work on DirecTV HD DVR

by rrmram / February 6, 2013 6:34 AM PST

When I had a standard 4/3 DirecTV DVR, I could easily xfer anything on the DVR to my computer by taking the analog A/V signals from the DVR, running them through the A-D converter in my camcorder and inputing that signal to my computer, saving the result as an .avi file. Later I could use editing s/w on the computer to end up with a "movie" that I wanted.

I tried doing that today using my HD DVR but can not get any signal from the A/V component outputs. Anyone know how to kick start the component output on the back of a DirecTV DVR?

Answer This Ask For Clarification
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Getting analog A/V ports to work on DirecTV HD DVR
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Getting analog A/V ports to work on DirecTV HD DVR
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Collapse -
My brother teaches installers on DirectTV
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 6, 2013 6:37 AM PST

And he says the HD units only put out the signal if the HDMI cables are unplugged and you run it to the old TV.

Be sure to call it in if you must.

Collapse -
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 6, 2013 7:17 AM PST

Have not tried this for a while but with my HD DVD, and HR20 I believe (Something like that) I put a call into DTV to see if it was possible.

They confirmed that ALL the output ports were active at the same time.

My route was the same as yours, DVR to A-D Convertor to Computer. (a Mac). Worked a treat.

Maybe the newer HD DVR units work differently.


Collapse -
try using
by deedeest111 / February 7, 2013 1:30 PM PST

Hi, try unplugging the HD cable and use RCA cables, box should reboot to your new feed. you may have to go to menu and set up the dislplay to480p. That don't work something is set wrong on DVR or Display settings. LUCK

Popular Forums
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
Laptops 19,436 discussions
Security 30,426 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
Windows 10 360 discussions
Phones 15,802 discussions
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions


$16,000 used SUVs

Whether you like your SUVs cute or capable, or some blend of the two, we've got a wide variety of choices in Roadshow's first collection of Editors' Used Picks.