Wodain -- I too was told by my installer you could convert from the DVR to DVD via the laptop ... he said there was actually software on the DirecTV web site, but I haven't been able to find it.
If anyone else has details on how to make this work, it would be much appreciated.
I just got DirecTv with a R22 model DVR and unfortunately have run out of HD space for more programs. I am looking to transfer it to my laptop which is a HP dv9700 model. I wish to save my shows and movies to my DVD-R. I would also need info on what is a good free software to record with since I don't think I have anything on my laptop. The installer said to try a USB but from the other posts in this forum said it didn't work. In the R22 handbook it said the USB was for future use. I have S-video on the DVR and Laptop but that is just for video right? I was wondering if there was a cable maybe that would be RCA to USB maybe it might work?