How to Burn Dish Network DVR Movies to DVD

Dish Network satellite TV is very popular throughout the United States. They offer receivers with DVR features that allow you to record your favorite shows and watch them at another time. However, receivers have limited capacity, so you will run out of space quickly if you record movies or TV shows frequently.

Instead of deleting your older files to make room for new recordings, you can pair the DVD with the receiver to save what you recorded on a DVD. Learn how to do this below.

Preparing things

It doesn’t take much effort to set up your DVR to burn and burn TV shows to a DVD. Let’s start with a list of things you need for everything to work. You need:

  1. television
  2. Premium Dish Network subscription
  3. DVD burner
  4. DVDs
  5. Composite video cable or RCA

If you have everything you need, the first thing you need to do is disconnect the DVR from the TV. You need to connect the above connection with a DVD burner, so that you can burn what you burn directly to a DVD. Here is a step-by-step process that will tell you everything you need to know.

Step 1: Disconnect the DVR from your TV

Disconnect the DVR from your TV. If they are connected via an RF coaxial cable, disconnect at both ends. Your DVD burner may not have the same port, so you will need to make things work with a different connection. Do not touch the cable that connects Dish Network to your DVR.

Step 2: Connect your DVR to the DVD burner

You need to connect the output port of your DVR to the input port of the DVD burner. You can do this in different ways, depending on the type of ports your devices have. Both should work with a standard RCA cable or a composite video cable. If you don’t know what the wires look like, ask someone at your local electronics store and they’ll give you what you need.

Step 3: Connect the DVD burner to your TV

Once you have connected the DVR to your DVD, the next step is to connect the DVD burner to the TV. You need an RCA cable to connect the two, but make sure the cable is connected to an output port on the DVD burner. All the ports on your TV are input ports, so it doesn’t matter which one you choose. If you have an LCD TV or HDTV, you may need a composite video cable to make the connection.

Step 4: Make sure everything works

Turn on all devices to make sure all connections are working. Your Dish Network channels should still appear on your TV screen as they did before. If this works, play a video on your DVR to check if you can watch the video on the TV screen.

Step 5 – Burn your first DVD

Insert a recordable DVD into the recorder and follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer. You can now record any video you play from the DVR. Press the burn button on your DVD burner and the video should be burned to DVD.

Step 6 – Play the video you recorded

If you connected everything correctly, and if the first DVD recording is finished, all you have to do is try to play the video from your DVD to see if it works. Once you are sure you do, you can burn as many DVDs as you want and you can watch them on any other DVD burner or on your PC.

Save your favorite videos to DVD

Many Dish Network users have DVRs to record their favorite movies and TV shows, but DVRs have limited capabilities. Instead of removing things once you run out of space, you can pair a DVD burner with your TV and DVR burner to save the videos you want directly to a DVD. It’s easy to set up and you can record as many movies and programs as you want.

Do you use a DVD burner to save your favorite movies? If you have linked your DVD and DVR, please tell us in the comments section below.

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