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What Can I Do With My DIRECTV Plus DVR Receiver?

DIRECTV allows you to go beyond your normal viewing experience with the most advanced features, and the DIRECTV Plus® DVR clearly takes your TV viewing to the next level. You’ll never miss anything since the DVR lets you watch what you want on your own schedule. Plus, there are so many additional features that you won’t believe you ever watched TV in any other way.

DIRECTV offers the best DVR technology, and you need to get most out of your new system. Be sure to view the Quick User Guide (pdf) to understand how each feature works and find out more about how to use your DIRECTV Plus DVR System.

Learn more about your new DIRECTV Plus DVR Receiver, and get information on other DIRECTV receivers too. If you haven’t decided on what receiver is right for you, be sure to call now and ask how you can get a FREE upgrade to a DIRECTV DVR. It’s available with the CHOICE XTRA package and above.

DVR Features You’ll Love

Record While You Watch

Can’t decide if you want to watch your favorite TV series, or a new Hollywood movie release? You no longer have to choose between two programs with the DIRECTV DVR. You can record a program while watching another.*

Pause and Rewind Live TV

Maybe it’s the unexpected surprise that happens on reality television, or it’s the noisy phone call in the next room that’s louder than your TV volume. Regardless of your circumstance, if you missed what just happened on your favorite program, or want to see it again because it’s that good — just pause and rewind. You can now pause your live TV program right in the middle of the action, and you can even rewind live TV to create your very own instant replays.

Record Two Shows at Once

Do you have too many favorite shows? Lucky for you, even if they are all scheduled to air on the same day and at the same time, you can still watch them all. DIRECTV DVR lets you can record two shows at the same time, even while you are watching a third recorded show*.

Never Miss an Episode

With the Series Link ™, you can record every episode of your favorite show, even if the day or time changes. It’s great to use right before the season premiere starts, so you can record the entire season without worrying about when the show will actually air.

The Most Recording Capacity

You can record and save up to 100 to 200 hours of HD programming. Or, you can use up to 400 hours of SD programming instead so there is always enough storage for all your favorite shows.

Find Your Favorite Shows

Don’t know what time a TV show is airing, but you still want to DVR it? You can use the "Find By" feature and make it easy to locate a program by title, actor, keyword or channel.

Interactive Capability

Curious about the current weather conditions, or need to know if your lottery ticket has the winning numbers? Simply press the "Active" key on your remote to visit the DIRECTV Active™ Channel. Here you'll find interactive services, such as weather, horoscopes, lottery results, recommendations and more.


DIRECTV wants you to find what you are looking for quickly and easily. Now you can mark a place in a program if you want to come back to later. The "Bookmarks" feature helps you keep track of where you left off, or find places you'd like to jump to quickly.

On-Screen Caller ID

Do you ever get so engrossed in a television show that you can’t bear to get up from the couch when you hear the phone ringing? Thanks to DIRECTV, you’ll never have to leave the couch again with On-Screen Caller ID. You can see who's calling right on your TV screen! All you need is Caller ID‡ service from your phone service provider and connection to a land-based phone. Once you have that connected, the person calling you is displayed right in front of your eyes.

Dolby® Digital 5.1

You should complete your perfect home theater system with Dolby® Digital 5.1 Surround Sound.** It’s the same format as Blu-ray ™³ and delivers the best audio so you’ll feel like you’re right in the middle of a movie theatre.

Parental Controls

Never worry about what your children are watching when you’re not home. DIRECTV’s Parental Controls option offers you a wide range of options to keep your kids safe. You can do everything from setting ratings that the kids are allowed to watch, and even block certain channels, set spending limits when using things like Pay-Per-View, and also set the maximum hours of TV that they can view each day.


*Professional installation highly recommended. Continuous land-based phone line connection required. †Actual recording capacity depends on type of programming being recorded. ‡This feature requires subscription to Caller ID or a similar service from your phone company. **Surround Sound audio equipment required and sold separately. Not all TV programs are broadcast using Dolby® Digital 5.1 for DIRECTV® programming.