How to Hook Up a Satellite Dish to a DVD Recorder for Timer Recording

Updated February 21, 2017

Satellite television signals travel through an exterior dish to a receiver for unscrambling and transmitting to a TV. Hooking up a DVD recorder between the receiver and the TV means the user can record live programming or set the component on a timer for delayed recording. DVD recorders connect to a satellite receiver and TV with composite audio/video cables that are colour-coded for simplified set-up. The connections and programming the DVD recorder take only a few minutes.

Connect the coaxial cable from the satellite dish to the satellite receiver's COAX IN jack by turning the coupler on the end of the cable clockwise and tightening by hand.

Insert a set of composite AV cables into the satellite receiver's AV OUT jacks, using the yellow plug for the video connection, the white plug for left audio and the red plug for the right audio.

Connect the other ends of the cables to the DVD recorder's AV Input jacks using the same colour codes.

Plug a second set of composite cables from the AV OUT jacks on the DVD recorder to the AV IN jacks on the back of a TV.

Turn on the components and set the satellite receiver to the channel that will be recorded.

Insert a blank, recordable DVD into the recorder's media tray and close the tray.

Press the "Menu" button on the DVD recorder and use the up and down arrow keys to scroll to "Program Recording" or "Timer Recording" (the exact wording will vary, depending on the DVD recorder model).

Set the channel, the day and the hours for the on and off time to program the recorder, using the keypad on the remote control. Press "Enter" to finalise the programming.


Blank DVDs are available in several formats, so be sure to use the format specifically recommended for the DVD recorder.


Unplug the equipment from the electricity while connecting AV components.

Things You'll Need

  • AV composite cables
  • Blank, recordable DVDs
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James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.