How to Play DVR Files on a PC

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How to Play DVR Files on a PC
Record your DVR programs to a DVD player to watch them on a PC. (computer image by michele goglio from

TiVo and DirecTV DVR players allow people to record their favourite TV programs on their own time. But as Satellite Guru states, there should be no reason why anyone would have to choose recording one program over another due to limited recording space. Recoding your shows onto a DVD disk for play on your personal computer can prevent you from having to delete an episode just so you can record another.

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Things you need

  • Composite cables

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  1. 1

    Connect the DVD player's composite cable (the red, yellow, and white cable) to the back of its corresponding outlet to the TiVo or other Digital Video Recorder player's back panel.

  2. 2

    Insert a blank DVD inside the DVD player. Make sure that the unit is on and ready to record. Then begin recording the program from your TiVo or DVR player until program completes; the DVD player will save the television program onto the blank DVD.

  3. 3

    Install Windows Media Player (or any other free media program such as VLC). Visit the Microsoft Windows Media Player site to download the latest version of the player. Read the operating guidelines before installation to determine whether your PC has the required operating system, RAM and disk space needed to accommodate the download.

  4. 4

    Follow all on-screen prompts to initiate installation.

  5. 5

    Insert the DVD-ROM into the computer's DVD drive. Your computer system will begin to automatically run a media program such as Windows Media Player.

  6. 6

    Open the Windows Media Player (if program does not start automatically). Click on the "Quick Access Panel" button under the media player menu and select the DVD drive to begin DVD play.

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