How to Install a Dish Network DVR

by Jack Gerard

A DVR, also known as a digital video recorder, is a device that allows you to record shows and movies off cable or satellite television to watch at a later date. Because the shows are stored in a digital format, you can pause, fast forward and rewind any programs you have saved without having to wait for the unit to access information on a tape or disc. You can even use a DVR to pause and rewind live television, with the unit automatically starting to record as soon as you pause or rewind. This makes a DVR a wonderful accessory for Dish Network subscribers, letting them automatically record any programs they want to watch, or to pause a show when they have to leave the room. Best of all, installing a Dish Network DVR unit is easy and can be done in just a few minutes.

Disconnect your old Dish Network receiver, unplugging its electrical cord and then unhooking its video and audio connections. Since a Dish Network DVR unit also works as a Dish Network receiver, you'll have no need to use the old receiver; in most cases, you will be expected to return it to your local Dish Network service provider once the DVR has been installed.

Place the new DVR unit where your old receiver was located on your entertainment center. Begin connecting it to your television, home audio system and any other entertainment devices your old receiver was attached to. The Dish Network satellite cable will connect to the coaxial "Signal In" connection on the back of the unit, and you can connect your devices either via the coaxial cable or the video and audio cables supplied with the DVR. When the cables have all been connected, plug in the DVR unit.

Insert the programming card from your old Dish Network receiver into the card slot of the new DVR unit (unless you were given a new card for the DVR, in which case you should use it). Once the DVR has its programming card in place, turn on both the DVR and the television. It will take the DVR unit a moment to find a signal from the satellite; it should then automatically connect you to your Dish Network programming. Once connected, your DVR should automatically update itself internally with the current time and features of your subscription package.

Use your remote control to set any parental filters you might have for your DVR. If your DVR unit has a digital clock display, set it to the current time (as this is not synched with the internal clock of the unit.) From this point, you can begin scheduling recordings using the onscreen menu, and can also navigate channels with your remote just as you could with the standard Dish Network receiver.

About the Author

Born in West Virginia, Jack Gerard now lives in Kentucky. A writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience, he has written both articles and poetry for publication in magazines and online. A former nationally ranked sport fencer, Gerard also spent several years as a fencing coach and trainer.