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    Watch DVR without Satellite hooked up?

    We are leaving on a 25 day trip with our travel trailer and plan on taking our Directv with us.



    We will be mostly traveling, so I might not set up the Directv dish every night. Can we watch the programs recorded on the DVR without hooking up the satellite dish?

    Thanks!
    Pat

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    I'm not entirely sure about this, but my guess would be no.

    As soon as you power up the DVR, it will go through it's boot up sequence and get stuck on the "Searching for Signal" screen.

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    I'm not trying to be funny, but if you do this , we'll all know.

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    I’m pretty sure I saw on another thread that this will work. Could be that it only works on HD DVR though. If stuck on acquiring sat. Signal you can push exit.

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    Which DVR? With the newer software versions on the HR20, they now work without sat hookup. Its a feature that was designed to work when the sat goes down in weather or power loss but does work in offline mode.

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    Works on old DVRs

    I have an old Phillips SD DVR and wanted to use it in the bedroom where there wasn't a Directv connection. First the DVR tried to connect to a satellite, which of course it couldn't. On each step I told the DVR to skip what ever it was trying to do and move on. Eventually it got stuck on trying to find the satellite, but I also got the message that I could watch what was recorded on the hard drive while the DVR continued to search.

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