Firs of thanks in advanced for the help. I am getting a DVR from a friend. Its brand new sealed, with everything included (access card is also new). Here is my question, I read on the online manual that the dvr has to have 2 cables coming in from the dish to the back of it connected in order to work properly. Can I just slipt the cable I connected now to my receiver into 2 with splitter, buy to cables and connect the same original cable line into the 2 connections in the back? Or do the connections have to be 2 independent connections coming directly from the dish? I've seen a splitter at the electronics store were I can connect the original cable and have 2 cables coming out the other end. I hope I explained myself enought, thanks again.