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Trouble recording on the DVR.

The DVR won't let us watch something on another channel while we are recording another program.

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    Brian Fells May 11, 2010

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Do you have a Dual tuner DVR? If so, verify that you have 2 cables from the dish plugged into the back, one into each tuner.

If thats not the problem, go into your settings and verify that you do not have one tuner disabled. If both tuners are enabled, check the signal strength. If its good on both tuners and resetting the receiver doesn't fix it, its probably time to call DTV to discuss a new receiver.

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