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Cannot record from my DirectTV DVR, HR20-700

I wish to record some TV shows from my DVR onto DVD.  What connections are required, or does my Toshiba even support this effort?  I've tried S-video, and composite into Video 2 and Video 1 and there is nothing recorded. Thank you! Ron

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Most dvr units froim cable and satellite companies use a type of copy protection that does not allow you to copy programs to a disc. the cable company wont tell you this but they do and there isnt any way to work around it

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