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Direct TV DVR "skipping" like a dvd

Our satellite dvr recorder is having issues. When we try to watch programs we've recorded they skip, break up into squares, the sound stops and then the picture reverts back to whater\ver is playing on the channel we happened to be on. The other night we recording a show and trying to watch a DVR recorded show but it kept acking like avd that skiped, returned us to regular prgramming and shut off the active recording.

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Re: Direct TV DVR "skipping" like a dvd

You have an internal hard drive error. You will need a new box.

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