How can you look at future times and dates on a DIRECTV DVR?

It’s very easy actually. If you’re looking for something to record, you might know when it’s on and what channel it’s on. If that’s the case, you can go straight to that time in the guide and find it quickly.

Start by pressing {GUIDE} on your remote, then press either the {DASH} button to the left of the zero, or the yellow button if your remote has one. (Both work the same.) You’ll get a popup menu like the one you see above and when you press {SELECT} you can choose first the date, and then the time you want to look at. Once you get there, you can navigate around the guide just as you always have and find the program you want.

DIRECTV’s Advanced Program Guide generally has between 10 and 14 days of data, meaning that you’re not likely to find a whole lot interesting more than two weeks out. You’ll see a lot of listings that say “Title not available.” That’s normal and you’ll get more information as the time gets closer. DIRECTV DVRs actually pull guide data from the satellite all the time and they update the most current listings very often, so if a show is pre-empted at the last minute they can change whether or not it gets recorded.

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