Do You Need the Internet in Order to Use DIRECTV Whole-Home DVR Service?

Sometimes you just don’t want on demand stuff. If you’re somewhere that you can’t get internet and you still want to share programs… the good news is that you can do it with DIRECTV receivers. If you have a DVR and a receiver in your setup, the receiver will be able to play programs from the DVR without a problem as long as:

  • You’re using a SWM system
  • You have an HD receiver
  • You are already paying the “Advanced Receiver Services” fee on your bill.

If you don’t know whether or not you have a SWM system, press the {DASH} button on the remote while you’re watching live TV. If it says “SWiM Connected” then you’re all set. Otherwise there’s going to be a little upgrading involved, and that’s a topic for another article.
If you already have a DVR and HD service, chances are you’re paying the Advanced Receiver Services fee which gives you DVR service, whole-home service, and on-demand service. You don’t have to take advantage of all these services but for most customers you can’t pay for the services a la carte unless you’re on a really old programming package.
So, getting whole-home set up is actually really easy once you’ve gotten past those two hurdles. Go to the DVR and press {MENU} then go to Settings&Help, Settings, Whole-Home and set “Share Playlist” to “Yes.” Then you can go to the other receiver and press the {LIST} button to see the programs on the DVR and play them.
A lot of people also use this as a way to get (almost) DVR service on a regular receiver. Just start a live program recording on the DVR then watch it from the playlist of the regular receiver. You can pause it just as if you were on a DVR!

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