TIP: Set Series Recordings with two button presses

You know how you’ll be searching through the guide and you want to record something? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to record quickly with just one or two button presses? DIRECTV DVRs already have this ability and it’s super-easy!

If you see something you want to record in the guide, press the record button on the remote. On older DIRECTV remotes the button is above the {LIST} button and looks like this:

On the new Genie Remote the button is below the {GUIDE} button and looks like this:

Press it once and you’ll see an icon to indicate that the show will record. The icon looks like this:

Yeah, you’d probably figured out all that already. But did you know that it’s just as easy to set a series recording? You can set a program to record every time it airs, too. Before you start you might want to set the defaults. Press {MENU} on the remote, then go to Recordings, Manage Recordings, and Record Defaults. You’ll see a screen that looks like this:

This will let you set your preferences for series recordings, if you want only first runs or all episodes, and how many of each show you want to keep. When you’re done setting those preferences, press {EXIT} on the remote.

Once your preferences are set up, pressing the record button twice will give a different icon on the guide:

This indicates a series recording that will let you get your favorite shows every time. Want to cancel it? Press the record button again. It’s that easy!

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