Many people subscribe the DVR services, such as DirecTV, TiVo and Dash Network, etc. All these TV service providers have their own DVR receivers with different models. And they are not compatible with each other. That means you can not use TiVo DVR to receive the signals from DirecTV. Sometimes, it is worse than that. After you cancel the services, you even can not watch the TV shows in the DVR. So it is quite important to backup your DVR records in DVD or in your computers as mp4 or AVI videos.
To achieve this job, you need an S-Video cable, a DVD recorder or a computer with capture card. If you prefer to back up your DVR records to the DVD disk directly, you will not need a computer. You just connect the DVR output with the DVD recorder input with the S-Video, and press the play button to start the analogue backup. And if you choose to backup DVR to Computer, you need to connect DVR to computer’s capture card and the left processes are the same.
There is only one problem I need to mention. This way is a real time recording, which means it will take your one hour if your TV show is one hour. But it will be a very tough job if you have 100 hours TV shows need to be backup.