DIRECTV DVR Receiver Maintenance?


DIRECTV DVR Receiver Maintenance?

As a DIRECTV viewer, do you ever wonder about your DVR?  Specifically, do you ever think there’s something you should be doing to keep your DIRECTV DVR healthy?  If you haven’t been doing anything to maintain your DIRECTV HR24 DVR, you might be wondering how it’s still operating after all the time you’ve had it.  (These DVRs rolled out in 2010 and there are still plenty of models still out there.)  Truth be told, DIRECTV created these DVR units so that you don’t have to worry about them.  Viewers need to be more concerned with your DIRECTV programming, especially if you have this service in a boat, RV, big rig, or other vehicle.


In its wisdom, DIRECTV has built a series of maintenance protocols into its DVRs.  These features keep your DIRECTV DVR operating at peak efficiency.  Specifically, it’s the use of Linux as a DIRECTV DVR operating system.  Because of the addition of Linux, you don’t have to worry about running a DIRECTV DVR defrag.  The DVR’s operating system is largely immune to the fragmentation you find with Windows-based devices.  When changes must be made to your DVR, Linux downloads new code, similar to the technology used in today’s cars.   

DIRECTV DVRs reserve a certain amount of hard drive space for repairs.  When the Linux disk and file checking routines discover that a part of the drive has stopped working, a spare region is used to compensate.  All of this goes on without viewers like you even realizing it’s happening, so there’s no need break out your DIRECTV DVR owners manual.  Do you even know where yours is?

Linux is extremely valuable when larger hard drive repairs need to be made.  In these situations, you usually have to reboot your DVR, or it reboots automatically.  When your DVR, which is a type of computer, reboots for an update, Linux makes a lot of checks.  It takes a deep dive into your hard drive and triggers an automatic “rescue” routine if it needs it. In many cases, this is enough to restore your DIRECTV DVR to its proper functions.

DIRECTV HD and 4K Upgrades

So, as you can see, your DIRECTV DVR system will live a long and happy life.  What might not last as long is your DIRECTV standard definition (SD) programming.  Do you have DIRECTV in your RV, boat, big rig, or other vehicle?  If so, you might want to pay close attention to these details.  Many of these installations are still using DIRECTV’s SD programming.  If this is you, we recommend upgrading to DIRECTV high definition (HD) or 4K as soon as possible. 

Word from DIRECTV insiders says that satellite 119, the company’s SD satellite, will be parked in orbit sometime in 2019.  This could mean one of two things: either all SD programming will go dark, or just a couple of SD channels will remain available.  Either way, this isn’t good news for anyone who enjoys their favorite news, sports, and entertainment from DIRECTV.  If you’re still using SD after 119 gets parked, you could lose most or all of your programming.

When it comes to upgrading your DIRECTV programming, you have two choices – HD or 4K.   HD is broadcast in 1080p, which offers viewers stunning, high definition detail.  It also delivers theater-quality Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound.  If you want the best of the best, try DIRECTV’s 4K programming.  This offers a resolution that’s 10 times greater than that of HD.  It practically makes your news, sports, and shows come to life before your very eyes.  Whether you choose an HD or 4K upgrade, you can rest assured that you’ll have DIRECTV’s best programming options.

DIRECTV Upgrade Packages from Signal Connect

Would you like to replace your SD programming with a DIRECTV upgrade package?  Signal Connect is here to help you every step of the way.  As an AT&T Preferred Dealer, we have DIRECTV upgrade packages for HD and 4K.  If you’re not sure which one is best for your business or vehicle, we can help.  If you have any questions about DIRECTV HD or 4K upgrades, just call our representatives at 866.726.4182.  We’re here to answer all your questions and help you find the DIRECTV upgrade that’s best for you.