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Record DirecTV Programs While Not At Home With Your iPhone

If you have ever forgot to record a show on your DVR and missed a game or a show that you really wanted to see you will be happy to know that you can now record programs using your iPhone or any web enabled mobile device to record DirecTV programs. The directions below are specific to DirecTV however they are similar for the mobile web applications as well. The DirecTV iPhone application will allow you to not only browse shows that are upcoming but it will also allow you to record any upcoming shows to any of the DVR’s are your house. Follow the directions below to use your iPhone to record DirecTV satellite tv shows to the DVR’s at your house while you are traveling or simply away from your home.

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Watch Your Home TV Set On Your iPhone From Any Wireless Network Connection

Many people may not be aware of a company called Sling Media that makes devices that connect to your DirecTV, cable, or other satellite providers receiver so you can watch your own television from any Internet connection. The product that makes this possible is Sling Box and it connects in between the output of your cable or satellite receivers output and your televisions input. Then it connects to the network at your house via a switch, wireless router, or the like and provides instructions on how to view remotely from any computer and many mobile devices. There is an application available from the iTunes store that will allow you to connect to the Sling Box at your home via your iPhone so you can watch your home television from your iPhone. This includes watching shows that have been recorded on your DVR, etc.

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How to Purchase DirecTV Pay Per View Video On Demand Movies Without a Phone Line

When my DirecTV receivers were initially installed they didn’t have a phone line attached to them however they also did not have Ethernet attached to them. The default a installation technician will use is to have them in the DirecTV system as having a phone line attached. The phone line being attached allows for you to purchase PPV (Pay Per View) movies, VoD (Video on Demand) movies, and used to allow for upgrading of the receiver software. Since I never had a phone line attached to the receiver I would always order my PPV movies online. It also appears that all software updates now happen over the satellite signal to keep your receiver up to date. I always wished I was able to purchase Pay Per View movies directly from my remote to save the hassle of signing into directv.com and having to purchase the movie that way.

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Upgrade Denon 3808ci Firmware

The Denon 3808ci is an awesome receiver for the mid level home audio user. I use them to power two different setups in my house and try to update the firmware once a month by using the following instructions.

  1. Open Menu: Click menu on your remote control
  2. Manual Setup: Use the up or down arrow to navigate to the Manual Setup menu.
  3. Options Setup: Use the up or down arrow to navigate to the Options Setup menu.
  4. Firmware Upgrade: Use the up or down arrow to navigate to the Firmware Upgrade menu and click start upgrade.