Having Trouble With Your DVR?

  • Start by sending a refresh signal to your Spectrum Receiver (cable box). Most issues should be resolved this way.
  • Reboot the DVR by unplugging it for 15 seconds, then plugging it back in. Allow at least 20 minutes for the receiver to fully recover and then turn it back on.
Note: Problems may arise if your receiver is too hot. Your receiver needs to "breathe" for it to function properly. Make sure to remove any objects around the device for proper ventilation.



Having Trouble With Recording Issues?

  • Sign in to your account to verify that your services are active.
  • Open the Record menu and make sure the program doesn't have restricted recording options.
  • If you're able to play recorded shows but can't record new programs, make sure the DVR has available disk space.


To check disk space for Motorola DVRs:

  1. Press the My DVR button on your remote.
  2. The percentage of storage space you've used is displayed in the middle of the screen.
  3. Delete some of your already-recorded programs as needed.


To check disk space for Scientific Atlanta DVRs:

  1. Open the DVR Recordings List.
  2. Press A to open the Saved Shows option.
  3. Use the Up or Down arrows to highlight View Disk Info.
  4. Press Select or OK.
  5. The Saved Shows Information screen will show the amount of disk space in use.
  6. Press C to return to the Saved Shows list and delete saved programs as needed.

Learn more about DVR disk space and how to add an external hard drive to increase your storage capacity.

Note: On Demand content can't be recorded. You can only watch On Demand content during the rental period for the program.


Problems with Series Recordings

Programs such as daily news shows and games shows may stop recording when set up as a series recording.

  1. Delete the current series recording.
  2. Restart the DVR.
  3. Set up a new series recording for the desired news program/TV show.
  4. In the DVR menu, make sure the program is scheduled to record under Future Recordings.

Playback Issues

Make sure that the Primary DVR is connected and powered on.

If you're experiencing problems with playback of some channels, try and record a few moments of a new program. (This may be an issue with the broadcast.)

Automatic Deletion/Scheduled Recordings Not Working

Recorded programs or scheduled recordings may automatically be deleted from your DVR if the memory is full.

  • Free up disk space to record additional programs.
  • Your DVR may also have an episode limit default for each series recording that is set too low.

Please note that programs will automatically be deleted/scheduled recordings will not work if the program SAVE setting is marked as Save Until Space Is Needed or something similar.

Trouble Deleting Recordings

To Delete ALL Programs

Note: Programs cannot be recovered after the hard drive has been cleared. Any future or series recordings scheduled may be deleted and will need to be reset/rescheduled, including favorites and parental controls. 
  1. Press the CBL button on the remote and power off the receiver (the TV should remain powered on).
  2. Press the OK, SELECT or MENU button on the remote to open the diagnostics screen.
  3. Select Option 1, then use the remote for the following sequence (Needs to be completed within 5 seconds):
  • Press REPLAY once.
  • Press MY DVR three times.
  • Press LIVE once.
  1. CLR should now display on the LED screen of your receiver. This indicates the hard drive has been cleared of all programming
  2. Press OK, SELECT, MENU, or EXIT to leave the diagnostics screen, then press CBL and POWER to turn the receiver back on.


Error Messages

Rec Display

  1. Press the CBL button on the remote and then press EXIT.
  2. Restart the DVR.

Unrecoverable Write/Hard Disk Drive Error

If you receive this error message on a Motorola DVR, you'll need to contact us.

If this error message appears on a Scientific Atlanta DVR, follow the steps below to reformat the hard drive:

Note: Reformatting the hard drive will delete ALL previously recorded programs. Other personalized settings such as future or series recordings, favorites or parental controls may also be deleted and need to be reset.
  1. Press the CBL button on the remote control.
  2. Power off the DVR.
  3. Press and hold the Pause button on the remote control until the message indicator (MAIL LIGHT) flashes.
  4. Press the PAGE DOWN button one time.
  5. Press the LIST or MY DVR button three times (display will show HDD1, HDD2, and HDD3).
  6. Display will then show HDDF, wait a few moments (no longer than 2 minutes) and the DVR will reboot.
  7. Turn the DVR back on and wait for the time to display.

DVR Services Not Available/DVR Not Enabled

  1. Sign in to your account to verify that your services are active.
  2. Send a refresh signal to your receiver or restart your device.

For further assistance, please contact us.

Additional Troubleshooting

Missing Functionality

  1. Tighten any loose connectors or replace any that appear damaged.
  2. Send a refresh signal or restart the receiver.


Problems Fast-Forwarding

Some Networks don't allow fast forward for On Demand programming. This feature is left to the discretion of individual networks.

Can't Send to TV

  • Make sure the correct TV and receiver are selected and powered on.
  • Select your Default devices and nickname your devices online at Spectrum.net or by using the Spectrum TV App.
  • If Send to TV doesn't work through the Spectrum TV App, close the Guide or Menu on your TV, then try sending the program again.

Can't Change Channels Via Remote on HDTV

Verify you are pressing the proper device button on your remote control for the device you are trying to control (TV, receiver, VCR, etc.).

This issue can be caused in some of the newer HDTV models. Follow the steps below:

  1. If the TV is set up on a table, position the HD or HD/DVR receiver behind the TV.
  2. If the TV is wall-mounted, move the HD or HD/DVR receiver as far to the right as possible.
  3. If your TV has a setting called Active Control, try changing it to reduce the interference.
  4. Reduce the TV's brightness.
  5. Place one of the following over/around/above the IR sensor on the HD or HD/DVR receiver:
  • Beige-colored tape
  • Film negatives
  • Sunglass lenses
  • Cardboard visor
  1. Dim the lighting in the room, if possible.
  2. Try using a RF (Radio Frequency) Remote Control system.


TV Screen/Channel Problems

Visit our TV Troubleshooting page if you're missing channels or have no picture on one or more TVs.

Closed Captioning

Learn more about managing closed captioning on your TV or receiver.

Interactive Guide Problems

Please visit our support page for programming guide tips if you're experiencing problems with no Guide displays, incorrect information, channels missing from Guide, etc.

Equipment Doesn't Turn On

  1. Make sure that the power is running to the amplifier, if applicable.
  2. Make sure the power source is working and that the equipment is plugged in.
  3. Verify the receiver is hooked up correctly.
  4. Turn on the receiver manually, without using a remote control.
  5. If the electrical outlet is controlled by a light switch, make sure the switch is turned on or check if the breaker needs to be reset.
  6. Send a refresh signal to your receiver or restart the DVR.

Can't Pause or Rewind Live TV

  1. Press the CBL button, then the POWER button on your remote control to turn off the receiver. Allow at least a few seconds before turning it back on.
  2. Make sure the DVR storage isn't full.
  3. Send a refresh signal to your receiver or restart the DVR.