Advanced HDPVR Satellite System

Connecting your Advanced HDPVR

Your Advanced HDPVR delivers the best in TV entertainment. With the big, bold clarity of HD, plus the convenience of Smart Personal Video Recorder Technology, you'll wonder how you ever watched TV the old-fashioned way.

Installing your Receiver

Your receiver should be placed on a secure shelf. Don't put other components on top of it. They could block air vents and prevent the machine's cooling mechanisms from working effectively.

If you are putting it in a cabinet, you should ensure there is adequate ventilation. Connect the antenna so the UHF remote control will control your Advanced HDPVR when the door is closed.

A variety of cables are included with your Advanced HDPVR. The HDMI cable delivers the best quality HD picture and digital sound to your TV. If you want to enjoy Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, you'll need an optical cable to connect to your 5.1-capable sound system. If supported by your sound system, you can also connect an HDMI cable from the Advanced HDPVR to the sound system, with another HDMI cable from the sound system to your TV. You can also connect your receiver with the component video cables if you prefer, and still enjoy a high quality HD picture.

Two satellite lines are required

The most important thing to know about connecting your Advanced HDPVR is that you need two dedicated lines from your satellite dish or multi-switch to the Advanced HDPVR. This ensures you can watch one channel and record another or that you can record two channels. If you have multiple TVs in your home, you may need to install a multi-switch to allow for more connections to receivers.

Our professional installers can ensure you have everything you need and are ready to start enjoying your Advanced HDPVR experience.

If you want to use the Instant Pay Per View feature that comes with your Shaw Direct service, you'll need to plug a phone line into your Advanced HDPVR. Your system will come with a phone line splitter and lots of phone cable to make hook up easy.

How to make your Audio and Video connections

Make sure the Advanced HDPVR is unplugged before you begin.

  1. Connect the two satellite inputs from the wall jack or multi-switch to your Advanced HDPVR.
  2. Connect your Advanced HDPVR to your Television.
    1. If you have an available HDMI port on your TV, simply connect the HDMI cable from your Advanced HDPVR to your TV.
    2. Or, you can use Component cables to connect the video and the red and white RCA cables for sound.
  3. Connect the telephone wire from a wall jack to the Advanced HDPVR jack labeled "TELCO".
  4. Plug in the PVR power cord into a power source. We recommend you use a good quality surge protector and do not plug your receiver directly into the wall.
  5. Wait one minute, and then press the power button located on the right side of the satellite receiver's front panel.


  • To use HDMI cables, your TV must be HDCP compliant. Computer monitors and some TVs that are more than five years old may not meet this standard.
  • If you are connecting through a home-theatre system, please refer to your home-theatre manual for the best connections for your system.

Adding other components, like a DVD player

Virtually all HDTVs have multiple inputs. You can hook up a range of devices to watch on the TV, including DVD or Blu-ray players or old-school VCRs. You'll use the TV menus to determine which input the TV will broadcast. For more information, consult your television's user manual.

To get the best HD picture quality, you'll want to hook your Advanced HDPVR directly to the TV and not go through a device like a DVD recorder.

Remember, some digital programming is copyright protected to not allow recording on third-party recorders like DVD recorders. However, your Advanced HDPVR is not affected. You can freely record any program onto the Advanced HDPVR for viewing later.

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