If your Spectrum DVR not recording recently and you’re looking for a quick solution, you’ve found the best troubleshooting post.
Here we will discuss what are the possible causes for this issue and how to resolve them as quickly as possible.
Luckily there are several methods that you can apply and hopefully, they will manage to get your DVR recording again.
The most common issue that many Spectrum DVR users encounter is not enough storage space. If the drive is full, your DVR will not be able to record unless you clear some space.
Another possibility is that you’re trying to record “On Demand” programming, which is basically not allowed for the device.
Now when you know what the most common issues are, ensure that you’re not encountering one of them, and let’s jump in right into the solutions.
How To Fix DVR Spectrum Not Recording?
If you are here, we assume that your Spectrum DVR has issues recording.
We dug deep into the community forums to find the fastest and most efficient methods that are well-known to resolve issues just like yours.
Our methods are listed in the way they are supposed to be applied so we recommend following them in numerical order.
Method #1 Clear Storage
As we mentioned in the introduction if your storage is full your Spectrum DVR will not be able to record as there is no space for the device to store more data.
If you haven’t checked your storage recently, we recommend going there right away to find if there is anything you can delete.
If, however, all recordings you have are important to you, you can easily back them up on a flash drive.
This way you will have a backup and you can confidently wipe the storage clean.
Even if your storage is not entirely full, you might still encounter issues when recording.
We recommend keeping your storage below 75% at all times, to ensure that the issue is not related.
Now it is time to check if the Spectrum DVR recording functionality works.
If it is still not working, let’s move on to our next method.
Method #2 Restart Spectrum DVR
We all know that a simple restart is capable of resolving a wide range of issues with any piece of technology so the case with your Spectrum DVR is no different.
We recommend cutting its power supply entirely for about 5 to 10 minutes to perform a clean boot.
Hopefully, after rebooting all services the device will be able to capture again.
Keep in mind that if your Spectrum DVR not recording scheduled shows, the issue might be related to an internal glitch.
By performing a restart you should be able to successfully schedule capture events.
Method #3 Input Connections
While it seems a bit obvious, if your cords are not connected properly, you will definitely experience issues. Not only with recording.
The recommendation here would be to inspect your cables and if possible, disconnect everything and connect from scratch.
This way you will ensure sufficient connections and hopefully, this will restore your Spectrum DVR capturing functionality.
Method #4 Service Maintenance
This is more of an informative method, and probably the most annoying possible cause.
If this is the case your DVR would not work because there is maintenance where some technical works are being done.
The only solution is to wait until the maintenance is over. If you are not sure that the issue is because of service maintenance, feel free to contact customer service and ask.
Why Spectrum DVR Not Recording Series?
If you are able to record movies but you’re having issues capturing TV shows or series, here we will discuss how exactly it is done.
There are several occasions that could cause problems with capturing series, so before you proceed check the following things:
- Ensure that TV and equipment are properly connected and powered ON.
- Make sure that the coax cable is connected to the power outlet.
- Unplug your receiver and wait at least a minute before turning it back on.
- Ensure that there are no objects in front of the receiver.
If everything seems to be alright, let’s move on to the step-by-step guide on how to record series with your Spectrum DVR.
How To Record Series With Spectrum DVR?
Actually, there are no known issues to prevent your Spectrum DVR to record series so the only possibility is that you’re doing something wrong.
In that regard, down below we’ve prepared a step-by-step tutorial for you to follow.
In order to record the show you’re currently watching follow the steps below:
Step 1. Press the RECORD button on your remote.
Step 2. When recording a series, you need to choose if you want to record just the current episode or capture the whole series.
Step 3. If you have selected to record the whole series, here are the options you have:
- Episodes (All Episodes or New Only)
- Start Time (5 minutes early or Scheduled)
- Stop Time (up to 2 hours late or Scheduled)
- Record Until (I delete or space is full)
Step 4. Choose and configure the options as you desire, then press RECORD to execute.
If the program you’re watching is a series the recording will start immediately.
In case you have missed the beginning of the episode, there is a 60 minutes portion that is being stored in Time Shift Buffer, and the recording will contain the missed part.
How To Record Series From The Spectrum Mobile App?
If your DVR Spectrum not recording series, using the intended way, there is a pretty convenient alternative.
Regardless if you’re using an Android or iOS device in the store you will find the dedicated Spectrum mobile app.
Once downloaded and installed on your device, here is how to set a recording:
- Find the program/series you want to record using the Guide or Search
- Choose Details
- Press on Recording Options
- From the list of spectrum receivers that will appear choose yours
- Select Confirm
When the program is recorded, it will appear in the Spectrum DVR list on the chosen receiver.
DVR Storage Helpful Tips and Recommendations
We have figured that you might need help with managing your Spectrum DVR storage.
If your space fills up really quickly there are some things you can do to slow this process.
- Recording in SD takes a lot less space than HD programs/series
- If you’re recording series, set your DVR to capture only new episodes
- Delete unnecessary recording on a weekly basis
- Set record duplicates to NO
- Consider buying an external hard drive
DVR Spectrum Not Recording Issue Is Still There?
If you have applied all of our methods rightfully and the issue still persists, as a last resort you can contact customer services for additional help.
There is a high possibility for the support team to come up with a solution that still hasn’t reached the online communities.
To save as much time as possible, let the support team know what exactly have you tried so far and how your DVR Spectrum behaves.
With a little luck, the issue would be a minor problem that can easily be identified and resolved.
After all the supplier knows best how to troubleshoot its own products, so by asking for help you cannot go wrong.
We hope that this post was able to fix the issue where Spectrum DVR is not recording or at least help you tighten the circle of possible causes.
If you are still having the same issue, you might be dealing with a hardware problem where you will need a repair.
If there are any other issues related to the Spectrum DVR functionality, feel free to check our blog and you will most likely find a solution.
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Kevin has over five years of experience working in various Tech startups and providing Technical solutions. He has contributed to many Tech publications and websites.