How To Maximize DVR Space

25 February 2015
 Categories: Technology, Blog

Do you remember, not that long ago, how, when you wanted to watch something on television, you were forced to sit through commercial breaks? Fortunately, thanks to the digital video recorder, more commonly known as a DVR, watching commercials is a thing of the past. With this wonderful invention, which you can buy as its own device or as part of your cable package, you can skip right through commercials, and you never have to be at home and in front of the television when something comes on. That's a wonderful thing, but sadly, many DVRs fill up way too fast. And, when they're full, you can miss out on shows you really wanted to see. The good news, however, is that there are many ways to maximize DVR space.

Check Start and End Times

Did you know that many modern DVRs are programmed to actually start recording a few minutes early and to stop recording a few minutes late? That feature exists in case your clock is a little off or in case a movie or show ends up starting or ending sooner or later than expected.

While this feature can sometimes come in handy, it more than often just records the tail end of other shows and movies or the beginnings of the ones that come on after, filling up your DVR with useless and time consuming material. You can stop this problem by fiddling with the "start time" and "end time" options on your DVR. Set shows up to record exactly on time, and you won't be disappointed.

Know Your DVR's Capabilities

When you fiddle around in the DVR menu long enough, you should be able to find a way to determine how much recording space your DVR has available. Compare that space, daily, to the recordings you have set up for the day, making adjustments as necessary. If you do this and stay on top of it, you never have to miss a show or movie due to a full DVR ever again.


If you've tried these methods and you still aren't getting all of your shows and movies, it's probably time to upgrade to a DVR with a higher capacity. When choosing a DVR, think about how many things it can record at once and its overall recording space. That way, you won't end up disappointed yet again. There are a lot of good DVRs out there, but the trick is to find the one from a supplier like Solarus that's right for your viewing habits and then to adjust it as needed.