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Can I copy shows/movies from a DVR to a DVD?

I've been reading a lot about:

(1) whether or not it's OK ( which I assume means legal if just for personal use) to record movies and shows from a DVR unit to a DVD for future viewing

(2) how to do this.

The "how to" part is especially confusing. Can it be done? Is there a universal step-by-step way to it, or is specific equipment needed for each DVR (mine is Google Fiber)? Does the transfer include using a computer or going direct to a DVD recorder? Is there software that makes this process easy?

I'm probably overlooking some other small, but important, points. So, experts, keeping in mind that I'm an average user and not a super-techie, what's the deal on this?

Thanks for your time.
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8/22/2022 - Mon
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1) As long as the recordings are for yourself/personal view and not to resell or create a mini-cinema to make a business out of it, then it is OK.
2) With DVR the problem is the limited space of the HDD inside. Then of course the recorded videos can be transferred from internal HDD to another device as an external HDD or DVD/Blue Ray depending what kind of output signals can provide your DVR unit.
If you need assistance how to do it step by step you must tell first what kind of signals/connectors with audio/video output signal has your device or easiest is to tell the type/model of the device.
Until then here are some guides:
http://www.wikihow.com/Record-From-DVR-to-DVD
http://science.opposingviews.com/can-record-programs-off-cable-dvr-onto-dvd-17795.html
http://dvr.about.com/od/howtos/ht/htDVRtoDVD.htm
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Gary-- getting a tad too tech for me....what is "component video?"
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I had no idea my question would lead to all these comments! But let me focus on the "how" for a moment rather than the abstract nuances of the "copying" issue.

First, "Google Fiber is Google's fiber-to-the-premises service in the United States, providing broadband internet and cable television to a small and slowly increasing number of locations." Google Fiber's internet connection speed is 1GIGABYTE per second. My speed test shows over 900 mb per second download and over 800 for upload. What used to take me 45 minutes to upload now takes about 2 1/2 minutes. The package I have includes 2TG Cloud storage and 250 TV channels, all for $10 a month more than I had been paying Time Warner. The DVR storage is also something like 2 TB.


Next.,after reading the more technical info the experts have provided so far, it occurred to me that it might be a smart thing to post a photo of the back of the TV box (that's their term for it) so that you experts can offer specific suggestions after seeing what I have to work with.
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TV Box comment part 2--Hey, Experts Exchange---how making it crystal clear HOW TO POST A PICTURE without posting the message up to that point as a single message?

To continue....

This page:

https://support.google.com/fiber/answer/6001622?hl=en

contains a very thorough explanation of the unit, and also features a graphic of the back of the box (as in my picture in the previous post) with all of the inputs/output clearly labelled.

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RadioGeorge thankyou I see what you have now, your TV box or set top box doesn't have a DVD burner
so you cant burn the tv shows unless you add another DVR with a DVD burner. As mentioned we cant really show you how to do this as EE is a public forum and would put EE in breach of showing how to by pass copyrights.
In simple English how to hack your TV box.
I know it is only for personal use but public forums are accessed by millions.
I too have a Foxtel cable box and Foxtel provides another service ( subscription)  for a an extra cost Foxtel IQ DVR but again it wont burn DVD.
They don't want us to burn stuff to DVD,
Due to copyright restrictions, my understanding is that subscribers are unable to transfer recorded shows onto an external drive of any sorts the same applies to you.
Foxtel IQ or Google Fibre or any paid for service unless that service provides a box that has a DVD burner
The only avenue your service provides is Cloud storage.
Regards Merete
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Thanks to all the experts who replied. This was one of the most interesting batch of replies I've seen on EE in response to what I thought would be a simple question. The followups from all was very gratifying.

End of the story: none, for the time being!  When I started examining cable, inputs, and outputs, I discovered there are NO video or audio OUTputs from the back of the TV, which might have been the start of a solution. There is an available  HDMI plug, but  my recording  units do not have an HDMI plug.

We'll see how it goes with some experimenting in the near future. I have an electronic engineer friend who agrees with the idea presented here, and he will likely help make a final determination.

I am bummed out at the realization that my LG TV set, manufactured in 2012 is apparently already outmoded!  I would much prefer that computer and electronic technology keep a slower pace, one that matches my income and spending habits more comfortably.
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