Record and watch shows with cloud DVR

Learn how to get a quick overview of how to manage your DVR recordings for DIRECTV STREAM.

Record a show or series

Want to record a show or movie to watch later? You can:

  • Record from the guide, the browsing carousel, or a device.
  • Schedule an upcoming recording now. It won’t show in your playlist until it’s done recording.
  • Schedule a recording on any device and watch it on another.
  • Record multiple shows at the same time until you use all your storage hours.
  • Store titles for up to 9 months with DIRECTV STREAM. You’ll see an alert 7 days before a recording expires.

 For TV series recordings:

  • Customers with 20 hours of Cloud DVR storage are allowed a maximum of 10 episodes per TV series.
  • Customers with Unlimited Cloud DVR storage are allowed a maximum of 30 episodes per TV series.
  • Once the maximum episode limit is met, the oldest recorded episode will be automatically deleted first (within 9 months or less) to make room for the next recorded episode.

Titles airing now

From a mobile device or computer

  1. Go to DIRECTV STREAM or the DIRECTV App.
  2. Select the show you want to watch.
  3. Choose REC. (If you’re using an Android® device, select the 3 dots first.)

From Apple TV or Samsung TV

  1. Go to DIRECTV STREAM and scroll down to see your options.
  2. Swipe right to highlight your choice and select Record.
  3. Select All Episodes or New Episodes.

From Amazon Fire TV or Roku

  1. Go to DIRECTV STREAM and press OK. This shows the video player.
  2. Use the right arrow to select REC.
  3. Press OK and follow the prompts.


Titles airing later

  1. Go to DIRECTV STREAM and select Guide.
  2. Find the show you want to record.
    • Pick REC to add the title or series to your DVR recordings.
    • Select All Episodes or New Episodes, if applicable.

Good to know: Use the overflow button (…) on your remote to record from the guide.

Watch a recording

Using the Gemini (DIRECTV) remote? Press the LIST button to go to your recorded shows. You can also:

  1. Go to DIRECTV STREAM and select My Library.
  2. Choose a title from your list to watch. Or, select Upcoming Recordings to see what’s scheduled to record.

Tip: You’ll see programs in Upcoming Recordings 2 days before they’re scheduled to air. To confirm a series recording, search for the title. Select it from the list of results to see details like the number of episodes and seasons. You’ll also have the option to cancel the series.

Delete recordings

Want to clean up your playlist? You can remove a recording during video playback. Or, you can delete it from My Library on your Gemini (DIRECTV) device, the DIRECTV app on a compatible device, or a web browser. Here’s how:

  1. Go to DIRECTV STREAM and select My Library.
  2. Check your recordings list for the title you want to remove.

You can also manage your DVR recordings online.

Note: Sports recordings are automatically extended where content continues to stream beyond the programmer’s scheduled time. Applies to the NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA leagues, NCAA Football and Basketball (Division I), and Soccer (UEFA, FIFA). Extended sports recordings contingent upon third-party recording service availability and varies by packages, channel subscriptions & billing region. Blackout restrictions apply. Data connection required. Recordings expire after 9 months. In a series recording, max 30 episodes stored with unlimited hours of cloud DVR and max 10 episodes stored with 20 hours of cloud DVR (oldest deleted first which may be in less than 9 months). Restrictions apply.

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