How do I transfer recorded TV programs from my Direct Tv DVR to a DVD recorder or to my laptop
You will need to connect your DVR to your DVD recorder using an RCA cable. Using the remote control of your DVD, switch the input of your DVD program to the corresponding input of the cable. This will sync DVR through your DVD's recording channel. Check out http://forums.cnet.com/7723-7596_102-274844/is-it-possible-to-record-direct-tv-dvr-content-to-a-dvd/ and http://www.ecoustics.com/electronics/forum/home-video/106487.html for more details.