How to Hook up a Computer to DIRECTV

Things You'll Need

  • Subscription to DirecTV
  • Computer
  • Windows XP media center
  • DVD Express
  • Composite video cables
  • USB cord

If you've ever wanted to hook your computer up to DirecTV, you'll be happy to know that it can be done! Learn how to use your PC to watch all of your favorite movies and shows, legally and comfortably in your own home.

Plug the composite cables (red, yellow, and white) into the back of your DirecTV DVR. The color of each cable will correspond with the color on the DVR.

Connect the opposite end of your composite cables to the DVD Express converter box. Match the color of each cable to the color on the converter box. Plug them in, as indictated by color.

Plug a USB cord into the USB port on your DVD Express converter box.

Connect the opposite end of the USB cord into one of your computer's USB ports.

Restart your PC. Since your computer is now connected to the DirecTV DVR, you can watch DirecTV programming on your computer. Enjoy watching all of your favorite programs on your computer's monitor, instead of your television.


  • The video quality of your computer may not be of the best quality. The higher the quality of your computer's video card, the better your picture will look.


  • Do not attempt to capture video illegally. Illegal interception of satellite signals is prohibited by Federal law.

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