Does Samsung smart TV have built in DVR?

Answered by Cody Janus

Samsung smart TVs do not have built-in DVR functionality. However, they do have the capability to support DVR functionality through external devices. This means that you can connect a storage device, such as a USB drive or an external hard drive, to the USB port on your Samsung smart TV and use it as a DVR to record your favorite shows or movies.

To set up the DVR functionality on your Samsung smart TV, you will first need to check if your TV model supports this feature. You can refer to the user manual or visit the Samsung website to find this information. Once you have confirmed that your TV supports DVR functionality, you can proceed with the following steps:

1. Connect the storage device: Plug in your USB drive or external hard drive into the USB port on your Samsung smart TV. Make sure the storage device has enough capacity to store your recordings.

2. Format the storage device: Your TV may prompt you to format the storage device before using it as a DVR. Follow the on-screen instructions to format the device if required. Formatting will erase any existing data on the storage device, so make sure to back up any important files before proceeding.

3. Access the DVR features: Once the storage device is connected and formatted, you can access the DVR features on your Samsung smart TV. This can usually be done through the TV’s menu or settings. Look for options such as “Recordings,” “DVR,” or “Time Shift” to access the DVR functionality.

4. Recording and playback: With the DVR functionality enabled, you can now start recording your favorite shows or movies. Simply navigate to the program you want to record and select the record button or option. You may also have the ability to schedule recordings in advance.

5. Managing recordings: Your Samsung smart TV should provide options to manage your recordings. You can typically view a list of recorded programs, delete unwanted recordings, or organize them into folders for easy access.

It is important to note that the DVR capabilities of Samsung smart TVs may vary depending on the model and firmware version. Some models may offer more advanced features such as pausing live TV, rewinding or fast-forwarding recordings, or even streaming recorded content to other devices on your home network. Make sure to refer to the user manual or contact Samsung support for specific instructions and information related to your TV model.

In my personal experience, I have used the DVR functionality on my Samsung smart TV to record shows that I couldn’t watch live or wanted to save for later. It has been a convenient feature, especially when I had conflicting schedules or wanted to binge-watch a series at my own pace. The ability to connect a USB drive and use it as a DVR has provided me with the flexibility to enjoy my favorite content whenever I want.