How to Connect Roku to DVD Recorder?

Roku is today’s smartest way to watch television. It also allows you to connect your TV to a gaming unit, VCR, DVD player or convert it into a DVR itself.

While you can stream Netflix and Amazon Prime shows on Roku, what if you get a chance to record them to view later.

Now that sounds interesting, right?

You can connect your DVD Recorder to Roku and record your favorite shows, so that you can watch them later as and when you want.

It is one of the best options for people who cannot catch up with live TV.

So today we are going to share the simple steps that will help you connect Roku to DVD Recorder.

Also, if you do not have a separate reorder, then check out an easy way to convert Roku to a DVR aka Digital Video Recorder.

So let’s get started.

How to Connect Roku to a DVD Recorder?

You can easily connect your DVD, VCR, or DVD Recorder to your Roku set.

But before we start, make sure your TV set, Roku streaming box, and DVD Recorder have RCA ports.

While the older versions of Roku streaming boxes do not have the option of RCA outputs, a direct connection won’t work. In such a case you will require an HDMI to RCA converter.

So here is a checklist of all the devices and cables that you will require.

  • Roku Streaming Box
  • Smart TV
  • DVD Recorder
  • Two RCA Cable
  • Blank Recordable Disc

Once you have all the items on the above list, you can start with the process.

Step 1- Firstly, make sure both the TV and your DVD player are not plugged into the power socket. You can use a splitter to ensure a power supply to your TV and Roku box from a single power source.

Step 2- Connect the two splitter power output leads to the TV set and your set-top box respectively.

Step 3- Now using one of the RCA cables connect your Roku box to the DVD Recorder.

Connect your Roku box to the DVD Recorder

An RCA cable has three cables of different colors- yellow, green, and red. Similarly, there are three different ports in your device. So make sure you insert the cables according to the color.

Step 4- Next, connect your DVD Recorder to the Television set using another set of RCA cable.

Step 5- Now switch on the power supply to all the devices.

And voila. You have successfully connected Roku to DVD Recorder. Now comes the part where you start recording.

Step 6- Using your DVD Recorder remote change the record mode options in the settings to XP mode.

This mode ensures the ultimate quality of the recording. However, if you want to fit more content on the disc, then you can choose lower quality as well.

Step 7- Now you can start playing your local channels or live TV. Whenever you want, just press the record button on your DVD recorder and it will start recording.

Step 8- Then when you are at the end of your recording press the Stop button.

That’s it. In a few minutes, the recording will be saved on your disc.

In some recorders, you need to finalize what you have recorded. And so press the Setup button and open the DVD Menu.

DVD menu

Click on Finalize and you can now play your recording whenever you want.

Click on Finalize

Note– Recording copyright content is not legal. And so we would suggest you be careful while recording.

How to Turn your Roku into a DVR?

Yeah, you read that right. You can actually convert your Roku into a Digital Video Recorder. Without any separate DVD Recorder, you can record all the live TV and local channels easily.

So for this, you will require the following devices-

  • Roku Streaming Box
  • ITV USB Stick
  • Smart TV
  • Nowhere DVR Channel

Step 1- Go to the website. Scroll down to find the Nowhere Dev Channel.

Nowhere Dev Channel

Step 2- Click on it. A new window will open, click on Yes, Add Channel. If you have already logged in, then the channel will be added directly. Else you will have to login first.

Add channel to Roku

Step 3- When you access the Nowhere channel on your TV, it will give you two options. One you can access live TV and the other is you can watch your recordings.

Choose live TV

Step 4- Choose live TV and then select the local channel that you want to watch.

Select the local channel

The channel will take a little time to load as you are streaming it over the local network.

Also, the signals are being converted, so the streams can also be downgraded a little bit.

Kodi retrieving the information

Step 5- The channel can take a few minutes to retrieve the information and start with live TV. However, once it starts you can pause it and play it as you want. And so can you record it.

One of the amazing features of the DVR channel is the recordings section. All your recordings are saved here and so you can watch them whenever you want.

Note- It is a third-party hack and so doesn’t ensure HD picture quality. But still, it adds some functionality to your Roku box.


Roku is a little box full of surprises and amazing functions.

You can easily connect Roku to a DVD Recorder and record your favorite shows or movie.

Sometimes, the recorder stops recording the content and you see a red dot blinking at the bottom left corner of the screen.

This is because you do not have permission to record what you are watching on your TV.

And so be careful that you are not recording content that has copyright.

We hope you will be able to make the right connections to and from your DVD Recorder and TV. If you face any issues, then let us know in the comment section.

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