Dish comes with a pretty great range of DVRs of their own that can accommodate almost all the needs that you might have. These DVRs also allow you the feature to record all the favorite shows and programs that you might want and watch them at your leisure later. This is a truly great feature indeed and you can get access to tons of movies, record your favorite matches, and a lot more.
This all sounds fun and games until you face any issues with your DVR like it stops playing the recorded shows and you will be in a fix. This issue is not uncommon but you can relax as it can also be fixed up pretty easily. All you need to do is follow these troubleshooting tricks and it will all be fine again.
Dish DVR Not Playing Recorded Shows
1) Restart your DVR
The first and foremost thing that you need to do is restart your DVR set-top box and everything will be fine. There can be some sort of temporary error that can cause you to have the issue. All you need to do is turn the DVR off, and then turn it on again. Once the DVR restarts properly, you need to access the recorded shows and they will be accessible once again without any issues.
2) Reset the DVR
Now, sometimes the problem will persist and you will not be able to get rid of it that easily. If a restart has not worked for you, you will need to have it reset to default settings and that will do the trick for you. All you need to do is take off the power chord and let it sit for a minute or two. For most DVRs by Dish, the power chord has red markings on it so you can be sure you are pulling out the right cable.
Now, once you plug it back in, the DVR will automatically reset to the default settings. The process might take some time like 5-10 minutes so sit back patiently and let the reset process complete. Once the reset is done, your DVR will automatically restart once more and you will be able to access all the shows and content that you have recorded on your DVR without any issues at all.
3) Get your hard drive checked
There are some possibilities that your hard drive might be causing you to have this issue and you will need to figure it out properly. If you are using an external hard drive, you might have an error with the cable, so try replacing the cable or have it connected with some other PC and you can ensure that your hard disk is fine. A simple reconnect will also work and you can use it without having any issues.
Although, if the hard disk is fixed inside the DVR box, you might need to get a Dish Technician to look into it and he will be able to help you with the proper solution.