How to record TV programs on a Samsung TV


A special program is responsible for the video recording process in the TV set. It is part of the TV operating system and is called PVR (Personal Video Recorder) or HD Digital in some regions. The task of this program is to record a TV program via USB, a flash drive or HDD. This program also supports scheduled recording and delayed recording of TV programs.

Which programs can be recorded to an external storage medium.

There are restrictions for recording, you can record TV programs broadcasted on air, cable, satellite, but provided that these programs are broadcast without encoding. If encoding is used (for example, CI+ module is used), it is impossible to record such TV program.

It is also impossible to record video that you watch over HDMI from different sources. And it is impossible to record a TV program that you are watching on the Internet. All this is done to protect the video from copying.

Which TV sets support recording TV programs

Depending on the region or model of TV, TVs may not support this option.
But at the program level, TVs support recording:

Programs from digital channels can record all Samsung Smart TVs (if there is no limit by region).
Programs with analog channels can record Samsung Smart TVs produced since 2015. But again, depending on the region. Until 2015, was not enough CPU power to convert the analog signal to digital, so basically recording programs were not made.

How does recording programs on your Samsung TV work?

To protect against copying, each TV has its own individual algorithm of video recording. Therefore, before recording the TV must format the USB Flash or HDD USB external drive itself. For formatting XFS (C, D, E) or EXT4 (F) file system is used, this is NTFS format. After recording the video, you can only view the recorded video on the TV where you recorded it. It is not possible to view the recorded video on a computer or another TV (even one model).

How to enable recording of a TV program

The recording of the TV program is made as follows.

  • First you need to install a flash drive into the USB port of the TV.
  • Switch the TV to the channel you want to record.
  • If you have a remote control like Smart, press the button with colored dots,

  • Then select (more) until you get to the record menu. There you can enable the recording of the TV program.
  • If you don’t have a Smart remote control, you can use the standard remote control to enable recording via the menu item, schedule recording.

Problems when recording video in Samsung TV

What can happen when you include recording, there are cases when you can’t set up recording of TV programs. Everything is set up, but you can’t record video. You have recorded a video, but after a while you can’t watch it. Let’s look at the most common problems.

Video recording is not active in the menu.

If video recording is not active in the menu, it means that for some reason, this feature was disabled in the service menu for your region. You can fix it if you go to the service menu and enable video recording, it is a PVR or HDV menu item.

Flash memory does not pass the test

In Samsung TVs before recording, the TV can request a test. And very often you start the test and nothing happens. If you have this situation, the reason is as follows.

Video is streaming, but the TV has nowhere to write information because the built-in memory in the TV is not so much, usually 16 GB. If the flash drive does not have time to record, the memory cache will overflow in the TV, and it will eventually lead to a hang television. This situation can also occur when the TV has little internal memory left, delete unnecessary programs. The recommended speed for USB flash drives is 4.3Mbps write speed and 2.6Mbps read speed. This is the speed that USB 2.0 flash drives provide. However, you should keep in mind that as a rule write speed on the box with the flash drive indicates when writing a large file. And the TV writes not quite consistently, protective algorithm from copying slows down the flash drive, we recommend in case of problems with USB flash drive, try to write to a portable HDD they write faster.

Does not work recording programs, by time, in Samsung TVs

In some models of Samsung TVs there were problems with recording TV programs at a selected time. Some owners of Samsung televisions release 2017-2018, complained about the incorrect work of recording television programs by time. They programmed recording telegrams at a certain time, but the TV did not record TV programs. Samsung has solved this problem by releasing a software update for TVs.

Problem with watching recorded TV programs on your Samsung TV

You have recorded a TV program, but after a while you want to watch and alas you can’t do it. As Samsung says in some cases, but very rarely right holders can prohibit watching TV programs. How it works, Samsung works with the right holders of content, when recording a TV program is recorded the name of the program recording time, channel. When watching TV over a computer network to Samsung servers, and receives information whether this program can be shown.


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