Learn how to troubleshoot the DVR Service Unavailable error on your PVR. When a Digital Box is unable to detect a hard drive to which it can store a recording, the screen will display the following message: DVR Service is not available or is currently disabled when the LIST button is pressed or when the PVR Recordings option in the menu is selected.
Reset your Digital Box
Before proceeding, you will need to determine if your PVR has an Expander attached to it. Please refer to Shaw PVR Expander Guide for more information about the Expander.
Resetting a Digital Box with an Expander: To reset your Expander and Digital Box, please see instructions on how to correctly perform the reset here: Reset a Digital Box with an Expander
Digital Box with an Internal Hard Drive, no Expander connected: If you do not have an Expander connected to your Digital Box and your Digital Box has an internal hard drive, you will need to reset your Digital Box. See instructions on how to correctly perform the reset here: Resetting Your Digital Box
Did you know: The DVR Service Unavailable message will always appear for the first 1 to 2 minutes after the Digital Box has been unplugged (power cycled) or reset. This is a normal message and should clear itself shortly. If it does not, please proceed to the section below for steps to resolve the issue.
Reseating the coax connection
Reseating your coax cable simply means to remove it and replace it. Reseat the coaxial cable connections by performing the following steps:
Unplug the power from the Digital Box
Unscrew both ends of the coaxial cable (from the back of the Digital Box as well as the other end of the cable, at the wall outlet.)
Caution: if there is a splitter connected between the Digital Box and the wall outlet, ensure that there isn’t a phone or internet modem sharing the splitter, or else the phone connection or internet connection will be interrupted
Screw both ends of the coaxial cable back in
Reconnect the power cable to the Digital Box
Wait 5-10 minutes for functionality to be restored
Press PAUSE while watching any channel. If the program you are currently watching pauses, then the PVR functionality has been successfully restored. Press the PLAY button to resume playback from the point at which you pressed Pause, or, press the LIVE button to resume watching television in real-time. Your list of recordings should appear in a few minutes as the Interactive Guide is restored gradually—you can test this by pressing the LIST button.
Common causes and symptoms
Here are some answers to common causes resulting in the DVR Service Unavailable message:
The error message DVR Service Unavailable may appear for a number of reasons:
Power was unplugged to either the Expander (external hard drive) or the Digital Box while a recording was in progress
The eSATA connection between the Expander and the Digital Box is loose or has become disconnected