Connecting some satellite providers' satellite television receivers to the Internet supplies access to on-demand movies and television programming that's not available simply through the satellite service. If you have a compatible high definition digital video recorder with Ethernet jack, you can install an Internet connection to it via your home Internet router.
Contact your satellite television provider and verify that your DVR is compatible with Internet and that your home Internet connection uses broadband, rather than the slower dial-up solutions. You may have to order a new DVR receiver and there may be a charge for it.
Determine whether your television gear is within wired range of the Internet router, or whether you need a wireless application. In the case of DirecTV, check the bill and see if you have a service called "Whole-home DVR Service." Choose the self-installed connection kit if you need a wired or wireless connection and you have "Whole-home DVR Service." If you do not need wireless, and do not have "Whole-home DVR Service, " you can self-install with only an Ethernet cable.
Order the on-demand service package and the kit, or purchase an Ethernet cable. To self-install with an Ethernet cable, connect one end to the DVR's Ethernet jack, and one end to the router. On a DirecTV DVR, you would then choose "System Setup" and then "Network Setup." Your provider may be a bit different. Select "Connect Now" and the DVR will start the network connection process. When the connection has completed, wait up to a day for the new services to start.