Preparing is the process of putting a mobile version of the recorded program onto your mobile device so you can watch it anywhere, without an Internet connection. This will take the same amount of time to complete as the program’s run time. (For example: A one-hour program will take at least 1 hour to prepare, plus additional time based on your network speed to download to your computer or mobile device.)
Once programs are prepared, they can be downloaded within in a few minutes (Note: downloads must take place in-home). By setting Auto Prepare to ON, the DVR will automatically process a mobile version of the recorded program so it’s ready for download when you are. The only downside of setting “Auto Prepare” to ON is that it can decrease your DVR capacity by up to 15%. However, downloading programs becomes significantly faster and easier when “Auto Prepare” is set to ON.