Comcast Motorola DCT6412 PVR Hack

Apparently there is a “30 second skip” command that is available to the Motorola DCT6412 III PVR. If you have this version of the Comcast brand (and other cable carriers, to be fair) you can use the following instructions to map the 30 second skip feature to a button.

  1. Make sure the PVR is on. Press and release the “Cable” button.
  2. Press and hold the “Setup” button. Release after the “Cable” button blinks twice.
  3. Using the number pad, type “994” and look for the “Cable” button to blink twice.
  4. Press and release the “Setup” button.
  5. Using the number pad, type “00173”.
  6. Press the button that you wish to have the FFW feature mapped to. I recommend a button that isn’t used normally. I used the “HD Zoom” button in the lower right corner.

The best part about this feature is that it’s not a fast forward feature. It indeed jumps forward 30 seconds immediately. It’s great. 🙂

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33 Responses to Comcast Motorola DCT6412 PVR Hack

  1. Ed says:

    Doesn’t seem to work on Cox Communication branded boxes.

  2. Byron Floyd says:


  3. Kyle says:

    it seems awsome but it did not work with my cogeco programming 🙁

  4. clauto says:

    awesome thanks dude, works great on shaw dct6412 III

  5. balthazar says:

    Nice feature AD, thx!

  6. Darrel says:

    Thanks!! Works GREAT with ComCast. Very simple to set-up, But very useful.

  7. Brian says:


  8. Ron says:

    Works with Cableone. Thanks!

  9. Scott says:

    Works Great with Insight Cable in Indiana

  10. Jim says:


    I did a dumb thing. I made the 9 key the trigger. How do you reset the remote to cancel the skip?


  11. tom says:

    Tried it by following the directions (stored to the “a” then the “#” key)and it didn’t work.

    I held the setup button longer instead of just pressing it once in the second step and now it randomly will swap between a recorded program and broadcasts when i press it (sometimes).

    I’m looking around for some other ways to control the box IE aftermarket controllers, or modified versions of the stock remote. If I find anything I’ll report back.

    Also I am gonna pick up a firewire card for connection to my P.C., as I want the ability to control my dvr through media center.

    Carrier – T.W.C._____ Box – DCT6412 III_____

  12. AxsDeny says:

    Tom, the directions are written for the Comcast receiver. I don’t know about any other company and how their machines are setup.

  13. tom says:

    The recievers are supposed to be identical. I got so many other things to mod that my cable box is kinda low on the list untill I get the firewire card.

    I run nothing in stock form if I can help it!!! I got an unlocked Blackberry 8800 – modded!!, a razr v3xx – modded!!, a Blackjack not modded (yet) at least a dozen game consoles and a pc to play with. Trust me guys if the box can be modded at all i’ll get to it soon!! is a forum that has alot of good info on hdtv equipment.

  14. William says:

    Anything for Motorola DCT2224/1662 for testing?

  15. Paul says:

    Tom, yes the receivers maybe identical, is the software?

    Comcast & Insight Indiana (now Comcast 🙁 ) both use TV Guide software for their DVR’s so that is why it works for those users.

  16. Solnze says:

    I think it works on any Motorola DVR. Excellent hack.

  17. Terry says:

    Thanks sooo much AxsDeny. This feature is great. I am Christian and some movies get relatively bad in areas. This feature helps get past those unwanted areas one wishes NOT to view. I think this should be a feature that is available in DVD players. Or a flag option to pause when certain language and nudity etc. can be skipped over. I know when they make these DVDs these days, they could add a more child and certain adults friendly disk that you could turn this feature off or on. I’m glad you have found this feature. It’s a God send.

  18. AxsDeny says:

    Perhaps you should just stick with G rated movies and television that is rated for All audiences.

  19. mapes says:

    You sir are the bomb.

  20. Ken says:

    Works with Time Warner DCH6416. Very cool. Thank you.

  21. Adam says:

    If you use a Universal remote, ie the Harmony 880, is there anyway to get the 30 jump from the Comcast remote over to the Harmony remote….?

  22. AxsDeny says:

    I’m not familiar with the Harmony, you’d need to look on Harmony forums for that sort of info.

  23. Rebekah says:

    i have the latest ComCast DVR HDTV box and i was wondering if you ever had trouble with the shows you’ve recorded skipping or like losing signal?? Also, if you know how to transfer shows i’ve recorded to tape?

  24. AxsDeny says:

    @Rebekah – Yes. It’s generally because of low quality coaxial cable or low quality line splicers. A technician can fix that for you. Re: copying to tape, there are many ways to copy to VHS. I can’t describe it in a blog comment though. Try googling for solutions.

  25. IL Comcast User says:

    Works on Comcast in Illinois with TDC577X Dual-Tuner DVR box. Fantastic!

  26. Nevis1 says:

    Works great on my box from Buckeye Cablesystem 🙂

  27. rlink says:

    Interesting. On my Comcast Motorola non-DVR HD box, it’s a 5-minite skip, not a 30-second skip.

    Here is a more detailed page describing other things you can program into your remote, including setting up macros!

  28. kiwik says:

    Works on my Insight DHC6416 thanks

  29. videoismylife says:

    It worked great on my Ohio Insight Communications Motorola DCT-6412 III – thanks much! Now if only I could find a hack for an external HDD I’d be a happy man…..

  30. johnnyp says:

    Beautiful. Thanks!

  31. dogonthetrack says:

    wonderful information…….thank you.

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