A video recorder compatible receiver for receiving video data from a video recorder such as a video tape recorder ("VTR"). The receiver includes an error concealment circuit, a digital VTR port adapted for coupling to a VTR and/or a tuner module. The receiver receives digital video data from the VTR by either the digital VTR port or the tuner module. VTR commands may also be received from a VTR. Upon receiving a VTR command indicating that the VTR is operating in trick play mode or upon detecting video data that is indicative of VTR trick play operation, the error concealment circuit of the receiver disables normal play error concealment and enables trick play error concealment. The error concealment circuit may perform temporal and spatial filtering on the video data received from the VTR when trick play error concealment is enabled.