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Recording from Sky

My mother (83!) has just had Sky FreeSat installed. She has a Sanyo VCR and wants to know if she can record satellite programmes in addition to the usual 5 terrestrial channals. For example, to record something on BBC2, she would set the channel selector on the VCR to 2, press record and bobs-your-uncle. However, if she wants to record a programme on, say, channel 543 how can she do this?
If this is not going to be possible, would her problem be solved by changing to a DVD player instead?

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  • Boolagh Sep 09, 2008

    Unfortunately, she can't afford Sky Plus. The VCR works fine recording from channels 1-5 but only accepts two digit channel codes so how can she record from three digit referenced channel?

  • Boolagh Sep 09, 2008

    Unfortunately, she can't afford Sky Plus. The VCR works fine recording from channels 1-5 but only accepts two digit channel codes so how can she record from three digit referenced channel?

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You need to connect the satellite box directly to the VCR and record

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Yes she ca record sat programmes on the VCR, all she need to do is connect video in into the VCR from sat box, or leave TV on while recoding, depending on the wiring settings.

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    Ginko Sep 09, 2008

    The best option for recording from satellite, is asking sky the skybox with internal hard drive.

    In this way you do not use tapes or CD, but you record straight onto your Sky box Hard disk.

    To record on VCR you need to have following connection:

    From Sky box output >> VCR input
    From VCR >> TV input or scart


    If you use scart to connect VCR to TV, you can also record without connecting Sat to VCR.

    To get more details you can let me know what cables you use, how you plan to connect device, and post the models of Sat box, VCR and TV.


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    Ginko Sep 09, 2008

    You do not need two channels codes on VCR, VCR cannot be programmed on sat channels,
    all you do is connecting the sat box output to VCR, and VCR will see the SAT box as input, or line 1, or AV1, or external, or something similar, depending on the model.
    You cannot program VCR on sat channel, you will need to leave sat box on the channel you want to record, it will be the same on a DVD RW.


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    Ginko Sep 09, 2008

    Additionally, to make things clears, you can play VCR and DVD RW on tv channels 1-5 (in UK) because this devices have a built in TV receiver that can get regular tv aerial channels.
    Obviously VCR and DVD RW do not have a built in SAT receiver, therefore you cannot program recordings on channels from sat.
    You can only record from the channel that is currently been received on Sat, you can even use VCR timer, but you cannot store Sat channels into VCR.


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