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External Tuner Device for VCR/DVD player

How do I find an external tuner device so that I can copy from my TV to VCR tapes? Manual says that is what I need.

I can play VCR tapes and DVDs.

Philips Digital Video Disc Player & Video Cassette Recorder
Model # DVP3345V/17

cr2003@bellsouth.net

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Just pick up an old used VCR that has a tuner built in. Only the very new ones don't have them (due to the DTV switch coming up in February).

Posted on Sep 09, 2008

  • cosgrcos Aug 14, 2011

    (sorry about the spelling) the older vcr's are not digitally compatible, you can get ch 6, but not ch 6.2 (in my expeirence)










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You can hook up a converter box to your old VCR. You won't be able to program but you can record. If you want to program you can use one of the newer recorders that doesn't have a tuner and use the old vcr and converter as a tuner.

Posted on Oct 11, 2010

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TV/VCR Recording of TV Programs Using a Digital Converter Box


Hi Rick
I think you are painting yourself into a corner. So to Speak.
Why buy a SetTop Box to convert to an old VHS Tape when you can buy a Digital Recorder for probably the same price.
The modern way to Record video is to use a Hard Disk Drive Recorder rather than a VCR. They have a built in tuner and can record 2 stations at once and have a built in Electronic Program Guide. The EPG info is transmitted with the Digital TV transmission from the broadcaster.
I bought one 2 weeks ago for an old 85yo friend so he could record late night stuff and play back later. He still uses the VCR but only for old VHS Tape playback. It was a TEAC HDR9650TS Digital Video Recorder and I picked it up new for Aus$188.
Here are the unit features
  1. Main Features:
    DVB-T Twin Digital Turners
    DVR Recording: Record three channels while watching a 4th from same network Smart Series Record feature to record a whole series at a touch of a button
    2.5" Sata Hard disk: 500GB
    Time Shift Function (Pause live TV)
    HDMI Digital Output
    Digital Audio Output
    CVBS/YPbPr/SPDIF connectors
    Supports TV formats 4:3 and 16:9
    Electronic Program Guide (EPG) up to 7 days in advance
    EPG searching and auto download
    Recorded program edit
    Parental Control
    Copy files from internal HDD to external HDD
    Built-in WiFi
    Network Playback
    USB 2.0 Interface


Now
This was my original reply until I saw the light.

So, Hopefully one of these will answer your queerie.

A digital TV picks up the new Digital Transmission and stores it in memory, then supplies the high definition to the input of your TV.
With a STB, once the digital broadcast signal is captured by the Set Top Box tuner, it is stored in memory and then it is converted to Video Format and comes out of the back connectors as a standard video & audio signal on the Red & White (Audio) & Yellow (Video) as a composite signal that can also be attached to an older VCR tape recorder.
If the STB output connectors have a Red White & Yellow RCA plugs then it is all ready to be picked up by an older TV or VCR.
Most set top boxes also have HDMI Output for high definition video & sound in the one cable, which attaches directly to the back of your TV (assuming it doesn't already have a tuner (STB) already built in).
HDMI is the state of the art cabling for modern devices. But probably not on the old VCR.
It will either use Component, Composite or SVideo cables. Match one of these cable standards up with your VCR.
Cheers.... Trevor
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How do I connect my Sansui 6010B VCR with an analog TV and a DTV tuner?


two ways of connecting VCR with Analog TV with DTV tuner.
DTV tuner (RF) output to VCR (RF) input,VCR (RF) output to analog TV (RF) input.
turn DTV tuner on (VCR should have a TV\VCR switch that makes signal coming from tuner BYPASS VHS right into TV) note:: change channel FROM tuner.You should be able to record by placing a blank tape and pressing RECORD.
2ND. DTV tuner, VCR, should have a RCA in\out connections...Audio & video.You need a RF\RCA bypass switch. It has a INput with RCA connections to a RF signal out that goes to the RF Input of analog TV

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I HAVE A mATSUI vcr Vx1105 but cannot tune it how do I do this


Do you mean that you can't receive any channels with the built-in tuner? In that case, the problem is that the tuner is analog and most stations world-wide are broadcasting in digital. You will need the appropriate digital-to-analog converter (set-top box with tuner). These directions assume OTA signal and an appropriate antenna. If you have cable, check your output and the specs of the cable tuner versus that of the VCR. Most VCRs can only tune in signals that come in over the RF input (coax). If the tuners aren't compatible, you can still record.

In any case, when you use a set top box, set the VCR to the appropriate input channel. (On some VCRs this was Line In or channel 3 or 4 but check your manual. I know the RF output to the TV had to be between 53 and 67. The documentation for the input isn't something I remember for this model.)

If you mean that you can't get tapes to play correctly, try cleaning the VCR. (You can either use a cleaning tape or isopropyl alcohol on cotton swabs after opening the cover to the VCR). Next you may need to adjust the tracking of the head. See your manual - there are buttons to adjust the tracking on the original remote.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

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NEW Samsung LEd TV does not recognized older Toshiba VCR in sourc


Hello callkaren2,
Electronics are so much fun arent they?
The TV does not need to recognize the VCR at all. All it is looking for is a plain Composite video signal from any device - VCR or DVD.
If you are just playing a tape and not using the VCR as a Tuner, then it doesnt matter if the VCR is on Chl 3 or 4.

Do this - play a tape, test the Yellow connector to a regular TV to verify the signal is coming down the cable. Then, try it again on another Video/Yellow input on your LED unit. Have a great day!
Cheers

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Do they make a DVD/VHS Combo with a built in decoder that will connect to my Analog TV using only a coaxil cable?


99.99% of the combo units that have a tuner inside have been phased out.
You do need an external tuner to get cable through to the combo unit. The only combo units that I have seen that has a tuner in it already and hooks up to the coax is one that is a vhs/dvd RECORDER and not just a vhs/dvd PLAYER. You pay extra for the built in tuner and also for the dvd recording features.

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Have digital TV have 3 yr old sony VHS VCR DVD player combo


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My new Toshiba DVD/VCR Combo has no built-in tuner


I'm not sure if you can do this using the timer recording, BUT....if you use the AV plugs (the ones with the red, white and yellow plugs) to connect the VCR to the TV, you can tape what is actually on the TV at that time.....you are using the TV tuner and just taping that on the VCR. As I said, I'm not sure if this works with timer recordings.....maybe if you leave the TV set on the proper channel? Try it and see if it works.

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Can tune mitsubishi HS-651V video player/recorder to watch TV.


Hi Jaco, Have you fed in your Antenna / cable into the Rear of the VCR? And if your VCR has a Input selection switch, just check input to Tuner. You will get Blue screen if input selction is not Tuner but Camera / External source. If this does not solve your problem, then there is no Input selection happening.

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VCR DOES NOT WORK WITH NEW CABLE BOX


If you can get some of the stations without the box (often the case for those who subscribe to digital cable or movie channels), then one setup is to split the raw cable and feed the box and the TV, then have the box feed the VCR and hook up the VCR composite video and line level audio outputs to the TV. The VCR tuner would always be set to the VHF frequency your cable box RF output is on, usually ch. 2, 3 or 4. This setup allows PIP to work, with the TV tuner limited to unscrambled analog stations, and it also allows you to tape anything coming through the box, while watching unscrambled analog stations on the TV. However, it requires the VCR to be on and the TV set to the external video input to simply watch what is coming through the cable box. There are other ways to set this up with more flexibility using splitters and A/B switches, or you can look for a special switch box that handles the job. The above assumes your TV has composite video and line level audio inputs. The only way to have full flexibility to watch any scrambled or unscrambled station at the same time as taping a scrambled station is to have 2 cable boxes. The only way to have your VCR control the cable box and record different programs by switching the box by itself is to have a VCR with a cable box controller, also known as a cable "mouse". Hope this helps

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