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I have an older small TV and I want to hook up a VCR to it. The TV uses an antenna and has only one input for VHS.
The VCR is a Magnavox and has an in and out for an antenna, for video and for audio. I can hook up the antenna to the VCR, but not to the television. I don't have any other cables. What other cables do I need...how do I hook them up and is it even possible?
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