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

I just bought a new DVD/VCR combo to replace our old one that was dying. When we went to hook it up, we noticed there was no place to hook up our cable tv. The instructions talked about hooking it up to a TV tuner box. I e-mailed Toshiba tech support and they said that most DVD/VCRs manufactured in 2007 and later don't have built-in tuners and suggested I return it and trade up to a model that does have the tuner built-in or contact our cable company for a cable box. I had never heard of this, so it didn't occur to me to look for that particular feature, as we have always been able to hook up any VCR/DVD recorder we have owned to our cable. Unfortunately, the online company I bought it from has a no returns policy on that particular item - they will swap a damaged unit for one of the same model and that's it. I then contacted our cable company and they said in order to get the box we would have to upgrade our current service for an extra $10/month. Not wanting to spend the extra money on an ongoing basis, I went looking for one I could purchase outright for a one-time expense. I've check Wal-Mart, Radio Shack and googled every online store for a tuner box or a workaround/adapter with no luck.

Despite all the cool features this unit offers, the primary reason for buying it was to be able to tape our shows from our cable service when we aren't able to see them "live". Does anyone know if there is anything I can do short of buying another unit or upgrading our cable to gain this feature back that we have always had?

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  • kbarcenilla Nov 27, 2008

    Same problem - no tuner. I am wondering if the converter box that is advertised to help people who will need it when the conversion from analog to digital takes place in 2/09 would solve this problem.

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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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