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This model does not have a tuner so you will not be able to record off of tv unless you run your cable box or dish satellite's audio and video outputs through the dvd recorder's front or back inputs(L1 or L2) and record from those sources. Even then the cable box or satellite box would have to be tuned to the channel that you want to record. If you choose to do this you must go to your on screen menu and under setup/general settings/video/video input you will need to select the video input source(L1,rear or L2, front).
I am unfamiliar with this unit. If you have scart connecters on both, connect av2 on the tv to av in on the recorder. set the recorder to record from av source. You should now record a program, I think the static is the fact that composite is out from the dvd only, not an input, and in on the tv, not an output.
The Directv box should have at least two sets of out puts. You did not
say what receiver you have and if the dvd is a player only of a
recorder so its hard to say how to connect it.
If you have a dvd player only then take the output from the dvd player
and connect it to you tv's second input, HDMI or component or what ever
is a match between the two unites.
If you have a DVD-Recorder that you want to record programs from the
directv receiver then take the second output from the receiver and
connect it to the input on the DVD-Recorder and connect the output as
You would have to connect a red, white and yellow cable from the outputs of the DirecTV box to the section marked AV IN on the back of the Philips. Then change the channel on the Philips to E1. Press play on the DirecTV box, and press Record on the Philips.
ZNREL, I've done this with Dish Pro before. Setup the Dish remote to control the Mag combo in the VCR position. Press the SAT button and select the guide. Go to the program in the guide and select it. The "record this program" routine should pop up, set it up. Here's the key, make sure the Dish remote has the VCR button selected and that the remote is placed where it can "see" the Mag combo. At the set time, the Dish remote will change the DishPro to the proper channel and then issue s "record" command via infrared to the Mag combo to start recording. DishNet has all of the device codes to their remotes downloadable from their site.
Connect the "yellow, white , red) jacks from the Satellite to the same colored inputs on the DVD. If you use "Input 1", for instance, set the dvd to record on Input 1. Set Satellite to desired channel. Good to go.
Unfortunately, no. The tuner in your DVD recorder works differently than how your satellite receiver works. You *must* use the satellite receiver to select the active channel, and then send that channel to one of the inputs on your recorder. You can then record that channel. Unless your satellite receiver is has "dual tuners" in it, you are stuck watching the same channel that the DVD recorder is recording.
If your goal is primarily time-shifting of shows (as opposed to archiving shows forever to DVD), you might consider getting a different satellite receiver with a built-in DVR (hard disk recorder). These allow you to mark shows in advance, have them recorded to the hard drive, and then you can watch them whenever you want, skipping all the commercials. You also get the ability to pause and rewind live TV.