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Connect panasonic dvr through converter box

I have a Panasonic DVR m/n DMR-E85H connected to an omnidirectional antenna. I am able to record easily using the over the air TVGuide. I have connected the antenna to the converter box input and its output to the DVR antenna input. I can watch programs with no problem and actually get more than before. My problem is that the TV Guide displayed when I navigate through the Direct Navigator function provided by the dvr does not show digital channels. Is there a way around this? Are there other solutions, such as a new dvr or a computer with some special equipment. It is essential to marital bliss that the Secretary Of War be able to record her shows with a minimum of effort.

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Bill Lamberson

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  • ggwade Nov 28, 2008

    I have the same problem that when I hook up my digital coverter box to the recorder since there is no digital tuner in the recorder I have to switch it to channel 3 and thereby the TV Guide functions of course won't work because the software tells it to go to channel 5 or whatever you set to record then you lose the signal? I'm guessing it would have to be a software upgrade from Panasonic? What's the odd's of that happening????

    Any help appreciated!

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    TRYING TO CONNECT A RF MODULATOR AND DIGITAL CONVERTER BOX AND DVR TO A TV, HOW??

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Dear sir i have panasonics dmr-e85h dvd recorder .
so i connect to emerson evc 1595 pal to ntsc to pal video convertor.and i convertor to pal video to ntsc video. but it colity is very bed. and picture is fickaring. so u solve my problems emidently.and some time dvdr- is not supprot to display.

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How do you re-tune the panasonic DMR E85H DVD Recorder. I have done exactly as it says in the manual and still it does not find any channels? Is it digital?


The tuner in the DMR-58H is a NTSC tuner (analog). Unless you have a low power station in your area, you will need a digital-to-analog converter box to record OTA stations. It can record analog cable without a box as well. (Digital cable will require a box.)

The manual for the DMR-E85H is available from Panasonic here: http://service.us.panasonic.com/OPERMANPDF/DMRE85H.pdf .

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells
(at least in my area there is only one station broadcasting an analog signal; it is a low-power transmitter and thus wasn't required to upgrade to digital with the rest of the stations.)

Mar 27, 2012 | Panasonic DMR-E85H DVD Recorder

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LOST MANUAL


Go to direct Navigator on remote or functions it will lead you into step by step directions for recording and programming the dvr remember you must hook up a digital tv tuner because the dvr is analog and will not record tv.

May 30, 2010 | Panasonic DMR-E85H DVD Recorder

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Connect dvd recorder to cable box and hdtv


I have posted a tip that should help you out with your problem follow the link below but there is one minor variation for connecting to your TV.

On step 3 of the connections section substitute the follow for your situation.

You will need 1 component cable (Red/Blue/Green/Red/White cable)

3) Connect the Green/Blue/Red connectors to the back of the DVR labeled "COMPONENT OUT" matching the colors. Connect the same ends to the input of the back of the TV again matching the colors.

4) Connect the last two connectors (Red/White) to the back of the DVR to the AUDIO IN on the TV.

Other than this variation all shoud be the same.

CLICK HERE for complete tip.

Good Luck...

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"Please wait" ... panasonic dmr-e85h seems frozen


Have you tried unplugging it for a couple of minutes?

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Unable to boot up dvr, stops with at error U99


Panasonic has a web site below where you can download drivers to a disc that can be used to update your dvr. It also has
the operationg instructions on PDF that you can download & print.

Hope this is helpful

http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-electronics/support/Video/DVD-Recorders-Players/DVD-Recorders/Operating-Instructions/model.DMR-E85HS.O#ts

May 22, 2009 | Panasonic DMR-E85H DVD Recorder

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Trying to make DVR work after 2-17-09


I have been able to record down converted HDTV shows on my Panasonic DMR-EH50 recorder directly to the unit's hard drive and/or directly to a blank DVD-R disc.

I do not know of any DTV converter box that can provide the proper codes to the Panasonic DMR-EH50 to allow recording and scheduling of shows using the unit's built in TV Guide menuing functions (the program recording codes are essentially VCR Plus codes in the USA and VCR Video codes in the UK, and this technology was previously owned by TV Guide/Gemstar but was purchased by Macrovision within the past couple of years.)

When the DMR-EH50 is hooked up to standard RG-59/U coaxial TV cable, the cable company provides the specific VCR Plus recording codes, as well as auto setting the time and date information required for the TV Guide recording schedule menus. The VCR Plus recording codes are sent via the cable company through the coaxial cable to the end consumer's recording device. Since Gemstar's VCR-Plus patents are now owned by Macrovision, I am not sure of how this works (or will work) for non-cable/non-satellite customers or if such codes will be made available by Macrovision to record shows when one receives HDTV signals (or down converted DTV signals) from an over-the-air antenna.

Though the DMR-EH50 recorder can only record at Standard Definition (SD) broadcast resolutions, I connect the DMR-EH50 to my High Definition TV using the three progressive scan YPBPR output cables and switch my HD-TV into the YPBPR mode when I want to watch shows from the DMR-EH50.

YPBPR are the analog video signals carried by three color coded component video cables. The green cable carries the Y signal; the blue cable carries the PB signal; and the red cable carries the PR signal. The added benefit of using the YPBPR hookup is that you can 'up convert' a standard DVD disc (non HD Blu-Ray disc) in progressive scan mode to somethin akin to 720p resolution using the DM-EH50 (or any other progressive scan DVD player) to get a better quality image on your HD-TV.

Visually speaking, the same appears to hold true for playback of programs recorded on the DMR-EH50's hard drive even though down converted via the DTV converter box, and when played back on an HD-TV using the YPBPR progressive scan cabling hookup.

I also been able to successfully record programs from the DTV converter box to the DMR-EH50 recorder in both 16:9 wide screen and 4:3 normal aspect ratios, but again only in Standard Definition quality.

For NTSC and PAL formats, the correct aspect ratios for any particular TV (the rectangular height and width of your output resolution for a TV screen) can usually be setup correctly for most any DTV converter box by going carefully through the menus on the converter box. Though the converted DTV often will yield 'better looking TV' than cable, it's certainly not high definition however, as the purpose of any DTV converter box is * not * to yield a High Definition digital TV signal but a lower quality Standard Definition signal for viewing on older SD-TVs.

We must remember that what is happening here is that (by NTSC USA standards), we are transcoding (i.e., down converting) an over the air 1920 x 1080p (progressive scan) High Definition digital broadcast signal, captured by your over the air antenna, back to a Standard Definition 720 x 480 resolution analog broadcast signal (the 720 x 480 resolution is a 4:3 aspect ratio.)

Hope this helps a little -

Greg Loveria
Conklin, NY USA

Jan 03, 2009 | Panasonic DMR-EH50 DVD Recorder

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