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Old VCR with NTSC tuner

Once the switchover to digital takes place, will my current connection (coax from the wall - no settop box) directly into the VCR work or do I have to get a converter box?

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  • jason May 11, 2010

    is it basic cable or just an antenna? cable -- you don't need the digital box , if it is just an antenna then yes you will need the digital converter box , the vcr does not pick up the digital signals

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Is the coax cable tv? if yes then no you will not
if it is just an antenna , then yes you will need the converter box

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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
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    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
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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 to connect and record on a VCR when you have a Digital Cable Box.


Do you want to still be able to use that trusty ol' VCR to be able to record your TV shows but can't seem to do so now that you have gotten a Cable Box?
Well here are some simple tips on how to connect all the components and not compromise the quality of the incoming signal of the cable signal feed.

First here are the cables you will need.
3 sections of Coax cable (preferably RG-6 quality)

or

2 sections of Coax cable (preferably RG-6 quality)
1 RCA cable (Yellow/Red/White)

Now here is how you will need to hook up the cables properly.
1) Connect one Coax cable to the incoming cable signal feed. Usually a screw on connector on the wall or line coming up through the floor.
Now connect the other end of this cable to the "Cable in" or "Input" located on the Cable box.

2) Now, connect one end of another Coax Cable to the "TO TV" or "OUTPUT" on the back of the Cable Box. Now connect the other end of this cable to the "CABLE/ANT IN" or "INPUT" connection on the back of the VCR.

3) Now, connect the last coax line from the "TO TV" or "OUTPUT" on the back of the VCR. Now connect the other end of this cable to the "Cable IN" on the back of the TV.

***** ALTERNATIVE OPTION FOR THIS FINAL CONNECTION******

Using the RCA cable connect to the "VIDEO OUT" RCA connections on the back of the VCR and connect the other end of this cable to the "VIDEO IN" on the back of the TV.

Now this is how you will need to set your VCR and Cable box to make your recording.

1) Tune your VCR to Channel 3 or set your timer to record Channel 3. (The actual channel you are going to be recording is controlled by the Cable Box)

2) Tune your cable box to the channel you wish to record.
*** Note: Some cable boxes have an auto tune feature that will tune your cable box to a channel while you gone. Contact your cable provider to see if this is available on the model that you have***


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I don't think the VCR has a digital tunner so you will need a second box for that unless the box to your TV has a twin digital tunners. If the switchover has taken place in your area the VCR will not have a picture to record. Without knowing how you have all 3 connected I can't tell you much more.

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