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Picture not clear when playing a recorded program from dvd

Just hooked up my converter box according to instructions provided. the only thing wrong is that when i record a program on a dvd, the play back picture is snowy beyond recongnition. I've tried all kinds of different connections to no avail. whwt am I missing?

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  • goinhome Jan 07, 2009

    Thanks for your info, however I' 'm still in square one. Cable hook up was and is as you stated. I only want to record a channel when I'm gone, so I put my tv on channel 8 which is the channel I want to record. when I bring up my screen to select the time and channel I am not able to select 3, the lowest I can go is 6, one of my regulag channels. below that I get AV1 and AV2. I am presently on hold as I have sent an e mail to Insignia and am waiting for a response from them.

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I had a similar problem with an Insignia converter box. This is confusing but . . . I was told by an Insignia person that you can only program the channel that you have on and cannot record a different channel. My output channel is 3. My roof antenna is attached to my converter box "From Antenna" jack. Attach the converter's "To TV (RF)" jack to your VCR's "Antenna Input" jack. Attach "Antenna Output" jack to TV "Antenna Input". You will see your programs on your output channel, but if your VCR is like mine, your VCR may not recognize anything but your output channel, no matter which station is actually showing on the TV. If I want to record a show on channel 7 while I'm gone, I have to make sure the converter station is on 7 and that I choose channel 3 as my channel to record. You cannot program shows to be taped on different stations unless you physically change it on the converter box. I put my VCR on "Record" and flipped the stations from one to the next from my converter remote control and I taped exactly what was on the screen from one station to the next. You cannot tape one thing and watch another. Clear as mud??? Hopefully, not.

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