Want to continue to record on my VCR after digital hookup
I have an antenna on my roof and have an analog tv and analog dvd/vcr. I still record many programs on multiple channels on my vcr. I hope to buy a new tv and dvr in the spring. Until then:
I purchased both and RCA digital converter box (DTA800B1) and then the DishTV Pal Plus digital recorder which is supposed to allow users to watch one station on tv while recording multiple stations on a vcr after hookup.
Problem is, I cannot figure out how to make this work. I bought a splitter and I followed instructions from www.fcc.gove/cgb/consumerfacts/converterbox_fcr.html for Set-up #2: "Watch One Channel while Recording a Different Channel." I used the RCA converter box for my tv and the DishTV Pal Plus for my vcr. I was able to set up "Box A" (RCA) to get my tv channels.
After set up of Box A, the instructions fro www.fcc.gov stated "Set your tv to "audio/video in" and tune your VCR to channel 3 or 4 (follow the instructions in the converter box manual) to set up Converter Box "B." Using the remote that came with Converter Box "B," follow the on-screen set-up guide to scan for available DTV channels."
After 2.5 hours of trying, I could not figure out how to set up "Box B," the DishTV PalPlus. I could not figure out how to get to "audio/video in" or tune my vcr to channel 3. I finally gave up and went back to my analog hookup for now. Manuals were not helpful.
My tv does not have a 3/4 switch on the back, nor does my vcr. Channel 3 or 4 can be selected on the vcr through the setup menu. The RCA digital converter has a 3/4 switch, but the DishTv Pal Plus does not.
3 is not a station in the Baltimore area, but 4 is a Washington, DC station that I can receive by turning my antenna. In fact, Box A picked up Channel 4.1 and 4.2.
Can anyone help with 1) a diagram for hooking all of this up, and 2) afterward, how to make my tv and vcr "talk" to each other.
Re: Want to continue to record on my VCR after digital...
You have to use the RCA plugs on the back of the converter box and the tv (red,yellow and white). Or you can attach the antenna wire to box and then attach the wire that comes with the converter that is listed as to the tv and instead attach it to the antenna in on the vcr. The converter box will determine which channel your vcr will get a singal to record from. Your VCR for every program will be set to channel 3 or 4 (depending on what your converter box is set to broadcast on). Make sure the power saver on the converter box is turned off as if you want to record a program in say 4 hours, if the converter box turns off in 2, your vcr will have nothing to record.
I ran seperate coaxible cable to the tv from vcr and unplug the tv converter box everytime I want to watch the vcr. You can also use the RCA cord to send the signal from the vcr to the tv and use the input signal to watch your recorded programs. I had static showing up everytime I played it through the second converter box thus I solved it by running a seperate coax line. I don't know if you will have this problem, just wanted you to be aware.
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Cable from wall to "cable in" on converter box.
"Cable out" from converter box to "cable in"on vcr. "Cable out" from VCR to TV "Cable IN" DVD should be hooked to VCR by way of Composite cables Red,Left, Yellow, Video White Right. There you go! THanks, Dana
The output connection from the VCR/DVD needs to be different for the new digital TV. Instead of using the RF output from the VCR, use the video and audio outputs and connect them to the video and audio inputs on the digital TV. When you want to watch the VCR, select "video in" on the TV.
The digital converter box should be hooked to the input of the VCR so you can record programs off-air.
to get the vcr to record the box you will need to either plug the box audio / video output jacks into the vcr audio / video input and antenna to tv OR plug RF antenna out of box to antenna in on the vcr and vcr antenna out to tv( or the video/audio out jacks on vcr to tv )
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.
Connect your rabbit ears to the Insignia. Connect the Insignia to the antenna input on the "cvd/vcr combo". Now turn on the television to show the "cvd/vcr combo".
The Insignia simply goes between your antenna and your television. In your case you also have a vcr so if you want the VCR to be able to play and record digital stations you will need the Insignia between the vcr and the antenna.
Yes you can first connect the converter box to the antenna first. Next hook the tv out on converter box to vcr in on vcr. Next hook the vcr out to the tv in and watch vcr and converter box on channel 3 sometimes channel 4.on the actual tv and of course change channels with converter box remote. For dvd player hook it straight to tv with red,white,and yellow cables that come with your dvd player. Then to watch dvd player if it's hooked up that way you have to put your tv on a input like video 1 or input 1. This can be done by using the tv remote and looking for a button that says tv/video or input or source button. This is some common names for that button on tv remotes.
Right, you don't have to plug DVD/VCR to box, just straight to TV to operate. If you wanted to record hdtv programs from the box to the vcr or a dvd recorder then connect box to vcr/dvd recorder to TV.
Here is my setup.
1) Separate DVD player
2) Separate VCR
3) Digital to Analog Converter box
4) Analog TV
5) Rabbit ears (UHF/VHF) antenna
The antenna goes into the converter box.
The RF-output of the converter goes into the RF-Input of the VCR
The DVD output goes into the front input jacks of the VCR
The VCR RF-output goes into the TV RF-Input
The VCR Line output goes into the front of the TV
To watch DVDs, we turn on the DVD player, turn on the VCR, and set the VCR channel to L2, and tune the TV to channel 3. The converter is off.
To auto record on the VCR, the converter must be tuned to the station being recorded. The converted must be turned on, the TV can be off.
To watch VCR tapes, turn the TV and VCR on. The TV is set to channel 3. Just press play on the VCR.
To Watch TV. Turn the TV and converter on. The TV is set to channel 3. Change the stations using the converter.