Want to purchase a vcr/dvd recorder combo for our hdtv
We have a new flat panel 1080p tv and have Comcast cable hdtv . we have a cable box tuner thru our cable service. we want to record tv programs while watching another channel, download our camcorder to dvd and watch rental movies. can you help us choose - do we need a vcr/dvd with a tuner? progressive scan, upconversion? , etc. HELP! I have googled this until my eyes are crossed. Best Buy couldn't tell us which to purchase.
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Some HDTVs can output analog video and audio but if you say your HDTV does not, then you would have to use some other tuner/box/decoder/converter such as a cable box if you have cable TV service or a DTV converter box for over-the-air TV or a satellite box. The VCR would connect to the tuner/converter box and record analog video and audio using the RCA yellow video and white audio jacks. Standard VCRs cannot record high-def video except as down-converted analog video.
The VCR would then connect to the HDTVs inputs (yellow, white) for playback.
If your using digital cable it will only record channel 3 or 4 depending on what your cable box is set to...In order for it to record different channels it needs a cable source plugged directly into it. You will only be able to record standard cable channels 1-125. If it's digital cable forget about... you can only record it with channel 3/4 a solution to this would be using a 2nd digital box.. "auto-programming" may be limited even with a 2nd cable box. If your only using standard cable 1-125... you can use the TV/VCR button it will switch between the tuner of the TV & VCR allowing you to record while you watch a different show... keep in mind this won't work for digital channels which if I'm not mistaken comcast has already converted all channels to digital even basic.
First you must connect the antena cable on JVC dvd/vcr ant in and from ant out of jvc connect to TV ant in. Then you must find TV programs on JVC.After that you can record a program and watch another. Be careful you record the program which you find on your JVC.
If it has a scart, you can get a scart lead to connect it to your TV. You would need to set the VCR to the Scart socket, IE: AV1 etc.. to record. You wouldn't be able to change channel on the TV, to watch another channel while recording though. If you had a set-top box, you could connect that up to the scart of the video then record, while you watched another channel on your TV.
Hard to believe you do not have any "F" connectors on the VCR/DVD. What brand is this? You should have inputs and outputs for separate composite and audio. Using phono cords with male ends you should be able to go to and from your television for recording and watching. It will mean alot of changing to go from one mode to the other but should be doable provided your tv has composite in/out. Your owners manual should show a diagram to hook the unit up this way. If you get stuck email me and I'll try to walk you through it. Give me as much info as you can on inputs and outputs. Let me know.
A DTV converter box will take digital broadcast signals from the antenna and convert them to a format compatible with the VCR. You will be able to record programs received through the DTV box on your VCR if you could record analog over-the-air programs before the digital changeover. You can use either the RF output or the component output from the DTV box to input to the VCR.
Try this..Run cable line into VCR in, cable from VCR out to box, then cable from box to TV..this might work...I have done this for YEARS and it is never failed. You can then watch and record 2 things at once.
I'm not sure if you can do this using the timer recording, BUT....if you use the AV plugs (the ones with the red, white and yellow plugs) to connect the VCR to the TV, you can tape what is actually on the TV at that time.....you are using the TV tuner and just taping that on the VCR. As I said, I'm not sure if this works with timer recordings.....maybe if you leave the TV set on the proper channel? Try it and see if it works.