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Recording one cable channel, watching another

We just hooked up cable to our RCA B27TF680 and can't figure out how to watch one channel while recording another. Any suggestions?

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Initialy this option is posible when we work with separate sets.

When the manufacture build-in a VCR into a TV or a TV to a VCR (applies too) we have a "clone" and funtions are share each other, so this clone only have one tuner and is not able to manage two signals at the same time.

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