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Recording cable channels while warching other channels

Have cable come in and connected to cable box which then is connected sony dvd recorde/vcr; can't record one channel while watching another; what do I need to so do?

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To be able to watch one, record another, you have to split the cable when it comes into the house. Have one input go directly into the TV and the other into the Cable Box. Then hook the cable box to the DVD, then to the 2nd input of the TV. You will have to switch back & forth from your TV video inputs, rather than switching at either the DVD or Cable Box.

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