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Can't recorder digital broadcast

Now that our tv stations are broadcasting digitally, we can't program vcr to record since the channels have a "-" ex. 9-1, etc.

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  • lwbergin Mar 03, 2009

    So how do you know if the vcr/dvd is analog or digital? Will this be stated anywhere in the specs?

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Unfortunately the VCR/DVD combos only have NTSC tuners inside. This means that they will work fine for Cable or Satellite but not for the new digital over air broadcasts (ATSC). You can either record using an AV output from your TV (Red/White/Yel) or purchase a converter box and record over channel 3 or 4 using the converter to select the digital broadcast station.

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Hi,if your vcr is an analog machine then you will not get a signal.If you have a seperate digital box then you can connect this via a scart lead to av2 on the vcr.Best thing though is to buy a digital dvd recorder.hope this is of some help.jamie

Posted on Mar 02, 2009

  • Jamie Andrew Knights Mar 03, 2009

    Hi again,if the machine is digital it will have a logo on front DVB.How old is the machine?

    jamie

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