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Vcr/dvd combo recording problems

I recently got a vcr/dvd combo unit and it is new. apparently this new one does not come with a tv tuner or a coaxial input so i simply can not record tv which is what i want to do. the book even says i need an external tuner to record tv broadcasts. what exactly is this ''external tuner''? is it a digital-to-analog converter box? i need help on what i need to buy and what connections i need to do. also on a side note, i get cable on my tv from the wire on the wall. after Feb 17. nothing has changed so i guess i already had digital tv meaning i dont need to get a converter box to watch tv? do i have to get a converter box JUST to record from my vcr with no tv tuner? I have a Toshiba DVD/VCR Combo Player with out a tuner. I want to record tv shows but im unable to do so b/c i need an external tuner. I have cable but not a box it just comes out of the wall. I need to know what do I need to do inorder to solve this problem. Do I need to take it back and get one with a tuner included or what?

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You can use a normal set top box, plugged into the AV inputs on the combo, you could even use a seperate VCR for this, as long as it's recieving the signal you want to record.

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I would need your exact model # to get very specific, but in general:
The "External tuner" will need to come from your TV or a cable/sat box, generally. If your TV has a Video OUT or a Monitor OUT (most television don't), you can hook a yellow AV/RCA video cable from the TV to the Magnavox. You will also need to hook a red/white audio cable from the Audio OUT of your TV to the Magnavox.

Your TV probably doesn't have a Video OUT, so you will need to buy a box. A digital cable box for your cable service would be the best investment. Alternatively, if you can find a digital-to-analog converter box (but these are iffy). Once you have one of these box types, you will need to hook a red, white, and yellow AV/RCA cable from the video/audio OUT of the box to an available video/audio in on your television.

Once your connections are correct, the general rule with tuner-less recorders is: If you can see the channel that you want to record on the television screen, then you will be able to record it.

One final note about Feb 17, 2009: Thanks to Congress, the digital transition date was moved to June 12, 2009 - many areas have already switched, but there is at least a chance that you are in an area that hasn't switched yet.

Let me know the exact model # of your television, and I can tell you if it has a video/monitor out - or, let me know what type of box you decide to buy.

Good luck!

-Tha Mp3 Doctor

Posted on Mar 20, 2009

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