I have the following equipment:
1. Philips 42PFL7403D Flat Panel TV
2. A HD Motorola Cable Box DCH3200 (from Cox)
3. Panasonic DVD Recorder DMR-EZ475V
I would like to record the HD channels (700 series from Cox) which I can get with 1 and 2 but I can only record up to channel 135.
What connections do I vae to use with what cables? All have HDMI and coaxial ports.
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Re: Recording HD channels
Well you would need to hook up cable box to dvd recorder. the only draw back first off is one you cannot get hd onto a dvd. you can down scale and it will seem a little cleaner than standard def but of coarse it will never be high def. I'm not to familiar with the motorola boxes but if they offer dvr's in your area i would suggestgetting one you can record all channels then afterwards transfer them to a outside device. but as i said before high def cannot fit onto a dvd unless you plan to copy one movie to 6-7 disc. Just keep in mind a standard high def channelcan only fit 2 max on one freq due to the amount of data transfer as opposed to 10 to 12 standard def digital channels
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Hi, This model has 4 HDMI inputs, do you get same problem in each HDMI input? Did you checked HDMI input with any other video source like dvd player or PS3 etc instead of cable box? Below are few helpful tips to connect HDMI input.. 1. Ensure that your HDMI cable is certified. 2. Press SOURCE on the remote control to switch to another source and then switch back to the HDMI source. 3. Reset the accessory device and the TV. • Turn on the TV • Select the HDMI channel • Turn on the accessory device 4. While the TV and the accessory device are powered on, unplug either end of the HDMI cable and then reinsert the cable. Try above options and if tv still does not show picture of any video source through HDMI then it seems problem of HDMI processor located on main board, visual check is needed by qualified tech or call Philips if tv is under warranty. Hope these info will help you. Thanks.
Yes, mostly all new displays are at least 720p which display a great picture ! However, coax cable is the worst possible cable you can use. Your best bet for HD from the cable box is to use component cable. These are the 3 RCA type colored cables, red, green and blue. You will also need another two RCA cables for the audio, which is usually red/black or red/white. If you have a surround sound receiver, then you will not need the 2 for audio to the TV. These 2 would goto the receiver or you can use a better digital coax or optical cable for audio.
Also, HDMI from the cable box to display is a more expensive cable which will give you HD but doesn't always look better then component on some HD cable boxes.
I finally found a fix to this! YAY. I thought I might have to return the TV. I have the Phillips 42PFL5603D, but should work for other models.
On the TV press menu
picture settings---picture---dynamic contrast (turn off) AND active control, turn off
If you have Comcast Moto box:
on the Cable box go menu--->setup--->cablebox set up---RF BYbass set to ON If you have a non-Comcast Moto Box, I'm sure there is an RF bypass setting in the menu. You'll just have to look for it. Another fix was close saying to only turn of the active control, but it took all 3 of these for it to work consistently. The latter let it work for all of 30 seconds.
Both the TV and the Cable box have Aspect(height/width) settings. You must confirme the setting on the cable box and then do the TV.
1. Set TV to Native, this should show image exactly as the cable box sends it.
2. change Aspect settings on the cable box until you get one that works
3. if you get a good one, then your OK. You will just need to find a setting between the 2 devices that work for you. Also, these settings may change automatically for the TV or cable box based on the channel
the TV is "automatically" HD. You probably have to turn to the HD channels (which sometimes require a subscription through the cable company. For example in my cable company there are 2 Fox stations, channel 10 with is NOT HD and then channel 810 whish IS HD