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Loss of VCR Channels due to Digital Switchover

With the switch to digital only last week, my VCR can no longer record digital channels. Only channels up to 34. I record up to 4 shows on different channels when I'm away, or record one while I'm watching another. Comcast says too bad, that's the way it is now. Their only solution is to "rent" a DVR at $15.99 a month, or get TIVO. Is there such an animal as a VCR player/recorder that is digital that would record digital channels from cable?

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  • joellevossbr Jun 18, 2009

    Thanks much. That works fine with my second TV, and I can record one program on one channel as long as I set the cable box to that program (but only one channel and can't watch another while recording). With my primary TV, I can now only record programs on Channels up through 34 in the usual way, but nothing higher. I already have a digital cable box for that tv and the VCR is connected by cable separately to the tv. If I put that on another cable box, the same problem will occur. My goal is to program recordings on different channels, different dates ahead of time before I travel. Thus, my search for a digital VCR (not a Comcast DVR or TIVO). Sounds like a market waiting for a product.

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Comcast is full of it.

If you have a cable box, plug the box directly into the cable feed, then place the VCR inline between the cable and the TV. Leave the VCR on Channel 3 or 4 and use the box to select the channel. You could also use the video and audio out lines from the box and run them to the VCR.

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  • Gregory Jun 18, 2009

    Yes, you won't be able to record directly from the cable while watching other channels, unfortunately. VCRs were built with the same analog tuners as TVs were until recently, and I don't think there are any plans to make a digitally-compatible VCR since the format is on the verge of obsolescence. You may be stuck buying a TiVO unless there's a product in the works I'm not aware of.

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