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Recording freeview channels from philips DVDR3480

I have a freeview tv with one scart socket how can i record freeview channels on to my philips dvdr3480. At the moment i can only record terestial channels

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  • Anonymous Jan 29, 2008

    cant record freeview channels can only record off sky channels tried almost everything but you cant manual set it as you have to put the tv to digital ext to see programs to fine tune but you need to be in ext 1 or 2 to see what your doing please help as soon as you can

  • mia2 Jan 29, 2008

    tried everything cant fine tune manual as the freeview channels are on the digital ext and you need to be on ext 1or 2 to see what you are doing



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Similar problem as you helped me solve before.

OK, I think I see the problem there.
The aerial lead from the DVDR to TV should be removed.
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