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You should just connect the cable to the tv and then using the menu tell it you are on cable and have it scan for channels. Good Luck

Posted on Jul 22, 2009

  • laureliete Oct 20, 2010

    You can connect the cable to the in port on your vcr/dvd player (but only the one with the vcr in addition to the dvd will have the additional in port) connect another small cable with two pin ends from vcr/dvd out port to the only cable port on the back of the tv.

    If you do not have a player with an in and out port then use the tv if you can. I have comcast cable and you have to have two channel tuners to make that work. One tuner is my vcr/dvd the other is my tv. When you have the little cable box that is your tuner and your tv is the other. Without the vcr/dvd I was not able to get channels other than "3" 95 and 99. I have Comcast I would rather run it through the vcr/dvd then talk to them. (Usually avery unpleasant experience for me.)

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