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Comcast cable/DVD recorder problems

My problem is this: recently, Comcast has been converting all its customers to a digital signal and installing these DTAs (Digital Transport Adapters) on all its customers' older TV (including mine). But the issue I have is with recording programing on my non-digital Panasonic DVD recorder. Since I installed the DTA, I've discovered that the only way I can record a program on a specific cable channel is to move that channel to Channel 3 or 4, before I leave my home. This means this is the only channel I can record (during my time away) is on that one channel.
How can I record multiple shows on different cable channels using my DVD recorder? Comcast says I need a spliter, but will this device allow me to program my DVD to record multiple shows on different cable channels? I'm confused. Thanks for any help you can provide.

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The short answer is "yes", but it really depends on your TV having more than one input.

You would put a cable splitter (see Google images) on the wire that comes out of the wall. One of the OUT connections would be to the cable box, and the other would go directly to your Toshiba unit.

Depending on the outputs of your cable box, and the inputs of your TV, each unit would be connected to a TV input either by cable or video connections. You would then switch back and forth between the input from the cable box - when you wanted to watch live, digital TV - or the Toshiba when you wanted to set up/watch recordings.

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