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Hard To Set Up

We just bought this product and it's proving difficult to set up. We want to connect it to our digital video recorder (DVR) that's kind of like TVo and it records programs. We don't want it connected directly to the tv. We're not sure with input/output plugs to use as the directions don't really tell you what to do with a DVR. Help. Anyone.

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Re: Hard To Set Up

I don't really understand the question, but you can connect with any of the connections on the back. You can use a coax (cable type connection), the RCA jacks (yellow, red, white), s-video (black cable and red and white for sound), composite video (red, blue, green and red and white or digital for sound). The DVD will still record no matter how you hook it to the tv as long as it is connected to the SAT or cable correctly.

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