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How to record TV program while watching another

Would be grateful to know how to record a TV program on one channel while watching another channel. When I change my TV remote to a different channel from channel 3, I hear the audio from both the program being recorded and the one I want to watch. Thanks.

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How are the cable hooked up? Is there a TV/VCR button because once you start recording, it is at VCR mode, and you need to hit the TV/VCR button to get you back on TV mode,so that you can watch TV.

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