I purchased the Sony SLV-D380P DVD/VCR combo player (specs for player here). I hooked it up to my RCA E13320 TV (specs for TV here) via component connections on the back of the player and the front of the TV.
I tried locating the input channel on the TV (the manual for the TV indicated that the remote had an "Input" button, but on further examination, i noticed that the remote I had and the remote in the manual's picture were entirely different- a bit strange, if you ask me) but was unsuccessful. i found that when I unplugged the dipole antenna from the TV and did a "Channel Search", where it searches for an input signal automatically, it located a channel titled "VID" which did show the video, but which, when i plugged the antenna back in, i could not relocate, manually or otherwise.
What i would like to have is that the TV and the player work at the same time without me having to unplug anything. any assistance on the matter would be greatly appreciated.
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Your TV should also have a regular composite video input jack (yellow) in addition to the s-video input. Use that input instead of the s-video. The video won't be quite as clear as with s-video, but you have to work with what the combo gives you.
I'd first just hook up the DVD/VCR to the TV and get that working. I'm assuming all you need is the standard cable type connection. This will at least your 4 year old happy. Then you can experiment with the S cable. The S cable will give a cleaner signal from the DVD to the TV. then hook up audio and video cables from the Direct TV to the DVD input. The audio and video will be cleaner using S cables and audio and video cables, but stadard TV cable should get you going. You didn't mention what model DVD player you have. You may have to select the correct inout on the DVD for the Direct TV connection.
You trying to put the DVD/VCR combo between the cable box and the TV? OK, cable out goes to vcr in, vcr out goes to tv, I think you got that. Now there should be a tv/vcr button on the vcr/dvd, you need to press that when the unit is on. Also, make sure you are on the correct input on both the vcr and the tv, usually video 1 or AUX and choose line in or L1 on the vcr/dvd. If the tv/vcr button is toggled, itll completely bypass the vcr/dvd player.
The easiest way to connect the unit is via coax. You can come out of your satellite receiver via the "Out to TV" on the back of the receiver to the "In from Ant" on your DVD/VCR combo. You can then connect another coax from the "Out to TV" on the DVD/VCR combo to the "Ant/Cable" input on the back of you TV. Make sure the satellite receiver and the vcr are both modulated to the same channel, normally channel 3.
From cable box,hook-up yellow,red and white to video input on TV ...Select that input, activate PIP...........Note:Split signal &
give 1/2 to cable box and 1/2 to Antenna A input on TV then hook RF out to tv to Antenna B................Let me know...T.
If that is the only input that the tv has it's still usable. Just plug the Cable TV or antenna cable into the DVD/VCR coaxial input labeled "in" (instead of the TV's) and hook one from the DVD/VCR's "out" to the "in" on the tv. Turn the TV to channel 3 or 4 (depends on DVD/VCR settings) and use the built in TV tuner on the DVD/VCR to change channels.
hook the antenna to the VCR rf conecter IN.
buy some RCA jacks and a three way deal and hook the red to sound red out ,white to sound output white,
and yellow is always video hookit to yellow vido out on the vcr/dvd. The other ends go to the inputs on the TV....same color code.
or you can just hook a cable to rf connector OUT on the vcr and other end to( it with problably just same antenna in) to TV.