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Unable to record one tv channel while watching another tv channel

I have been told by Panasonic that it is NOT possible to watch one tv channel while recording another tv channel with my Panasonic DMR-EZ47V connected to my tv and satellite (Direct tv). Is this correct? If this is NOT correct, how do I connect the cables between these devices to permit this. My tv has component video input jacks (2 sets) as well as S-Video input jack. Satellite receiver also has component and S-Video jacks. Appreciate any help you can give me. Panasonic says it is only possible to do this with cable box but not with satellite.

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You CAN record one channel and watch another with satellite service, but it would require two separate DBS receivers. The issue is that all satellite broadcasting is encrypted until it hits the receiver, which decodes it and transmits it outward toward your other AV devices. If it weren't for the receiver, connecting the coax cable to your other devices and trying to tune channels with them would yield no signal and possibly much frustration. You would need to split the signal into each receiver and have one connected to the television via one input and the other to the recorder then to the TV via another input.

With cable, you can split the signal without having to have two boxes - this way the QAM tuner in the cable box is still capable of tuning channels while the recorder can tuner basic cable channels for recording separately. You can also have the cable box connected to the recorder via composite so that you can record premium stations on a DVD recorder input mode anytime you like - but you would have to be watching that channel at the same time unless the DVD recorder had a pass-through RF signal (rather than a composite clone) - meaning you could also use coaxial to your television from the recorder and tune channels separately on your television while the recorder is recording one channel.

A lot of what-ifs there, but it is all quite possible.

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They are correct, you can only record on the channel you are on.

Old school worked because you could have your VCR set to the channel you were wanting to record and the hit TV/VCR button and watch tv by changing channels on the TV
component and S-video is a choice of one or the other for input/output, not enabling two separate connections.
I would get a DVR with your direct TV setup, then you can do what you want, record while watching another.

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Your recorder does record to the dvd recorder (but not vcr) while watching something else, IF YOU USE DVD REWRITABLE DISCS OR DVD RAM DISCS. I DO IT ALL THE THE TIME. READ THE SECTION IN YOUR MANUAL THAT EXPLAINS WHAT EACH DISC FORMAT IS CAPABLE OF DOING!

GOOD LUCK!

Posted on Nov 19, 2008

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