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DTV Converter I have the new Magnavox Converter Box for converting the digital signals to my analog tv. I don't know how to get VCR Codes when using the box. The channels are different numbers. Thanks for any help.

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    Will the old VCR's work with the new Digital Converter Boxes?

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    I recently connected the digital to analog converter to my tv. I can play videos on my vcr but cannot record, I think because the channels are now different. What is the solution?

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The DIgital signal coming out of the conveter box cannot be recorded with a vcr, as they are analog. I am currently using a switch & switching between analog (rabbit ears) & digital conveter box, which I purchased at Walmart with the government coupon, for $10.00 -had to rig a UHF antenna ($45.00) up on my roof to pick up the digital signal, which dosn't travel as far as the old analog signals. With this switch I can record TV programs in analog, or switch to digital to watch programs. I can record 1 while watching something else. but after Feb. 17, the switch will be useless. I will need to buy a DVR recorder to record any programs at all. Since I can't afford cable TV, I certainly can't afford a DVR! I personally don't like this government-mandated switch to digitsl, as not everyone can afford to take advantage of the new digital signal. My current problem is, for some reason my universal remote (or any that I can find) won't program for my Magnavox converter box!

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