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Do I still need an ouside ariel to tune in the channels on my dvd recorder despite having virgin media. I am currently using a hdmi cable and three scart leads to play a DVD and still cannot record anything

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You can only tune the channels if the recorder is connected to an aerial, however you can still record from the V-box connected to the recorder via scart, but you can only record the channel you are watching.

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