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VCR and Digital Cable

I just got digital cable yesterday and want to know if you can still record programs? All I get now is channel 3 so the programs I usually tape to watch later cannot be taped. I have heard that you can and that you cannot. If you can, how? I contacted my cable service and they said to look in the VCR manual. I have the manuel but it doesn't explain or I do not understand. The VCR is about 10 years old.

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You will either need to leave the converter box on all the time on that channel you want to record, and program the VCR to record channel 3 at the appropiate time, or learn an extra step in how to set the converter box to come on at the same time as the VCR begins to record. So there you have it, I hope this helps...accordianman

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Simple stated, your VCR must be set to channel 3 also. Check it out.

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