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Digital conversion next year

I was told I will be able to use my current vcr next year with the converter box for my analog tv to pick up a digital signal, but will have to set the converter box to the channel I want to tape before each show.
Is this correct ?

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  • Terbor Dec 07, 2008

    From what I am finding out is the conversion channels are numbered like this 2.1, 2.2, 2.3

    Well the VCR does not recognize this. Aparently it only likes channels numbered 1-99.

    If this is true can you guess how many VCRs are going into the trash?

    I for one am not going to drive 50 miles to a recycling facility.

    Yea, go green.

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This is correct.

The convertor box is used to tune into the digital channels.

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I think you are painting yourself into a corner. So to Speak.
Why buy a SetTop Box to convert to an old VHS Tape when you can buy a Digital Recorder for probably the same price.
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This was my original reply until I saw the light.

So, Hopefully one of these will answer your queerie.

A digital TV picks up the new Digital Transmission and stores it in memory, then supplies the high definition to the input of your TV.
With a STB, once the digital broadcast signal is captured by the Set Top Box tuner, it is stored in memory and then it is converted to Video Format and comes out of the back connectors as a standard video & audio signal on the Red & White (Audio) & Yellow (Video) as a composite signal that can also be attached to an older VCR tape recorder.
If the STB output connectors have a Red White & Yellow RCA plugs then it is all ready to be picked up by an older TV or VCR.
Most set top boxes also have HDMI Output for high definition video & sound in the one cable, which attaches directly to the back of your TV (assuming it doesn't already have a tuner (STB) already built in).
HDMI is the state of the art cabling for modern devices. But probably not on the old VCR.
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