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Can i use a vcr to record hdtv channels ,how?

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    I have a digital cable box and an HDTV & I use a HDMI cable. Can I hook up my VR546 VCR? If so, how?

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Hopefully, your HDTV has a 'Video out' RCA jack on the back-some don't. You could try connecting from these video/audio out jacks to the RCA video/audio in jacks on your VCR. If it works, remember it will be recording EVERYTHING on the tv screen(Time, channel,etc.) that you see while watching. So if you change the channels on the tv-it will be on the tape.

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To hook up the pieces, take the converter box output and run it to the VCR antenna input jack. Then run the output from the VCR to the TV's antenna input. Leave the VCR and TV both on channel 3 (or channel 4 if that's what you have the converter box output set for).

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I had the same problem and found this answer that worked for me. Hope this does the trick for you.

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

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  1. You must have the VCR tuned to record on channel 3.
  2. You must have the VCR connected to output signal of the DTV converter box. In other words, the converter box must be connected between the antenna and the VCR. So, the likely configuration you would use with a coaxial cable is antenna to DTV converter to VCR to TV.
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  4. You will be able to use the timed record function on the VCR but you must adhere to steps 1-3.
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Disadvantage of DTV Converter: You will lose the ability to watch one program and record another with the DTV converter. Sorry for the bad news.
The reason is the tuner. The VCR tuner is useless with digital except for recognizing channel 3. The digital converter is a single tuner item so it only receives one station at a time.

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