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I cannot get the recorder to tune in to any TV channels. Could this be because we are now an area with digital signals? If so are there any attachments etc to remedy the problem? Ann

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  • Ann Mallender Oct 01, 2010

    My postcode is SK8 6

  • Ann Mallender Oct 01, 2010

    Thank you for your quick reply. My postcode is SK8 6

  • Ann Mallender Oct 02, 2010

    I didn't receive the follow-up yesterday but thankyou very much for the reply today. I shall follow it to the letter. Thanks again. Ann

  • Ann Mallender Oct 02, 2010

    Very comprehensive and easy to understand reply. Many thanks.

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If you are in the UK (as I suspect) what is your postcode? (for security, just the first half of the postcode plus the first number of the second half will be fine (e.g. if your postcode was SK15 3DR, all I need is SK15 3).

I can then look up the TV reception details for your area and provide you with a relevant solution.

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    Obertelli Oct 01, 2010

    Sorry for the delay in responding.



    Your postcode area is covered by the Winter Hill transmitter and this
    has already switched solely to digital transmission. You are not in
    range of any other transmitters which supply analogue TV signals. Your Philips DVDR630VR is only equipped to receive analogue TV signals so it's own internal reception circuitry is now useless, but you can still record with it by fitting an external receiver. This can be via cable, satellite (e.g. Sky or FreeSat) or FreeView. Whichever box you choose will have a scart output socket and you connect this to the scart input socket (the upper one) of your DVDR630VR with a scart lead. You then use another scart lead to connect the output socket (the lower one) from the DVD630VR to the scart input socket of your tv using another scart lead, like connecting a daisy chain.

    Using the DVD630VR remote control, use the INPUT button to select AV2. This directs the recorder to the correct input to record from. You then use the remote control on your chosen receiver to select the channel you wish to record. You can still use the timer record on your DD630VR but must always select AV2 as the channel to record AND must remember to program the timer on the external receiver to ensure that you record the correct channel.

    Note that you will lose the ability to record one channel whilst watching another. This can be cured by either using your TV's in-built FreeView receiver (if so equipped) or by connecting a second receiver directly to the TV using a spare scart socket. If no spare sockets remain then you can buy socket extenders which convert a single socket into multiple sockets.

    One additional and important point is that if you choose to subscribe to Sky, you'll get a Sky+ receiver and these make your recorder largely redundant as they allow you to record programmes and also to watch one channel whilst recording another. You can also transfer many recordings from the Sky+ box to your DVD630VR if you wish to keep them long term. Your DVD630VR will then become just a playback only device the majority of the time and can be connected directly to your TV via a spare scart socket if you wish or daisy-chained between the TV and the Sky+ box if you anticipate a regular need to transfer recordings from the Sky+ box to your DVD630VR. Some FreeView and cable receivers also simplify matters by including similar technologies.

    If you do not like the idea of a Sky subscription, then you can pay a one-off charge for FreeSat equipment to be installed. This is basically Sky but without the subscription channels and can often be upgraded later. In practice, it usually makes financial sense to take advantage of the free Sky+ box and fitting and to then subscribe for the minimum period before cancelling (12 months). Your remaining equipment can then be used like a FreeSat receiver. Although Sky insist that you take a nearly full package subscription to get a free box and free fitting, you can downgrade the package to the minimum you require after the first month in order to fulfill the balance of your minimum. The Sky box must be connected to a fixed landline telephone connection for the minimum subscription period. It doesn't use the phone line except to occasionally auto-dial the Sky computers if you choose to watch premium content for which additional fees are payable, such as Sky Box Office. it also occasionally auto-dials to make very brief data connections to Sky to confirm that the box remains connected and also for diagnostic and maintenance purposes. These calls are very brief, cost you nothing, and only occur when you're not using the landline for other purposes.

  • Obertelli
    Obertelli Oct 02, 2010

    Did you receive the very comprehensive follow-up reply which I posted yesterday? There seems to be a FixYa system bug and today I can't see my reply.

  • Obertelli
    Obertelli Oct 02, 2010

    Happy to have been of assistance. Ask again if you have further difficulties.

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

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