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I just hooked up a insignia converter box to my sony tv but my hitachi vcr will only pick up one channel. I kown I hooked up my cabels right. Why won't the vcr pick up the other 9 channels?

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  • gertu Jun 07, 2008

    That is how I got it hooked up. When I ran auto fine channel it only picked up one channel on the vcr. The sony tv picked all the channels up

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Most likely a tuner issue with the VCR.

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It should be, Antenna -> Converter -> vcr -> tv.

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