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Digital tv -analogue vcr records and time records and plays back only with the picture on. It will not record with picture on standby

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Of course it won't record if the TV is in standby as there is no signal. If you wish to record TV programmes without having the TV switched on, you need a freeview or freesat box for your Video Recorder.
Hope this helps.

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