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Hdtv converter box to vcr

I just picked up a hdtv converter box and antenna. I need to hook it up to my existing set up: I have a projector that I run thru the vcr for the analog tv reception (The projector does not generate a tv signal).

So how should I configure the hdtv converter box? I do not have cable. I rely solely on the over-the-air analog signal.

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Hi Drtrippy,

If I understand correctly, you are using your VCR for the actual tuning of the TV.

The converter box itself contains a tuner, so you should now receive extra channels available only to an HD tuner. You should try connecting your antenna as input to the converter box. Then output the signal from your converter box to the VCR. Your VCR may then remain connected to your projector.

You may simply think of this as if you are inserting the converter box between your antenna and your VCR, which should be currently connected to receive an over-the-air signal. Remember, as the tuner you will be using is in the converter box, you will need to change channels using the converter box, not the VCR.

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