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Connecting a freeview box

I've had a new digital aerial fitted, i purchased a freeview box, the aerial
man connected it but when i tried to watch a dvd he'd put the scart lead
from my dvd player into the freeview box, i maneged to sort that, but the
problem now is i'm unable to record tv programs + watch them from the vcr
player, the freeview box has 2 scart sockets at the back and an aerial in and patch lead out to the video, as a result of this i tried swapping leads about but got the same result, got picture through freeview box but nothing else, contacted the aerial company but they said it would be £50 for someone to come out to me, i refuse to pay that, i know it's not the answer but i have now disconnected the freeview box, please can you help me to overcome this problem, i have a dvd player in av2, vcr av1, do i need to buy a multi scart connector? for something that's suppose to be so easy, it's just giving me problems, can you help?

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Your dvd player should be connected to the TV INPUT under norma conditionsl.What kind of recorder are you using? VCR player ?, Is it also a VCR recorder ( one cannot assume because I happened to own a VHS\vcr PLAYER, not player & recorder)Is Your VCR recorder? Then It must be connected to freeview box with universal scart to RCA converter box.You have "" dvd player in av2, vcr av1"" where? TV? freeview box scart connector ?
You will need scart to RCA converter box for sure.

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OK, I think I see the problem there.
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