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Recording TV shows

The manual says it has no tuner ?
Does this mean I wont be able to record tv shows as with all my other VCRs. What exactly is an external tuner. The only tuner I have in my stereo rack system.

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Since it doesn't have a tuner, it will not be able to store channels - it will only record the channel that your cable or sat box is on currently

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