Connect tv vcr and dvd player to digital converter box
The FCC internet site tells you how connect the converter box to analog TV and VCR but only says "connect your DVD player in a similar way". What does that mean? Is it even possible to connect a VCR, DVD player and the TV to the converter box?
Yes you can first connect the converter box to the antenna first. Next hook the tv out on converter box to vcr in on vcr. Next hook the vcr out to the tv in and watch vcr and converter box on channel 3 sometimes channel 4.on the actual tv and of course change channels with converter box remote. For dvd player hook it straight to tv with red,white,and yellow cables that come with your dvd player. Then to watch dvd player if it's hooked up that way you have to put your tv on a input like video 1 or input 1. This can be done by using the tv remote and looking for a button that says tv/video or input or source button. This is some common names for that button on tv remotes.
3/23/09 --- I have found that you cannot put the DVD player signal thru the VCR on the way to the TV because the coding on dvds DISTORT the signal (making the picture fade in and fade out constantly) so people cannot record the dvds on their vcr and violate copyright laws.
I have been successfully manually switching all three (red/white/yellow) RCA plugs between the dvd player and the converter box (or the vcr when I plug the converter box into the vcr) depending on whether I want to watch a dvd movie or TV programming. I wil;l soon buy a Switch Box at WalMart for about $9 so I can plug the Converter Box (or the VCR with Converter Box connected to it.) and the DVD Player into it then just flip the switch to change from one to the other.
Remember, DO NOT hook the DVD player thru the VCR!
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You will need a converter to record onto a VCR. I can't remember the when the FCC require VCR to have digital, but I know yours old enough it has an analog tuner. Take your antenna connection to the in on the converter box, then you can take the out from the converter box to the in on the vcr and finally take the out to tv to the tv. To record you have to have the vcr on 3 or 4 and use the converter box to do the channel changing.
Another way would be take the in to the converter and use RCA cables to the line in on the vcr, and line out to the to the tv. This will give you stereo sound.
Connect the antenna to the converter box.
Connect the output of the converter box to the vcr.
Connect the output of the vcr to the tv.
Connect the dvd to the component input (Red-White-Yellow) of the tv (if there is one. If not then connect the dvd to the component input of the vcr.
With this arrangement you will be able to tape programs on the vcr if you want. If the vcr is not on the signal from the converter box will pass through to the tv.
The output connection from the VCR/DVD needs to be different for the new digital TV. Instead of using the RF output from the VCR, use the video and audio outputs and connect them to the video and audio inputs on the digital TV. When you want to watch the VCR, select "video in" on the TV.
The digital converter box should be hooked to the input of the VCR so you can record programs off-air.
Can't go through the VCR in the normal way. The DTV box must be tuned to the channel you want to record and left there. Cannot tell VCR to tape one channel and watch another nor tape multiple timed and multiple channel shows unless the DTV is tuned to that specific channel. This makes most VSR functions useless.
Here is my setup.
1) Separate DVD player
2) Separate VCR
3) Digital to Analog Converter box
4) Analog TV
5) Rabbit ears (UHF/VHF) antenna
The antenna goes into the converter box.
The RF-output of the converter goes into the RF-Input of the VCR
The DVD output goes into the front input jacks of the VCR
The VCR RF-output goes into the TV RF-Input
The VCR Line output goes into the front of the TV
To watch DVDs, we turn on the DVD player, turn on the VCR, and set the VCR channel to L2, and tune the TV to channel 3. The converter is off.
To auto record on the VCR, the converter must be tuned to the station being recorded. The converted must be turned on, the TV can be off.
To watch VCR tapes, turn the TV and VCR on. The TV is set to channel 3. Just press play on the VCR.
To Watch TV. Turn the TV and converter on. The TV is set to channel 3. Change the stations using the converter.