Is it possible to record TV programming on a VCR when using a DTV converter?
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I had the same problem and found this answer that worked for me. Hope this does the trick for you.
Simple stated, your VCR must be set to channel 3 also. Check it out.
- You must have the VCR tuned to record on channel 3.
- You must have the VCR connected to output signal of the DTV
converter box. In other words, the converter box must be connected
between the antenna and the VCR. So, the likely configuration you would
use with a coaxial cable is antenna to DTV converter to VCR to TV.
- You must tune the DTV converter to the channel you want to record
prior to recording. The VCR won't be able to change channels on the DTV
- You will be able to use the timed record function on the VCR but you must adhere to steps 1-3.
If this sounds freakishly familiar to recording on a digital cable or
satellite set-top box, you are right. It is exactly like recording a
signal from a digital cable box or satellite receiver. While it may be
inconvenient to perform the steps above, at least the option still
exists to record on a VCR while using a DTV converter box.
Disadvantage of DTV Converter:
You will lose the ability to watch one program and record another with the DTV converter. Sorry for the bad news.
The reason is the tuner. The VCR tuner is useless with digital except
for recognizing channel 3. The digital converter is a single tuner item
so it only receives one station at a time.