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Re: durabrand dvd/video combi
There could be at least two ways to hook in your VCR. The common way is to hook your VCR inline (between) the sat box output (RF or antenna) and the TV RF/antenna input. This will allow you to play the VCR/DVD & record whatever channel the sat box is set to.
I'm not real familiar with the newer sat boxes, but I assume they output one channel at a time, thus, you can only record that channel. On the older cable or outdoor antenna systems, you could record one channel while watching another. Perhaps some sat boxes have this capability. You might do a Google search with the box Model number to see if an online manual can be found.
The other hookup possibility is if your TV set has audio/video inputs & outputs. Hook these to the matching input/output of the VCR/DVD.
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If your SAT Box has multiple outputs, hook the HDMI output to your receiver so you can get full surround on movies etc. Connect the HDMI out on your receiver to an HDMI input on the TV. Run a composite or S-video connection from the sat box to the TV for regular TV viewing/listening without the receiver & speakers. I don't think you can get full HD over either of these cables, but you may be able to use the composite connections if they are available on your sat box and TV.
since you are using hdmi input, and have a direct tv reciever, you are not using the tv tuner,therefor it will not store any channels. all the channels are stored in the sat reciever. switch your input to hdmi 2 and you should see the direct tv box. dont worry about the tv stroing any channels, because it wont, all the channels from the direct tv box are in video format not rf.
Connect air antenna to RF(coax) input of tv. Go to the menu and look for channel setup.Select antenna and auto scan. When done scanning you should have whatever stations you are able to pickup. Connect Sat reciever to one of the other input on the tv. Then go to INPUT or SOURCE on remote and select tv for local and what ever input you sat box is connected to for dish.
You do not need to program the TV for SAT because your signal comes directly from the SAT, you are only using your TV as a monitor, not a tuner. Connect your SAT via standard rca, component, or hdmi cable and change the input on your TV to the same input that you have connected your SAT to. If you connect via coax cable then set your TV to channel 3 or 4, ALWAYS using your SAT remote to change channels for both options.
more info needed... if it is the tv 1 and you have a coax cable (screw on cable) the tv needs to be on channel 3 or 4 if you have it connected with rca cables (red, white, yellow) the tv will need to be on input (tv/video, input, video, source, on your tv remote) if it is a high def receiver and tv it will need to be on the input hdmi or component (component= y/pb/pr (green,blue,red)) if it is the tv2 (if the sat remote has a blue 2 at the bottom) the tv will need to be on channel 60 or 73 if your still getting snow check the cable connections and or replace the cable and make sure you have the green light lit on the front of the receiver box.
I am a bit confused? A vcr will only need the aerial to pick up signals for TV signals broadcast by a transmitter. As long as the vcr has two scart sockets you can connect your TV to AV1 and the sat box to AV2 and it should record the sat picture and you can watch it by switching your TV to the AV channel. Of course the video will only be any good to record things from sat if your out or in bed. Because you can't watch one channel, record another with the vcr.
I suggest you have a word with your sat company about the record a program service or provide you with a multi room service so you can record channels whilst viewing others.
Offhand, if the previous system/connection works then we should leave that as it is. Coax-Sat Receiver-Coax-DVD Recorder-TV and TV should be Channel 3 (or 4).
On the new Sat Receiver, coax from LNB/Dish to Sat Receiver, yellow, red & white to TV. TV should be set to Video 1 or A/V or Video. There should be no snow, rather if no reception, it should be blue indicating video has muted in the absence of a good signal.
Double check the video connection cable directly out of the SAT reciver and the video cable out from the Pioneer reciver, as there maybe an intermittant connection in them. If you replace them or sub them for known good ones, and you still have this probem, there is a switching IC inside the pioneer that has to be replaced.