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Using a VCR with Digital Television signals


VCR owners have several choices. 

One:  If you currently have a DTV converter feeding your analog TV you may be able to use whichever output you didn't connect to your TV to supply your VCR, or you could connect the converter to the VCR and then supply the TV with an analog or RF signal from the VCR.   There are several ways to make the connections but you wouldn't be able to record one program while watching another.

Two: If you have a digital set with analog audio/video output jacks you might be able to use it to supply your VCR with a signal.  This method limits recording to whatever is on TV and of course the TV must be on to provide a signal to the VCR.  

Three: Buy a converter box for your VCR.  This will allow recording of digital channels. You will loose your ability to use the VCR's recording scheduler to select the desired channel, however the *DTV Pal Converter includes a VCR timer just for this purpose.   You will also need an RF splitter to divide your antenna signal to feed both the VCR converter and your digital TV or DTV converter connected to your analog TV.  Also, if you have a marginal signal the splitter may reduce the level sufficiently to cause your digitla reception to become intermittent.

Four: Buy a new VCR/DVD combo with a built in digital tuner.  (make sure it has the digital tuner) Check features carefully, it appears that some do not provide RF output to the TV, only RF loop through.  Which makes sense for connecting an antenna signal to both the VCR and digital TV, but if you have an analog TV with only RF in you might not be able to supply a signal from the VCR/DVD to the TV. 

Doug Bierman

KWQC Engineering

*My mention of the DTV Pal is in no way an endorsement of the product.  I recommend that buyers check out the features and specifications of several units and purchase a unit that best meets their needs.

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