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    Question getting ready for digital tv show question

    I watched your PBS show about "getting ready for Digital TV" with great interest and was hoping to post a question at your website(http://www.pbs.org/digitaltv/). While the broadcast was informative it didn't answer my particular problem about a having a vcr.

    I have Rabbit ears connected to a vcr which is connect to an analog tv since I like to record shows during the week and watch them later on my schedule. Something I imagine many others in my situation do.

    I have connected the digital tuner between the rabbit ears and the vcr as shown on the show. I have been told and have experienced, the inability to record digitally while I watch tv and if I buy a second tuner for the vcr it needs to set to the channel being recorded. This defeats the purpose setting the vcr to record for later viewing since some evenings I may record on two different stations.

    It looks like now that I need to buy a digital dvd recorder/vcr to replace my vcr or a digital tv to record on my present vcr. Since both option will cost me at least $250, I was hoping there was a cleaner, budget minded direction or that my assumptions are correct. There is nothing on any website that clearly lays out this seemingly simple connection problem.
    Last edited by curlingkc; 11-07-2008 at 07:21 PM.

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    Default Re: getting ready for digital tv show question

    Why not get cable connection?

    With this set up, you can still use existing TV and VCR.
    "Life does not go by the book, we learn as we go along".

    You only need two tools in life - WD-40 and Duct Tape.
    If it doesn't move and should, use WD-40.
    If it shouldn't move and does, use the Duct Tape.


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    Default Re: getting ready for digital tv show question

    curlingkc,
    Your assumptions are correct. The switch to digital is going to be a bigger headache than advertised.
    Jack
    Be sure you live your life, because you are a long time dead.-Scottish Proverb

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    Default Re: getting ready for digital tv show question

    Yep ...... that's correct regarding the VCR recording.

    To be fair though .... it's not a new issue of sort ..... folks with cable boxes have run into this years ago ..... it's not a new phenomenon .... unfortunately new for you.

    Like BigWalt said ..... if analog cable ( without a set top box ) is available you might explore that avenue.
    "" an ounce of perception -- a pound of obscure "
    - Rush

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    Default Re: getting ready for digital tv show question

    Quote Originally Posted by JLMCDANIEL View Post
    curlingkc,
    Your assumptions are correct. The switch to digital is going to be a bigger headache than advertised.
    Jack
    I was hoping I was wrong. Looks like I need to spend $250 to continue to get what I am getting.

    Quote Originally Posted by canuk View Post

    Like BigWalt said ..... if analog cable ( without a set top box ) is available you might explore that avenue.
    Getting Cable is one choice. But I don't need all those channel or the Monthly service fee of $42- 65 per month for basic cable.

    I simply want to record the shows I already get.

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    Default Re: getting ready for digital tv show question

    If you want to record one channel and watch another you will need 2 boxes. One to tape & one to watch.
    I haven't tried that setup, but it should work. When you recorded before digital, you were using two tuners. The one in your tv and the one in your vcr. I saw a vcr with a built in digtal tuner from sony I think a while back. I'm remembering $200+
    A DVR may be the better choice if the prices are similar.
    I'm saving up for a high def DVR. It may be a while though.

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    Default Re: getting ready for digital tv show question

    Quote Originally Posted by ed21 View Post
    If you want to record one channel and watch another you will need 2 boxes. One to tape & one to watch.
    I haven't tried that setup, but it should work.

    I have been told that you can only record digitally using the vcr if the digital tuner is tuned in to that specific channel. This doesn't help me when I want to set the timer in my vcr to record different channel at different times of the day throughout the week.

    They do not make a VCR with a Digital tuner only DVR/VCR and if they have a tuner and made today they are digital . though A DVR with tuner is Cheaper

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    Default Re: getting ready for digital tv show question

    With a digital box feeding a vcr, you can't get fancy & program more than one channel at a time.
    Here's a digital vcr that appears to do what an old vcr can do plus a lot more.

    Product Description
    DVD/VCR/SD Card Recorder, With ATSC Digital Tuner

    Product Description
    Panasonic DMR-EZ37K DVD Recorder & Player with VHS VCR Combo offers opportunities to upgrade your VHS videotape recording collection onto DVDs. You can choose to continue recording TV broadcasts to the VCR or onto DVDs. Accutune Digital Tuner is a high performance hybrid tuner capable of receiving both ATSC digital and NTSC analog broadcasts. The DVD recorder can record to and play back just about any DVD DVD-R/-RW/-RAM/+R/+RW discs, as well as DVD-Video, DVD-R (dual layer), DVD+R (dual layer), CD, CD-DA and CD-R/RW (including MP3 files). Digital Broadcast Capable - Built-in ATSC Tuner Automatic Program Information Acquisition Long Time Recording with High Picture Quality Real-Time Variable Bit Rate Control DV Auto Recording Auto DVD Disc Finalizing Direct Navigator for Quick, Easy Search 1 Second Quick Start for Recording DVD Recorder and Player are not HDTV capable. There is no HDMI connector to permit upconversion for 1080p play

    I found it after a quick google search. Price was $127 on amazon.

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    Default Re: getting ready for digital tv show question

    Unfortunately you are going to accept some change.

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    Default Re: getting ready for digital tv show question

    Hook one DTV converter to the TV and another to the VCR. Watch and record different shows this way.

    Hook the TV's converter to the TV via the RCA jacks and hook the VCR to the TV via the coax jack (or vice-versa). Makes for easy switching from real time TV watching to VCR watching this way.

    Or if your TV doesn't have both connection types...couple to TV thru a simple A/B switch and then choose A or B for input to TV.
    Last edited by goldhiller; 11-21-2008 at 11:19 PM.

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