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0. How To Record From A Cable Or Satellite Box Using Your DVD Recorder


STEP 1. Connecting The DVD Recorder

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This how-to guide will demonstrate how to connect your DVD recorder to your cable or satellite box, for recording.  Cable and satellite boxes are also known as set-top boxes.  Before you can connect your DVD recorder to your set-top box, you must connect your set-top box to a cable or satellite jack and to the TV as instructed in the user's manual of your set-top box.  After you have a cable or satellite signal connected to your set-top box, and your set-top box is connected to your TV, you can begin.

To connect your DVD recorder to your set-top box, follow these steps:

  1. With the TV, set-top box, and DVD recorder off, connect an RCA cable from the audio video out on the set-top box to the AV In on the back of the DVD recorder.
  2. Next you will need to connect a RCA, component, S-video, or HDMI cable from the output of the DVD recorder to the input on the TV.
  3. Note:  You can use RCA, component, S-Video, or HDMI for Step 2.  The connection you choose will not affect your ability to record.  This connection will only affect the quality of the signal the DVD recorder sends to the TV, so choose which one is best for you.  In the diagram below the connection used for Step 2 is an RCA cable.


STEP 2. Recording From The Set-top Box

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To record a TV program, follow these steps.

  1. Turn on your TV, set-top box, and DVD recorder.
  2. Set the TV's input (source) to the DVD recorder. For example if you connected the DVD recorder to the TV using HDMI, you must set the TV to it's HDMI input.
  3. Note:  To change the input on Samsung TVs, press the Source button on the TV's remote.  On TVs from other manufacturers, you can change the source by pressing the TV/Video, Input, or Line button.  Refer to the owner's manual of your TV for the correct way to change the source.

  1. Press [Input Sel] on the DVD recorder's remote until the input for the set-top box appears.  For example, if you connected the RCA cables from the set-top box to AV IN 1 on the back of the recorder, press [Input Sel] until the display reads AV IN 1.
  2. Insert a blank DVD into the DVD recorder.
  3. Using the set-top box's remote control, set the channel of the program you want to record from the set-top box.
  4. Press [Rec] on the DVD recorder's remote control to begin recording the program.
  5. Note:  If you are trying to do a timer recording skip Step 6, always leave your set top box on, and set the set-top box to the channel the program will be shown on.  Then follow the instructions on the DVD recorder's manual for all the details on setting up a timer recording.  If you do not have the manual for your DVD recorder, click here to go to the download center and download the manual.