How to connect a DVD recorder to a TV

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Now that you have received or purchased a brand new DVD recorder, how do you connect it to your TV? This tutorial will focus on connecting your DVD recorder to your TV, whether you have a cable, satellite, or cable antenna as your TV source. There are also tips on how to connect the DVD recorder to a Dolby 5.1 surround sound system. Let's begin! This information applies to televisions from various manufacturers, including but not limited to those made by LG, Samsung, Panasonic, Sony and Vizio.



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Follow these steps

  1. The first step in connecting a DVD recorder to your TV is to determine what type of connection you want to make between the TV source (cable, satellite, antenna), the DVD recorder and the TV. This is usually determined by the outputs and inputs available on the DVD recorder and TV.


  2. If you have an older TV that accepts only the RF (coaxial) input, then you need to connect the RF output (a coaxial cable) from your TV source (in my case a Cable Box) to the RF input on the DVD recorder. Then connect the RF output from the DVD recorder to the RF input on the TV. This is the simplest (and lowest quality) option for connecting a DVD recorder to any TV.

  3. If you want to use higher quality cables, you can connect your TV source (cable and satellite only, not antenna) to your DVD recorder using composite, S-Video or component video and audio cables.

  4. To use composite cables (also known as RCA, the yellow plug is video, the red and white plugs, audio): connect the composite cables to the RCA outputs on the back of the TV source and then connect the composite cables to the RCA inputs of the DVD recorder. Then connect the RCA outputs from the DVD recorder to the RCA inputs on the TV.



  5. To use S-Video and RCA audio cables: Connect the S-Video cable to the S-Video output of the TV source. Connect the S-Video cable to the S-Video input on the DVD recorder. Then, connect the RCA audio cable to the output on the TV source and the input on the DVD recorder. Finally, connect the S-Video cable and the RCA audio cable to the output on the DVD recorder and the input on the TV.

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  6. To use component video cables and RCA audio cables: Connect the component video cable and red and white RCA audio cables to the outputs on the TV source and the inputs on the DVD recorder. Then, connect the component video cable and the RCA audio cable to the outputs on the DVD recorder and the inputs on the TV.

  7. Now that your TV source (cable, satellite or antenna), DVD recorder and TV are all connected, you need to set everything up to make sure your TV goes through the DVD recorder, for recording and viewing.

  8. Turn on your cable or satellite box, TV and DVD recorder.

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  9. If you have everything connected using RF connections, the TV should go through the DVD recorder and display the television on the TV screen. To record in this mode, you need to tune to channel 3 or 4 on your TV, then use the DVD recorder's TV tuner to change channels and record.


  10. If you've made connections using composite, S-Video, or Component cables, then to view or record your TV, you need to make two adjustments. First, the DVD recorder must be tuned to the appropriate input, usually L1 or L3 for the rear inputs and L2 for the front inputs. Secondly, the TV must also be tuned to the correct input, on a TV usually Video 1 or Video 2.


  11. If you have a Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound A / V receiver, you can connect an optical digital audio cable or a coaxial digital audio cable from the DVD recorder to the receiver to hear the audio through the receiver.

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TIPS

If your cable TV comes straight from the wall, your only option is to connect the coaxial cable to the RF input on the DVD recorder and then stream it to the TV using RF, composite, S-Video or Component audio and video cables.


Some DVD recorders require you to establish an RF connection and an A / V connection to use the electronic programming guide (for example Panasonic DVD recorders which include the TV Guide on the EPG screen). Always check the manufacturer's manual before making connections.

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Feel free to use connection combinations when plugging in your DVD recorder. For example, you can connect from your TV source to your DVD recorder using a coaxial (RF) connection and then plug it in using S-Video and RCA Audio on your TV.


Make sure that if you are using A / V cables to connect the DVD recorder to a TV, choose the appropriate input on the TV.

Use the best cables you can for connections. The lowest to highest quality video cables are RF, Composite, S-Video, Component. The cables used will be determined by the types of outputs and inputs on the DVD recorder and TV.


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