Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Clarkston, Washington (State), Southeast corner
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Answer the easy question first-- Why the splitter TO the tv AND converter box? Your tv can handle the digital signal from the antenna via the splitter. Just like you didn't have a vcr. Your tv can play independently, don't have to turn on the vcr to watch tv, or watch a different channel.
The vcr cannot handle the digital signal from the antenna. The signal must first be converted to analog, which is done by the converter box. The converter box comes between the antenna and the vcr. Then use the RCA yellow-white-red from the converter box to the VCR input. (You could use the coax, the y-w-r is said to give a slightly better signal.) Your vcr is always tuned to channel 3, which is what the converter box is always putting out (if that is what it is set to).
From the VCR to the TV, I did not see the yellow Composite video input on the tv, rather surprising, so you could use the component output from the vcr to the tv. (Red-blue-green for the video only, you'd still need the white-red for audio.)
Use the composite (ywr) or component (red-blue-green+red-white audio) to connect from dvd player to the tv; dvd players don't pass the dvd signal over the coax. They will pass a coax input thru to coax output, but not the signal from the dvd.
If you have been playing the vcr thru the tv in the past, the same setup should work now.