I have a cable box on my TV. Because the ES20 does not come with an IR blaster which would change the channel for me in timed recording, I would be stuck with recording only on one channel if I were not home to change the channel on the cable box manually. I went to Circuit City to exchange my ES20S for a DVD recorder that has an IR blaster, but they didn't have anything, so..
I currently have a VCR with a cable controller, which changes the cable box for me so that I can record multiple programs on multiple stations. The cable comes in to the Box, then connects to the VCR Antenna, and the RF out on the VCR connects to the Antenna on the TV. The TV power connects to the Box. This is my current setup and it works fine. Because it records whatever channel is on the cable box, I can record premium channels as well, altho I have to set the box manually for this.
The guys at CC said I could have both the VCR and DVD hooked up at the same time by leaving the current hookup with the VCR exactly as it is, and adding the DVD hookup to it.
This way I could use the VCR when I wanted to, use the DVD when I wanted to, and also (this is odd, I realize) use the VCR to change the channel on my cable box by scheduling a one-minute' program on the VCR, then set the timer recording on the DVD to record the program or movie, and repeat if I wanted another program.
One guy said I should connect the Component cables from the DVD to the VCR and this would enable the DVD player to record whatever the cable box was on because the VCR does this now. But a second guy said I would have to connect the Component cables from the DVD to the TV. It sounds like the first guy is correct, because the VCR controls everything now, but I'm not sure if either one is right.
Can I just add the DVD connection and keep the ability to record either on the VCR or DVD player, whichever I choose. Would the DVD record whatever channel is on the Cable Box? I am not interested in the ability to copy any VHS tapes to the DVD, which is the only connections between the two I've read about
And finally, would it then be possible to record on both the VCR and DVD at the same time (same program)? It seems that I would because they're separate units. I would probably never do this, but I just wondered.
Thanks all. Miriam