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Old 08-23-2014, 01:12 PM - Thread Starter
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Device to record HDTV w/cable box from analog VHS

I'm unemployed and looking for the lowest cost solution using what I have; yes, someday I'll go the DVR route but not for now.

What I have:

LG 47LM7600 HDTV (digital only)

Comcast DC50X Cable Box (does not have converter)

Sony SLV-799HF VCR (analog only)


What I want to do:

Use the VCR to record TV programs. Don't care if the playback is only SD. Want to be able to view programs like NFL on Fox or CBS when I'm not home to watch live (are NFL broadcast signals scrambled to prevent the recording I want to do?).


What I'd like to know:

What reliable device for under $100 would you recommend to act as the digital to analog converter between the HDTV and the VCR?

How would I hook it up, with specifics? Please detail where the converter would go in the device path, what cables and input or output ports I'd use on all the devices in question.

One device I've looked at is the Mediasonic HW-150PVR; would this do the job?
http://www.amazon.com/Mediasonic-HW-...pr_product_top

Thanks a lot for the help.
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I'm unemployed and looking for the lowest cost solution using what I have; yes, someday I'll go the DVR route but not for now.

What I have:

LG 47LM7600 HDTV (digital only)

Comcast DC50X Cable Box (does not have converter)

Sony SLV-799HF VCR (analog only)


What I want to do:

Use the VCR to record TV programs. Don't care if the playback is only SD. Want to be able to view programs like NFL on Fox or CBS when I'm not home to watch live (are NFL broadcast signals scrambled to prevent the recording I want to do?).


What I'd like to know:

What reliable device for under $100 would you recommend to act as the digital to analog converter between the HDTV and the VCR?

How would I hook it up, with specifics? Please detail where the converter would go in the device path, what cables and input or output ports I'd use on all the devices in question.

One device I've looked at is the Mediasonic HW-150PVR; would this do the job?
http://www.amazon.com/Mediasonic-HW-...pr_product_top

Thanks a lot for the help.

What you need is a D->A converter for the digital signal coming into the VCR from the Comcast cable. It must be QAM compatible. You won't find one for $100 or less. Sorry.


Now, if the DC50X had analog A/V outputs that were active all of the time...
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Now, if the DC50X had analog A/V outputs that were active all of the time...
Doesn't the DC50X have a composite output, or at the least RF output?
If it only has HDMI then one could get a HDMI to composite converter for <$50, some even have passthru to run HDMI out to your TV.
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Take your box back to the local cable office and ask for a different one. I'm sure they have some old boxes around with analog. Cost: $0
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I concur with mdavej. Tell your cable company that you want a cable box with a composite output, not HDMI.
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