Originally Posted by Borath
Cool, would you know what are the cables that comes with the Philips 3575/3576? Curious what additional cables I need to buy or if it'll work out of the box w/ the cables included inside. Thanks. I'm new to this stuff, so the last two paragraphs were a bit tough to follow.
Also can it do the following things:
1. Record while watching live tv
2. Record two programs while watching another recorded one
3. Record two programs while watching live tv
Yes, No and No. The 3575/3576/2160 have only one tuner, so they can only record one program at a time.
If you have cable or over-the-air (OTA) antenna, you can connect the 3575/3576 or the Magnavox H2160 as shown in sketch #1 here
, then you can watch a channel on the TV while the DVDR is recording a different channel.
If you have satellite service (Dish or DirecTV), you'd connect as shown in sketch #2, then you could record any channel from the sat receiver/DVR, which would tie up both machines for that one recording (altho you could still watch something from the DVDR HDD or a DVD while recording). But, with the "Optional" antenna (even rabbit ears) or cable feed shown, you could also watch one channel on the TV while recording a diff. channel, same as described above for sketch #1. Still only able to record one program at a time from any source.
With any of these DVDRs, you can always watch something from the HDD or on DVD disc while recording a program on the HDD.
P.S. The cables that come with the 3575/3576/2160 are those "spaghetti-thin" cables that'll work to get you started. In that linked help file I gave above, there's some discussion on the cabling you'll prob. want eventually.