Originally Posted by rta53
Do you have a DirecTV DVR? I have my DTV DVR, a Panasonic Blue-Ray player, and a Magnavox DVR all connected via HDMI. Couldn't be easier. Also have a Wii that uses a component connection. The TV will automatically recognize all these connections when each of them is powered on. Even a cave man can do it.
Originally Posted by endgame011
After a great deal of research and on-site visual examination, I've decided that this is the television of choice for me and plan on leaving work tonight and making the purchase. I only have one real dread, hooking it all up. I plan to purchase a sound bar, I have an XboxKinnect (or shall we say the Mrs. does) a DVD/VHS combo recorder and Directv. The salesperson hints that all I should have to do is use HDMI cables and probably an RCA cable if the soundbar says it needs it. Does any of this sound like a reason to anticipate difficulties?
Keep in mind this whole upgrade started because my wifes old combo dies and the new one didn't have an antenna in/antenna out on it. Added a digital converter to try to get the darn thing to actually recognize the old tv (hooked up to Directv) and it'll play both, just can't record. Hence......new system! Way of the world, eh? Thanks for advance for any helpful hints and particularly encouragement.
Well this caveman threw his hands up in frustration. I'm giving it another go on my own tonight, but let me share the brief details. Suffice to say I am a very easy going guy, but right now I was so frustrated with Samsung's Tech Support, I actually told them "Look, I can hear the frustration in your voice, which doesn't equal half what I'm experiencing, so I'm just done talking for now. I'll call back." Not like me at all.
As noted, I have all Samsung equipment: Soundbar, TV, and DVD/VHS recorder, along with the DirecTV and an XBox Kinnect. After reporting that I was not able to record with my unit (tunerless, and I was reading about that in the manual while I had them on the phone) I was basically told I needed to unhook my soundbar from the DirecTV box and use RCA cables whenever I'd want to record. Ridiculous. Tried to read them their own manual that talked about using RCA cables, but in conjunction with an RF cable and somehow setting a control/set top box code blah blah blah....
When I told her (a team leader no less) that with all Samsung equipment, it seemed illogical that I would have to disconnect a soundbar to be able to record, she said, "Sir, I'm telling you the correct way!" Right. The correct way is to disconnect something to use another???? Cmon.
ANYway, dug up the old RF modulator with the RCA cables already attached to it that my previous recorder used (however it had an antenna in/out) and going to hook it up directly to the recorder and presumably the coaxial that comes out of it should go to the TV IN on the new Samsung TV. (?) I'm still not sure how the recorder is going to know what channel it's recording, but I can't see going through that set top protocol and trying umpteen codes and probably find out it won't work anyway. That last line of the manual basically says "who knows if this will work in all cases?"
Last option. Pitch and return the Samsung recorder and spend the extra $100 bucks plus and get a Panasonic with a tuner already in it?? I don't know. I'm ready to pull my hair out and there ain't that much left.
Thanks for the ear guys, just very very frustrated. I'll check in next day or two and see if there are any responses or if I can provide any more information that will let me be helped better than the company could. Not happy. I'm either plain stupid, the company is at least that ignorant or uncaring, or a combination of both. Just doesn't make sense.