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Timer Recording with the MDR515H

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I just purchased this unit a few weeks ago because I wanted to be able to use a timer to record cable programs when I'm away or watching something else. I just read in the users manual that if you are hooking this up through your cable, you have to have the tv on the channel that you want to record. Is this true? If so, that's just ridiculous and I will be returning. I bought the unit because I didn't want to pay for dvr service each month. Can anyone answer?

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Your TV should have nothing to do with recording shows on cable TV if you've got everything connected correctly.


If you don't have a cable box, connect the incoming cable coax to the Mag's ANT IN, then coax out from the Mag's ANT OUT to your TV's ANT connection. Then, a separate connection from one of the Mag's outputs (HDMI, Component RGB, S-Video+WR audio, or YWR RCA) to your TV. If using HDMI, you must press the HDMI button on the remote to activate the HDMI circuit for 1st time use... it has four HDMI formats you can choose by pressing multiple times.


Then, of course, you have to do a channel scan in the Mag... Auto Channel Preset > Cable (Analog/Digital) in your case so the Mag can find all available unscrambled cable channels for tuning and recording


The Mag's in/out coax circuit is a built-in amplified splitter that feeds the tuner on one path and downstream components (TV or cable box) on the other path.


You'll only see the raw signal thru the coax to the TV where the TV can tune any channel it wants. The Mag can then tune and record any other unscrambled channel independently, so you can record one channel while watching a diff. channel with the TV's tuner.


If you have a cable box, it's a little more complicated, as shown in Sketch 3 here. Only if recording SCRAMBLED (encrypted) channels from a cable box does the CABLE BOX (not the TV) have to be on the scrambled channel you want to record (since the Mag can't descramble encrypted cable channels).


Click the 1st link in my signature for a list of other info and help files.

Edited by wajo - 3/19/13 at 1:34pm
post #3 of 5
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Wajo ~
Thanks for answering so quickly. I have some work to do smile.gif
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I have a Magnavox 533H and I think I have the same issue. It tells you that you can enter the channel you want to record but, it doesn't appear, I enter the L1 where it tells me to but then there's no way to enter the channel there.
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Apparently, my PM 30 min. ago didn't help.So far, I directed her to the step-by-step procedure. Over and out. 

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