Originally Posted by clio22
There is no option on the TV for a Line 1, only AV1, AV2 and Component
That's the root of your problem. AV1, AV2 and Component are all inputs
to the TV. They allow you to feed a signal into
the TV from a DVD player, cable or satellite box, or other video source. They do not provide a way to get a signal out
of the TV that you can feed into a VCR. Most TVs nowadays have audio
outputs that are intended to feed sound to a stereo system so you can get better sound than with the TV's internal speakers; fewer TVs have video
outputs of any kind.
Can I put a CECB on the digital TV which seems redundant but may be the only way I can record on this DTV?
You're close. You need to connect the CECB to the VCR so that it can serve as the tuner for the VCR. Your TV already has a tuner, so it doesn't need the CECB for that purpose. I would do it as follows:
1. Put a two-way splitter on the antenna cable. It shouldn't cost more than a few dollars at Radio Shack, Lowe's, or wherever.
2. Connect one output of the splitter directly to the TV's antenna input via coax. This feeds your TV's tuner and allows you to watch TV normally.
3. Connect the other output of the splitter to the CECB's antenna input via coax. Then connect the CECB's audio/video outputs (red, white, and yellow jacks) to matching inputs on the VCR. Finally, connect the VCR's audio/video outputs (red, white and yellow again) to a matching set of inputs on the TV. It sounds like your TV has two sets of these inputs, labeled AV1 and AV2.
1. Turn on the TV and set it to whichever input (AV1 or AV2) you've connected to the VCR.
2. Turn on the VCR. Since it doesn't have a tuner, it probably assumes the signal is coming in via the audio/video inputs. If it has more than one set of inputs, you'll have to set it to the one that the CECB is connected to, using some button on the remote.
3. Turn on the CECB. You should be able to see whatever it's receiving, on the TV. Set the channel using the CECB's remote. Start and stop recording using the VCR's remote.
Although the CECB's tuner may seem to be redundant, it does give you the ability to record one channel while watching another one. After you start recording one channel on the VCR, you can set the TV to use its own tuner, and use that to tune the other channel and watch it.
If your TV had a video output that you could feed to your VCR, you'd be limited to recording whatever you were actually watching (or could have actually been watching, anyway).