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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
New member, though I've been visiting for some time. Motivated to buy a hard drive unit, but not clear on one key point. I still have analog cable (Comcast) -- can I watch one show and record another at the same time using a hard drive unit? I've read some stuff about needing two tuners and none having this in the U.S., but I'm not clear. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
post #2 of 11
You can, with an analog setup, record a program on your dvd recorder, while watching another show...on your tv tuner.
Your dvd recorder requires you to send it's signal to your tv via the yellow video, red/white audio inputs, watching the recorder's feed on your tv's line input. You can still watch analog cable, by simply changing the channel of the tv. :)
You can't change the channel on the dvd recorder while it's recording.

You can watch a show that was recorded to the hdd, while recording another. Simply go to your unit's Navigator button-or it's equilavent, and select the already recorded show, and hit play or enter. Recording of the new show is unaffected by any playing back of previously rec'ed shows on the hard drive. You can also watch a dvd in the dvd drive, while recording a show. :)
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks much Westly. That helps clarify quite a bit. Am I right to deduce that you would have had a different answer if I had digital cable? I guess I'll cross that bridge when I ultimately get there. I've been looking at the Humax 800 with TIVO, and the Panasonic's without, maybe getting a good deal on an 85 post holidays. I am not a huge videophile, and will really use primarily as a replacement for a VCR to record and time slip etc. Not positive I'm there yet on the need for Tivo, but thinking about. Any other suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
post #4 of 11
You can't watch one sat/cable channel while recording another unless you have two STB receivers. You could watch OTA and record a different sat/cable or vise versa, but not two of the same unless you have a sat/cable box with two receivers in it.
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
Martins, is your response to my follow up digital cable question or my original analog question? If analog, then I either didn't understand Westly very well or I'm more confused? Thanks.
post #6 of 11
rbcody - No, not a follow up. More of a clairification, I suppose. If by analog, you are refering to OTA then we are in total agreement. Whether he has a HD or not in his DVD has nothing to do with being able to watch and record different channels. That would only allow being able to watch a previously recorded signal while recording another.
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Boy, I'm an educated guy, and fairly technology savvy, but I'm struggling on this one. So are you saying that with standard analog cable, where all my channels including OTA are coming through the cable feed, I would not be able to watch one while recording another? Sorry If I'm coming across as thick.
post #8 of 11
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So are you saying that with standard analog cable, where all my channels including OTA are coming through the cable feed, I would not be able to watch one while recording another?
That's not what (I think) he's saying...The setup in my response is how you'll be able to watch one channel, while recording with the unit.


If you eventually decide to subscribe to digital cable, you will not be able to record a show on one digital channel, while watching another show on another digital channel. (There are some fancier, expensive-ier, digi-cable box/sat recievers with 2 built in tuners, which is what Martins was talking about) ;)

You will be able to record from the digital cable box, while watching regular, plain analog cable, by using a splitter.

Cable wire from wall--->to splitter--->run one cable line to digi box--->run second line to tv.
From digital box--->to dvd recorder. You'll have to set the digi box on the channel you want recorded (btw, some digi boxes have timers that allow you to set it to tune to the channel you want at the specified time), and then watch and record it on the dvd recorder's line input channel.
And to repeat from above, you'll be running yellow video, red/white audio inputs from recorder to tv, watching the recorder's feed on your tv's line input.
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
So bottom line, out of the box, having Comcast analog cable, i will be able to watch any channel and record any channel at the same time with a hard drive unit, correct? Thanks.
post #10 of 11
Correct.
post #11 of 11
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Originally posted by rbcody
So bottom line, out of the box, having Comcast analog cable, i will be able to watch any channel and record any channel at the same time with a hard drive unit, correct? Thanks.
Yes (as others mentioned), but I'll reiterate a point.

At least some (if not all) of the hard drive DVD recorders do not put out a signal on the coax cable -- so you actually end up with less of a spaghetti-wires problem.

cable from wall -> hard drive DVD recorders -> coax out to TV

Then you can use the TV's tuner to watch one thing while the recorder is recording something else.

To watch something from the recorder (a show previously recorded or what it's currently recording, or a DVD), switch your TV to viewing the correct INPUT to watch via the RCA cables or the S-video input.

BTW, if you get a DVD-RAM recorder, you can also watch something else recorded on the DVD-RAM while it's recording something else to the DVD-RAM.. that's somewhat less useful in practice, but still a nice feature.
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