Originally Posted by kevinjts
Thanks for your reply. I am getting prem channels that I pay for(notPPV). What I want to know is if I can run the 513 through the cable box and then to the tv: b). if the 513 will allow the recording of multible events without having to attend to setting the cable box to the channel to record. That is what I currently do with my dvd recorder. I cannot watch another program at the same time either. Thanks
Yes, if you run the incoming cable coax to the 513 (515 is superior unit), then coax out to the cable box, scan for channels in the 513, you'll be able to "pick off" (tune) any unscrambled channels you receive. Whatever channels your old DVD recorder can tune are the same as the 513 IF THAT OLD RECORDER HAS A DIGITAL TUNER. If it doesn't, your 513 should tune even more channels... at least the HD versions of all local channels you could receive by antenna (FCC Rule).
I get 61 analog channels and 15 digital/HD channels in my BASIC BORADCAST cable sub., which would not normally include the 15 digitals.
Your 513/515 will then be able to independently timer record any of the channels it tunes. Any channels still scrambled would be tuned by the cable box and can be recorded by the 513/515 thru a "line connection" from the box back to the 513/515. See Sketch 3 in this help file on Connections,
which might help.
If you also run coax from the cable box to the TV, and the cable box has coax passthru like the 513/515 you'll be able to record an unscrambled channel on the 513/515 while watching a diff. channel tuned by your TV.
If you have to "engage" the cable box to record a scrambled
channel, I assume the box might only send that channel down the coax to the TV if the box doesn't have coax passthru, like the 513/515.
If the box doesn't pass the signal thru its coax, like the 513/515, I suppose an option would be to run the coax from the 513/515 (instead of the box) to the TV, which would allow coax passthru so you could watch a TV channel separate from either the 515 or the box?
All TV watching notes assume it also has a digital tuner for tuning the signal coming thru the coax. It also depends on you making the line connection of your choosing from the 513/515 to your TV, as shown in Sketch 3... nothing internal (menus, HDD titles, DVDs, etc.) are sent thru the coax... the coax just passes whatever signal it receives, SD or HD, thru the 513/515, slightly amplified, to downstream components (cable box or TV).
Bottom line: the 513/515 will do what you basically want and you can most likely work out the downstream connections for your best advantage and desires for watching while recording.