Originally Posted by lsulli
Any other helpful hints would be most appreciated!!
As Joe Kustra requested, temporarily connect the cable from the wall directly to your TV and do a channel scan. This will tell you whether or not your DVDR can tune any channels directly. If successful, the cabling you have now could be acceptable to allow the DVDR to tune channels directly, depending on your expectations.
If the TV cannot tune any channels, then the DVDR won't be able to either. That does not make the DVDR completely useless. It's possible to send the analog output from the cable box to the DVDR so that you can use the DVDR to make recordings or simply time shift. Most cable boxes disable one set of outputs or the other, so that when one is connected to anything, another cannot get video from it. If this is the case, then output from the box has to be run through a splitter to reach both TV and DVDR. If the HDMI is to be used for the TV, then the splitter must be a HDMI splitter, which cannot be connected directly to the DVDR. A HDMI to analog converter must then be used in between. splitter and DVDR.
Finally, the DVDR is not useless. It can tune free OTA channels. Depending on your location, you might be able to get anywhere between just a few, and up to possibly 100 or more. Where I live somewhere between 30 & 40 are always available. How much antenna is required for free TV depends on location, anywhere between $10 and upwards of $1000, depending on distance and terrain between you and transmitters. Nobody needs
to pay monthly subscription fees for access to commercial TV.
The DVDR can also be connected to adapters to record from streaming devices, such as Roku and Firestick, and, without any adapters, to hundreds of free satellite TV channels.