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I know this does not relate to HD, but this forum seems to be the most knowledgeable. I have a Dish 5000 with HD Modulator, which I use a HiPix to record HD content. SOmetimes, however, I also want to record NTSC content onto my S-VHS VCR. I understand that somehow my Dish 5000 can tell my VCR to start recording. But how? Is there supposed to be an IR blaster? Mine did not have one. How does it get the signal to start recording??


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There's a built-in IR blaster on the face of the 5000.

It's bounce its light off of everything in the room,

reflecting back to your VCR (as long as it's not blocked

from receiving light). It's very powerful.


Get into the System Setup menu, Installation, VCR Setup.

You'll be asked for the 3-digit code of your analog VCR

which hopefully is supported by its code base. It'll walk

you through a test as well.


When you program timer events, you can select "VCR" or

"auto-tune". VCR is what you want, and you must do the

following: (1) put a tape in the VCR, and (2) leave it

powered on. One of the characteristics of the DISH

approach to VCR control is to only facilitate RECORD/STOP.

The POWER ON/OFF functions are not supported. This is the

opposite of how DirectTV receivers work, where you must

leave the VCR turned off, as the event timer pushes POWER

ON first.


You may or may not like this, depending on what you get

used to. It does, however, allow you to be watching

something through your VCR line inputs to the TV line inputs

when an event activates. And it will automatically start

recording after tuning to the event channel. This is a

good thing, by my reasoning, as you won't lose an event

just because you were watching TV on some other channel

when the event activates.



If you're going out of town, you probably won't want to

leave your VCR powered on the whole time. I always set my

5000 events to be "auto-tune" in this case (to inhibit the

IR blaster from accidentally interfering with my VCR) and

manually set my VCR to record at the specified event times.


I know this is a bit contrary to one-button mode which I

use on a daily basis for my analog VCR. But I don't want

to leave my VCR powered on for 1-2 weeks when I'm away.
 

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DSperber,


Thanks for the GREAT info. I cannot believe that my manual for the 5000 does not describe in any way how this worked.


Bob
 
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