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Connect Satellite TV, VCR, DTV, TV, DVD player

This connection involves a digital to analog TV converter, NTSC TV, DVD player, satellite TV receiver and VCR. You have both satellite TV and broadcast TV signals with the ability to record both on VCR, plus a DVD player connected to analog (NTSC) television set.

Many satellite TV receivers have the ability to pass thru broadcast TV, allowing you to connect an antenna to a RF input on the satellite receiver. You turn off the satellite box or press a button on the remote control to switch from satellite TV to broadcast TV.

For digital broadcast TV, you need a DTV converter box which will give you your selected channel output on VHF channel 3 or 4. Because of this, you need a switch to go from satellite TV to digital broadcast TV. You can get a "A/B switch" which will switch two sources or a "A/B/C switch" which will switch 3 sources. These can be manual or remote controlled switches. The switch has 2 (or 3) RF inputs and a RF output. You use the same coaxial cables to connect to the switch as cable/satellite TV boxes.


o Analog TV
o Digital to analog TV converter box
o DVD Player
o Satellite TV receiver
o Audio/Video RCA cables (1-yellow, 1-red & 1-white audio).
o RF coaxial cables (RG-6).
o A/B switch


• built-in stereo speakers
• A/V inputs, including:
• composite video
• RF input for antenna/cable signals

DVD Player

• Standard DVD Player
• Composite audio/video outputs
• Video
System NTSC

DTV converter box

Takes broadcast digital TV signals and converts to analog
Outputs - composite audio/video, and RF.
Input - RF.

Satellite TV Receiver box

Dish Network 3900 - TV ANTENNA/CABLE IN (RF OR VHF) Connect your broadcast TV antenna or cable TV connection to switch between satellite programming and your local or cable TV. When the satellite receiver is turned OFF or you press the TV/ Video button on the remote, you have access to your local TV stations from this connection.

TV/VIDEO button on remote control - If you connect the satellite receiver using only the RF or VHF connections, use this button, in satellite mode, to switch between the receiver and an alternate video source such as cable or broadcast TV antenna input. (It will switch to the device routed into the ‘TV Antenna Cable In’.)

Outputs: composite audio/video and RF


• analog audio input/output
• analog video input
• analog video output
• RF input and output

A/B switch

These small switches are inexpensive if you get a manual switch, usually only a $3 to $7. Hook up the two leads from satellite output and broadcast TV output to the two RF inputs and then one from the RF output to VCR or TV RF input. Then, when you want to switch from satellite TV to broadcast TV, just flip the switch from one position to the other.

Hook up DIAGRAM - Satellite TV, Broadcast TV, VCR, TV, DVD Player

Audio Video Connections and cables

Cables Connections and explanation:

Over-the-air TV broadcasts and satellite TV service are used to receive TV signals.

1. Connect antenna to RF input on DTV converter box.

2. Connect RF coaxial cable (RG-6) from DTV converter box "OUT TO TV" on the DTV converter box to the A/B switch RF input. Connect satellite TV box RF output to A/B switch RF input. Output will be VHF channel 3 or 4

3. Connect A/B switch RF output to RF/ANT input on VCR. VCR must be set to channel 3 or 4.

4. Connect RF coaxial cable (RG-6) from VCR RF output to TV RF/VHF input. TV has to be set to channel 3 or 4. When VCR is powered off, the signal should pass-thru to the TV which should be set to channel 3 or 4.

5. Connect audio/video (yellow, white, red) cables from DVD player composite output to TV inputs. TV is set to LINE/AUX to view DVD.

This hook up diagram shows connections for analog broadcast TV

Why would you want this configuration?

o To view TV shows from satellite or broadcast TV.
o Play DVD-Video to TV.
o Record TV shows to VCR from broadcast or satellite TV.

What can you do with this configuration?

o Watch TV, Record TV, watch DVD-Video

What settings do you need for this configuration?

The TV will need to be set to the proper input depending on your source. Select proper input source on the TV to watch TV or DVD. The input sources can be selected usually by using the remote control buttons for the respective devices. Buttons such as LINE or VIDEO or AUX or INPUT SELECT or an actual channel such as 93 or 00 or 99 depending on your brand. Consult owner's manual here.

TV Channels are selected on the DTV converter box using the remote control for the box. Satellite TV channels are selected on the satellite receiver using the remote for the SAT receiver.

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