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Connect 2 DTV converters with VCR, TV

This connection involves two Digital to Analog TV converter boxes to a VCR, and a TV set.
Want to record one TV show while watching another using your older analog TV set and VCR in the new digital only era.


o VHF/UHF Antenna
o Two DTV digital to analog converter boxes
o Analog NTSC TV set.
o Standard VHS stereo VCR.
o Audio/Video RCA cables (1-yellow, 1-red & 1-white audio).
o RF coaxial cables (RG-6).


• built-in stereo speakers

• A/V inputs, including:
• 1 Component video
• 3 composite video (2 rear, 1 front)
• 1 S-video
• RF input for antenna/cable signals
• 1 Audio Out (stereo)


• Standard VHS VCR Hi-Fi Stereo
• RF input; RF output
• Composite audio/video inputs and outputs
• VHF/UHF cable ready tuner
• Video
System NTSC


Audio/Video Composite - x1 (RCA)
RF Antenna - x1 (Coaxial)

Audio/Video Composite - x1 (RCA)
RF (TV Out) - x1 (Coaxial)

Remote Control Yes
Power Requirements 120VAC, 60Hz

Digital to Analog TV Converter box


• RF input; RF Output
• Audio/Video Outputs

Philco converter box

Hook up DIAGRAM - TV, DTV Converter boxes, VCR

Cables Connections and explanation:

A VHF/UHF antenna is used to receive digital TV broadcasts. The input signal is split using a standard signal splitter. If splitting the signal causes problems with reception, then a signal booster may be required or another solution would be to use two antennas.

1. Connect a RF coaxial cable (RG-6) from each of the splitter Outs to the RF Input (ANT In) on each of the DTV converter boxes.

2. One Converter box will use RF Out and the other will use Audio/Video Outs. Connect RF coaxial cable from DTV box (Out to TV) to TV RF Ant Input. Connect the other DTV box A/V Out to the Audio/Video inputs on VCR.

3. VCR will use audio/video OUT to the TV audio/video inputs.

Why would you want this configuration?

o To view TV shows from digital TV broadcasts using analog TV.
o To record TV shows to VHS recorder.
o To watch one TV show while recording another on a VCR.
o Play recordings to TV.

What can you do with this configuration?

o Watch TV, record TV shows and play back

What settings do you need for this configuration?
The TV, VHS recorder will need to be set to the proper input depending on your source. Select proper input source on the TV to watch VHS or broadcast TV. Select proper input source on VCR to record TV. 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.

RF cable OUT from Converter box connects to the TV's Antenna INPUT. The converter box usually outputs on channel 3 or 4 via the RF coaxial connection. Select channel 3 or 4 on the TV to watch local digital TV stations.

When turned ON, the VCR will output on the three RCA cables to the TV. Set the TV to LINE input to view the VCR output. Use INPUT SELECT or VIDEO or AUX button on the TV remote control to select the proper input source.

Example of selecting proper line input:

You want to record a VHS tape on the VCR using A/V inputs and view on the TV.

1. Select L1 line input on the VCR to receive the output from the converter box which is using audio/video (3 RCA) outputs.

2. Select line input on the TV for the VCR's input signal.

TV Channels are selected on the DTV converter box using the remote control for the DTV box. The DTV converter box will output on channel 3 or 4 (VHF) using the RF cable connection and output to the 3 RCA cables audio/video line output. The VCR outputs on line output using 3 RCA cables. VCR must be set to channel 3 or 4 if using the RF coaxial connection.

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