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The components in this setup
consist of a HDTV, a standard NTSC VCR, a NTSC DVD player, a NTSC DVD recorder,
a High Definition ATSC over-the-air TV receiver and a digital free-to-air (FTA)
What capabilities do you want out of the cable
1) You want to watch High-Definition television
provided by the OTA ATSC TV receiver on the HDTV.
2) You want to watch
satellite TV from the FTA satellite TV receiver.
3) You want to be able to
record a TV show from the FTA satellite receiver on the VCR or DVD
4) You want to be able to record a TV show from the ATSC TV
receiver on the VCR or DVD recorder.
5) You want to be able to play a
DVD-Video in the DVD player and watch on the HDTV.
6) You want to be able to
record a DVD on the DVD recorder of a VHS tape from the VCR.
There is no A/V receiver in this
Without an A/V receiver, there will be no decoding of digital
audio (i.e.; no Dolby Digital 5.1 audio) which
could be provided by the
DVD player or the ATSC TV receiver or the FTA digital satellite
The FTA satellite TV receiver has the following
RF, RCA composite video, S-video, RCA analog stereo audio,
SPDIF digital audio.
The VCR and the DVD recorder have RF inputs
and outputs and RCA composite A/V inputs and outputs.
The HDTV has a RF
input, a DVI input, analog stereo audio inputs, two RCA composite video
component video input and S-video input.
TV receiver has a DVI output, analog stereo audio outputs, a composite video
output, S-video output,
component video output, SPDIF digital audio
output and a RF input.
The DVD player has composite, S-video and
component video outputs plus SPDIF audio and analog audio outputs.
You need the following cables:
Three RF coax
Four RCA A/V composite (3) cables.
One DVI cable (or HDMI cable).
One pair of
stereo audio RCA cables.
watch over-the-air terrestrial TV.
Connect the DVI cable from
the ATSC TV receiver's DVI output to the HDTV DVI input. This provides High-Def
video. Next connect a pair of stereo RCA audio cables (red and white) from the
analog audio output of the ATSC TV receiver to the HDTV analog audio input. This
provides sound to the HDTV. The DVI and stereo audio cables allow a "TV watching
only" mode involving the ATSC receiver and the HDTV.
Just watch free-to-air satellite TV.
connect a RF coax cable from the FTA satellite receiver RF output (TV OUT) to
the RF input of the VCR. Connect another RF coax cable from the VCR's RF output
to the DVD recorder's RF input. Now connect another RF coax cable from the DVD
recorder's RF output to the HDTV's RF input. These connections provide a TV
signal from the FTA satellite TV receiver to the HDTV. The VCR and the DVD
recorder will "pass thru" the signal over the RF cables when not turned on.
Since the FTA satellite receiver outputs on channel 3 (RF coax cable), set the
TV to channel 3.
Record FTA satellite TV on the
VCR or DVD recorder.
Select a channel on the FTA satellite
receiver. The satellite receiver outputs the RF signal on channel 3 or 4
whichever one you select. Let's say we're going to use channel 3. By setting the
VCR to channel 3 and the DVD recorder to channel 3 and the HDTV to channel 3,
you can record the source signal on VHS or DVD. The VCR outputs to the DVD
recorder so you have to be sure to select channel 3 for all inputs. Make sure
the VCR output is on channel 3.
over-the-air terrestrial TV on the VCR or DVD recorder.
a channel on the OTA tuner. If the program is High-Definition you cannot record
the High-Def signal on a standard NTSC VCR or standard NTSC DVD recorder.
However, the OTA TV tuner will convert the signal and output to the lower
resolution jacks such as composite video. Connect a RCA composite video cable
and two analog audio cables (red and white) from the ATSC tuner's outputs to the
VCR's line inputs. Yellow to yellow, red to red and white to white. Now connect
another 3 cable RCA composite A/V set from the VCR's line output to the DVD
recorder's line inputs. Now connect another 3 cable RCA composite A/V set from
the DVD recorder's line output to the HDTV composite A/V line input. By
connecting these analog audio and video cables from the ATSC receiver all the
way thru to the TV, you can record to the VCR or the DVD recorder and watch on
the TV. You must select the proper LINE INPUT on the VCR and the DVD recorder
and the TV. Use L1 (line one) consistently and you will be able to get a signal
where you want it to be. This setup allows VHS tapes (non-commercial) to be
copied to blank recordable DVD on the DVD recorder.
Watch DVD-Video or listen to CD using DVD player.
Connect the DVD player to the HDTV using a composite video cable and two
RCA analog audio cables. Connect a yellow composite video cable from the DVD
player's composite video output to a second line input on the HDTV. Connect a
pair of analog audio cables (red and white) from the DVD player's stereo audio
output to the same secondary line input on the HDTV. By selecting the L2 line
input on the TV, you can watch movies or listen to CD music on the TV. If the
HDTV is only a monitor and has no speakers, you can hookup the audio to a stereo
system receiver AUX input or A/V receiver or amplifier with loudspeakers.
2-Way, IR Remote Controlled,
2-Input RF remote switch with infrared remote
Satellite frequency rated.
Use to switch RF coaxial cables.
RF switch at this site.
A/B Radio Frequency switcher
These IR remote controlled RF A/B selectors are used for switching between A
and B coax cables, or between two TV antennas, or between RF outputs of two
VCR's, satellite boxes, or cable boxes. The box connects to standard 75 ohm
coaxial cable with F-connectors.
The IR Remote control sequences the power between ON and OFF. The other
button sequences between inputs A and B. When power is turned off, the unit
returns to the B selection. Letters on the front of the unit illuminate to tell
you which cable is selected.
If you plan to use an automated IR controller to operate the unit, keep in
mind it does not have an explicit command for selecting A or B. To get around
this, you can sequence the power OFF and ON with an appliance or other switching
module. This will reset it to the B cable.Columbia
ISA - Empowering consumers thru
Remote Controlled A/B Switches
for RF coaxial cables approximate cost is around $34.95