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Cable TV Hookup Diagrams
  1. Cable Ready VCR TV Hookup without cable box


  2. Cable Box VCR TV Hookup with cable box


  3. Antenna/Cable TV Hookup


  4. Antenna/Cable Hookup


  5. Picture In Picture (PIP)


  6. Picture In Picture (PIP) 2 boxes


  7. Stereo TV, VCR/DVD, Cable box, DVD Player

 

There are many ways to connect Cable Converter boxes, TVs, VCR and DVD recorders depending on what you want to accomplish and what resources you have available. (A standard DVD recorder can be substituted anywhere you see a VCR in the images below).

 

Cable Ready (Analog) VCR TV Hookup without Cable box

Only for Basic Cable TV Service subscribers who choose not to have a receiver box. 
(a receiver box is necessary to order a Pay-Per-View movie or a premium movie channel.)

    1. One cable from the wallplate connects directly into the VCR

    2. Cable from the "out" on the VCR, connects to the ANT/RF "IN" on the TV.

    3. TV is usually set on channel 3 or 4.

 

    All modern VCRs are analog cable ready. 
    (Note: For digital cable, a de-scrambler cable box would be required.)

 

    Only for Basic cable subscribers.

    Cannot order PPV or premium cable services.

To Record:
Select channel to be recorded on the VCR and press the record button.

To Playback:
Playback as you would normally with the VCR.

VCR TV Hookup with Cable box

(a receiver box is necessary for Pay-Per-View or premium channels.)

    1. One cable from the wall-plate connects into the cable box.

    2. Cable from the "out" on the cable box, connects to the ANT "IN" on the VCR.

    3. Cable from the "OUT" on the VCR connects to the ANT/RF "IN" on the TV.

 

    VCR is set to channel 3 or 4 and channels are selected on the cable box. 
    (Note: For digital cable, a de-scrambler cable box would be required.)

 

    For cable TV subscribers who want PPV or premium channels.

    TV is usually set to channel 3 or 4.

To Record:
Select channel to be recorded on the Cable box and press the VCR record button.

To Playback:
Playback as you would normally with the VCR.

 

Antenna/Cable TV Hookup 
for both Broadcast viewing & Cable recording


This hookup uses an A/B switch to change from cable to antenna. This setup allows the recording of a cable TV channel tuned on the receiver box, while viewing an off-air (broadcast network) channel from the antenna.

A/B switchbox



 Features:

    1. Allows viewing of any channel tuned to and authorized for the receiver box with the A/B switch in the "A" position.

    2. Off-air (broadcast) channels can be viewed with the A/B switch in the "B" position while the VCR simultaneously records any channel tuned to and authorized for the receiver box.

    3. VCR playback is possible with the A/B switch in the "A" position.

     

Connection Notes:

To view cable TV channels:

    1. Place the A/B switch in the "A" position.

    2. Set your TV on channel 3 and view channels via your receiver box.

To view off-air (broadcast) channels:

    1. Place the A/B switch in the "B" position.

    2. Change channel on TV from 3 to the off air-station you wish you view.

 

Antenna/Cable TV Hookup with A/B box to VCR

This hookup uses an A/B switch connected to the output line of the cable TV receiver box and an antenna. You can record a cable TV channel tuned on the cable box, or record an off-air (broadcast) channel from your antenna. Recording off the antenna allows use of the VCR's timer feature to tape off-air channels in sequence while you're away.


Features:

    1. Recording of any channel tuned to and authorized for the receiver box is possible with the A/B switch in the "A" position. The VCR timer record is available for one channel one time record.

    2. Allows for automatic unattended recording of several off-air (broadcast) channels using a programmable VCR with the A/B switch in the "B" position.

 

    1. Viewing one channel while recording another cable channel is not an option

    2. It's not possible to record cable channels while watching off-air (broadcast) channels with this hookup.

Connection Notes:

To record cable TV channels:

    1. Place the A/B switch in the "A" position.

To record off-air (broadcast) channels:

    1. Place the A/B switch in the "B" position.

    2. Follow owner's manual procedures for recording from an antenna

Playback:

    a. Put the VCR/TV switch on "VCR."

    b. Playback as you would normally with the VCR.

 

Picture-In-Picture  (PIP)

This setup uses a splitter with one output connected to the cable box and RCA audio/video cables connected from the audio/video output of the VCR to the audio/video inputs on the TV. This allows viewing of any channel on the main TV screen while monitoring a basic channel in the smaller picture on the same TV. The TV must have both RF and RCA A/V inputs and be PIP capable. More information on PIP picture-in-picture


Features:

    1. Allows viewing of any channel from the receiver box on the main screen while monitoring any basic channel on the small screen of the TV.

    2. It's possible to watch any basic channel while simultaneously recording any channel tuned to and authorized for the receiver box.

    3. Any channel from the receiver box can be viewed and recorded.

    4. A video tape on the main screen can be played at the same time any basic channel is monitored on the small screen of the TV.

 

    1. Two separate premium channels cannot be viewed on both the main and smaller screen.

     

To Record:

    1. Select the channel to be recorded on the receiver box.

    2. Set the VCR according to normal VCR procedures for your equipment. Leave the VCR tuned to channel 3 and make sure the receiver box remains "on" while recording.

To Activate PIP:

    1. When you turn on the receiver box and TV, you will be able to receive the basic channels. You can control these channels by using the TV remote control.

    2. Press the PIP button to activate PIP. A smaller version of the same picture should now show on the TV screen.

    3. Then press the SOURCE button until the channel tuned to on the receiver box appears in the small picture. These channels can be controlled using the receiver remote.

    4. Press the SWAP button to interchange the big and small pictures.

 

Picture-In-Picture with two receiver boxes

This hookup uses two receiver boxes and audio/video cables connected from the audio/video output of the VCR to the audio/video input on the TV. Any channel on the main TV screen can be viewed while any other channel in a smaller picture can be monitored on the same TV. The TV must have both RF and RCA A/V inputs and be PIP capable.


Features:

    1. Any channel tuned to and authorized for the receiver box can be viewed on the main screen while any other channel tuned to and authorized for the second receiver box can be monitored on the small screen of the TV.

    2. Allows viewing of any channel tuned to and authorized for the receiver box while simultaneously recording any other channel tuned to and authorized for the second receiver box.

    3. Any channel from the receiver box can be watched and recorded.

    4. A video tape can be played on the main screen while monitoring any channel on the small screen of the TV.

 

     

To Record:

 



 
  HDTV, Cable Box and VCR Hookup Wiring Diagram

This hookup diagram shows how to connect cable box to HDTV for High-Definition and also to be able to record to a VCR. An added benefit is the capability to record or archive TV programs from a DVR to the VCR.



 Sound must go to the VCR and the TV so use two RCA splitters, one for the left and one for the right stereo connections to the VCR and the TV. Most cable boxes have only one analog sound output so you need the RCA splitters for two sound destinations.

 


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