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Does anyone know how to setup a Panasonic DVR Recorder?

by lsutiger1001 / June 22, 2008 12:23 PM PDT

Im not sure if this is the right forum to post this, so please tell me if I need to be in a different one. Ive been trying for hours to set this up, and cant seem to get it working. I have HD Cable, but I know the HD cannot be recorded onto a DVD. The Cable Box allows me to get, lets say, channels 1-300 (none being in HD, the HD ones are 700s). If I did not have the cable box, I would get about 1-80.

I was able to setup the equipment and record any channel 1-80 (the ones I can get without the cable box). I tried then tuning the DVR to channel 115 and it would not find it in the DVR. Is there a way to set it up and record those extra 220 channels that I can only get through my cable box? Ive been researching and looking for answers and keep finding various different responses. Some say its not possible, some say its possible with an A/B switch, some say I can do it, but I wont be able to watch another channel while recording, some say I can record and watch another channel, some say I need to split the cable signals. Its all very confusing. I guess my question is, how can I setup the equipment to allow me to record the channels I can get only through my cable box, and still watch another channel while recording?

I'll be as detailed as possible:

I have a Panasonic DMR-EZ27 Recorder. The plugs on back consist of:
RF In
RF Out
1 set of Component Video (Green, Blue, Red)
2 Sets A/V In (Red, White, Yellow)
1 Set A/V Out (Red, White, Yellow)
1 HDMI AV Out
1 Optical
2 S Video

I have a Cox Cable HD Cable Box. The back consists of:
RF "To TV/VCR"
RF "Cable In"
S Video
Optical
1 Set A/V Out (Red, White, Yellow)
1 Set A/V In (Red, White, Yellow)
1 SPDIF (Orange)
1 Component Set (Green, Blue, Red)

I have a brand new Sony TV with bunches of plugs in the back that will all match up to what I have on the DVR and the Cable Box.

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does anyone know how to setup a panasonic DVR recorder
by bt13 / June 22, 2008 12:53 PM PDT

first off i would rather get a dvr cable box, it makes it a whole lot easier. but the only way i found to record using a cable box and a dvd recorder is this. if cox cable is anything like comcast cable you can't use component and rca's cables coming out of the cable box at the same time. theres some kind of block on it. so you would have to split the cable. 1 going to the cable box and 1 going to the dvr. which you can only record

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by bt13 / June 22, 2008 12:57 PM PDT

basic cable. i haven't found any other way but if there is i would really like to know.

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My guess is that ...
by ahtoi / June 23, 2008 3:13 AM PDT

you will not be able to record the extra 220 channels and watch other channels at the same time. Have you tried recording the extra channel (using composite connection (yel,red,wht))? This is for the EXTRA channels; then you get another DVR and connected as before and handle the the other channels the old way.

Doesn't the cable co. have dvr that will cover those extra channels? My guess is that extra charges will be in involve though.

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