I recently got Direct tv and the installation guy set it up so I could record. They usually don't and say you can't.
The hitch it that the signal goes into the recorder before it goes to the tv.
I'm not having any trouble with that part. VCR , TV , and DVD must all stay on 3 for the signal to go through. I had a little trouble, called Radio Shack, who told me I had too many things going on. My DVD has to go through a vcr because the tv doesn't have the three connections. Hence-Direct to DVD to vcr to TV.

If anyone out there can suggest an alternavive to the old ABC switch--please let me know. Bobbie