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VCR and Direct TV Satellite Receiver That Has electronic Eye

by janenolan / December 12, 2007 9:43 AM PST

I have a VCR Recorder that is hooked up to my Direct TV Receiver. The VCR has a red "eye" that can take orders from the Direct TV Receiver and turn on the VCR and Tape as well as switch channels. The Direct TV Receiver has a wire that comes from the back of the receiver and sticks on the front of the VCR and this is what tells the VCR to record. My question:

Does anyone know where I can still buy a VCR that has this "electronic eye" or what ever it is called on it?

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Clarification To My Post
by janenolan / December 12, 2007 9:55 AM PST

What is need ia a VCR that has a front "electronic eye" that will allow the Direct TV Receiver to send a message to the VCR to start recording after the Direct TV Guide is scheduled to tape the show.

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That Red Eye
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / December 13, 2007 3:28 AM PST

you refer to is the Infra Red (IR) sensor window, but of course you know that.

Any VCR that is operated with an IR remote control will have one of those windows on the front of it. It may not look quite the same as the one you have now, but it must be there for it to operate from the IR remote that comes with it.

As long as that wire from the DirecTV receiver goes in front of the VCR, and you have the codes entered correctly, it should work. There should be a little dohickey on the end of the wire.

Hope this helps


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Thank You
by janenolan / December 13, 2007 6:27 AM PST
In reply to: That Red Eye

Thank you. I was worried that I would not be able to find a VCR with the IR device.

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