How to Connect a TV to a VCR

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How to Connect a TV to a VCR
This illustration shows how to connect a TV and VCR. (Emerson Audio Video)

Connecting a VCR to a TV is one of those tasks that is easy. But the task tends to frustrate many in the process as it is common for people to connect a cable to the wrong jack on the back of the VCR. Simply put, you want to connect a TV to a VCR for two reasons: 1. So you can record TV programs onto a VHS tape and 2. So you can replay and watch VHS tapes. Here's how you set it up.

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Things you need

  • Coaxial cable--these cables are used to deliver TV signals from satellite and cable TV providers
  • Audio-video cable--these are the red, white and yellow cables that send audio (red and white) and video (yellow) signals to and from electronic devices

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    The Steps

  1. 1

    Find the end of the coaxial cable that is connected to the source of your TV reception. If you have a cable box, see the tips at the end of this article.

  2. 2

    Plug the open end of the coaxial cable connected to your TV source into the "cable in" or "ANT IN" coaxial jack on the back of a VCR.

  3. 3

    Plug one end of a new coaxial cable into the "cable out," "out" or "to TV" coaxial jack on the back of the VCR and then plug the other end into the TV. This connection allows you to change TV channels from your VCR and record TV onto a VHS tape in the VCR.

  4. 4

    Next, plug one end of a set of audio/video (AV) cables into the "audio/video out" jacks on the back of the VCR. (Remember, these are all colour coordinated with the red and white being audio and the yellow as video.)

  5. 5

    Plug the other end of the AV cables into the "audio/video in" jacks on the back of the TV. This connection delivers the picture and sound to your TV when you play a VHS tape in your VCR.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have a cable or satellite box, keep the line connected into the "in" jack connected. Use another coaxial cable to run from the "out" jack into the "in" jack on the back of the VCR.

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