How to Connect a Digital TV to an HDD Recorder

Updated July 20, 2017

A hard disk drive (HDD) DVD recorder is to the 2000s what the VCR was to the 1980s. Like the VCR, HDD recorders allow you to record your favourite TV programs. But unlike the VCR, HDD recorders work by recording those shows to either a recordable DVD or the internal memory of the recorder--meaning you can record a lot more than you can with a VCR. Despite the differences, connecting a HDD recorder is similar to hooking up a VCR.

Disconnect the power cord of the TV and from the HDD recorder from their power source.

Disconnect the coaxial cable from the antenna input on the back of your TV.

Connect the coaxial cable from your wall or antenna into the "Antenna In" jack on the back of the HDD recorder. This jack is located on the back of the HDD recorder on the left hand side, next to the first yellow "Video In" input.

Run a piece of coaxial cable from the "Antenna Out" jack on the HDD recorder to the antenna in jack on the back of your TV.

Connect the yellow, red and white audio/video cables to the "AV Out" jacks on the back of the HDD recorder and into the AV In jacks on your TV.

Plug your HDD recorder and TV into their power sources.


While the location of the jacks may vary from brand to brand, the set-up process for a HDD recorder is similar between brands.

Things You'll Need

  • Coaxial cables
  • Audio/video cables
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Jared Huizenga is a journalist living in Minneapolis where he works for one of the nation's largest weekly newspaper groups, covering city government and school news. While in college he managed two weekly entertainment newspapers in central and southern Minnesota and has contributed to many entertainment websites. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mass communication.