How Do I Connect a Panasonic DVD/VCR Player With a TV Converter Box?

Updated April 17, 2017

If you enjoy digital television through a converter box, you can get the most from it by recording your favourite movies and TV shows on your Panasonic DVD/VCR recorder. The output from the digital converter box can be saved to the recorder's hard disk, a recordable DVD disk or a video cassette. Hooking up your Panasonic DVD/VCR recorder to the converter box is a straightforward task that requires no tools and takes just a few minutes.

Switch off your TV, converter box and the Panasonic DVD/VCR player. Unplug all of the equipment from the power outlets. Turn the converter box and TV set so that you can access behind them easily.

Identify the coaxial cable leading from the converter box to the television set. Unplug this cable from the "Antenna" or "Input" socket on the television and plug it into the "Antenna" or "Input" socket on the Panasonic recorder.

Connect one end of the new coaxial cable fly-lead into the "Output" socket on the Panasonic recorder. Plug the other end of this cable into the "Antenna" or "Input" socket on the TV set. The signal from the converter box now runs to the recorder as well as your TV set.

Plug all of your equipment back into the AC power supply and switch on the TV set, the converter box and the Panasonic DVD/VCR recorder.

Select "Menu" on the TV remote control. Choose "Setup" and "Tuning" or "Channels." This procedure will tune a spare channel to the Panasonic recorder so that you can watch recorded TV shows.


All digital converter boxes and Panasonic DVD/VCR recorders come with basic coaxial cable connections; however, some models include advanced connection options for superior video and audio quality. Optional cables may include S-video connectors (red, white and yellow cables) and HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) connections for high-definition converter boxes. Check the manuals for the converter box and recorder and always choose the connection that offers the highest video and audio quality.


When recording from the converter box, remember to leave the box on the channel that you wish to record.

Things You'll Need

  • Coaxial cable fly-lead
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