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How do I Connect a Cable Box to a VCR to a TV So Both Can Play Video & Record DVD and VCR?

Updated February 21, 2017

If you are looking to record programming onto either a VCR or DVD, you need a VCR/DVD recorder combo. These devices take in the video signal from a television receiver (such as a cable box receiver) and imprint the information onto either the VHS tape or blank DVD. In order to perform these tasks you need to correctly connect the cable box to your VCR/DVD recorder, and then into a television.

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  1. Plug the RCA audio/video cables into the "Video Out" ports on the cable receiver box. Make sure the colours of the cables match the same colours of the connection ports.

  2. Insert the opposite end of the cables into the "Video In" ports on the VCR/DVD recorder combo. When viewing the cable receiver box the combo device must be set to "VCR."

  3. Connect the second set of RCA audio/video cables into the "Video Out" ports on VCR/DVD recorder combo.

  4. Plug the free ends of the RCA audio/video cables into the "Video In" connection ports on the television.

  5. Power on the television, VCR/DVD recorder combo and the cable receiver box. Push "Input" on the TV's remote control, then choose "Video." The cable box programming appears on the screen.

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Things You'll Need

  • VCR/DVD recorder combo
  • Television
  • Cable box
  • RCA audio/video cables, two sets

About the Author

Greyson Ferguson is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in film and television. He currently resides in Lansing, Michigan where he works on independent film projects and writes for numerous publications. Ferguson primarily focuses on computer and electronic articles. Greyson produces TheDailyUpbeat.com, focusing on only upbeat news stories with daily updates.

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