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How to Hook Up a VHS Player to DirectTV

2013-05-02   Views:13

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If you're a DIRECTV user, you can record your favourite programs on a VHS tape by connecting a VCR to a satellite TV receiver with standard RCA audio and video cables. Once this is done, you can record TV broadcasts from your DIRECTV service to a VHS

How to Hook Up a VHS Player to DirectTV

If you're a DIRECTV user, you can record your favourite programs on a VHS tape by connecting a VCR to a satellite TV receiver with standard RCA audio and video cables. Once this is done, you can record TV broadcasts from your DIRECTV service to a VHS tape for playing back at a later date. DIRECTV receivers also feature a "VCR Control Cable" that will allow you to set recording times from your DIRECTV receiver set-up menu.

Skill level:Moderately Easy

Things you need

RCA audio and video cablesDIRECTV VCR Control Cable (optional)Invisible tape (optional)Blank VHS tape (optional)

Instructions

Video Connection

1 Connect a set of RCA audio and video cables to the corresponding colour-coded "Video Out" outputs on the back of your DIRECTV receiver

2 Plug the other end of the RCA audio and video cables to the "Video In" ports on your VCR. If your VCR is mono, you will only have a white colour coded audio input. In this case, connect only the white cable from the RCA audio cables. Leave the red cable unplugged.

3 Turn on your VCR and tune to the "Input" or "Aux" channel. Turn on the DIRECTV receiver and your satellite TV service will operate through the VCR input.

DIRECTV VCR Control Cable (optional)

1 Connect the DIRECTV VCR Control Cable to the "VCR Control" jack on the back of your DIRECTV receiver. This cable is included with your DIRECTV receiver.

2 Find the remote sensor on your VCR. It is often a dark plastic window on the front of the device. If you cannot find it, hold your VCR remote about a half an inch away from the front left side of your VCR. Slowly move the remote control across the front of the VCR and repeatedly tap the "Power" button. When the VCR turns on or off, the sensor will be directly in front of the remote.

3 Place the other end of the DIRECTV VCR Control Cable over the remote sensor on the front of your VCR. Tape it to the remote sensor with invisible tape.

4 Turn the VCR on and insert a blank VHS tape.

5 Press "Setup" on your DIRECTV remote and select "VCR" from the set-up menu with the directional keys on the remote.

6 Highlight your VCR brand from the list displayed on screen and press "Select" on the remote.

7 Select the "Record" button under the "Test" heading on the VCR set-up menu. The VCR should begin recording, if it is compatible with the DIRECTV VCR Control Cable.

8 Select the "Stop" button from the menu. Remove the invisible tape from the other end of the DIRECTV VCR Control Cable. Affix it to the same spot with the mounting sticker supplied with the cable.

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