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Registered: ‎01-31-2019

VCR recording with Smart TV

I have connected a shaw cable box, VCR, and Smart TV.  I am able to play pre-recorded tapes on the TV, but I am unable to record onto the tape.  I have tried several different cable combinations, but I am thinking that what I am trying to do might be impossible because there is no "Video Out" on this ROKU Smart TV.  Is there some set-up that can make this work, or is it impossible?

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Re: VCR recording with Smart TV

Hello, robertt,

 

Welcome to our community! Recording your favorite shows can make it easier to catch up later. We’d be happy to see what suggestions we can make for you.

 

Can you please share the model numbers of the items you have? We’d be happy to take a peek to see what insight we can shed on this for you. Have you checked out our informational guide about Recording Your Favorites? There’s many changes over the last couple of years that make recording TV not as easy for a variety of reasons, but it may still be possible in some cases.

 

Kindly,

Mariah|Social Media Specialist | Best Buy® Corporate
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Re: VCR recording with Smart TV

The issue is that your VCR is old technology and does not have the proper decoder to record from cable TV.  Programs streamed via the Smart TV are going to be encoded that prevent recording by a VCR as you signals are now digital and your VCR only can undestand Analog.

 

What you might be able to do. If your Cable box has a RCA outputs also.  (i.e. Red, yellow, & White) you can connect that to your VCR inputs.  However you will have to select the channel you want to record with the cable box, and not change it.  then manually start recording the program. 

 

Whom is your cable provider?

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Re: VCR recording with Smart TV

Thank-you for the response.  What you suggested was about the second configuration I tried.  When I played back, the smart Tv just gave the message "no signal found".

 

I also tried setting the channel on the VCR and running the co-ax directly into the VCR and out from the VCR to the TV. When I played back, all I got was a grainy blue picture and scratchy noise.

 

I have since learned that what I am trying to do is not possible in combination with a smart tv.  I have to find a set with video out RCA connections.

 

The smart TV I purchased has been returned to Best Buy.  It would have been a great time-saver if the sales person at Best Buy had been knowledgeable enough to tell me of the bat that what I was trying to do would not work.

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Re: VCR recording with Smart TV

you need to run the RCA's from your cable box. The VCR would not be able to decode the TV output.

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Re: VCR recording with Smart TV

Hello,

 

I have tried running RCA from the cable box to the VCR and I still cannot get the VCR to record.  Have you actually done this and gotten it to work, or are you advising me about what should work theoretically?

 

What do you think of the advice to use a DTV converter as shown on https://www.lifewire.com/dtv-converter-vcr-use-3276298?

 

Rob

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Re: VCR recording with Smart TV

As your VCR does not most likey have the proper decoder you need to set the channel on your Cable Box to the channel you want and then start recording on your VCR.  You will need to have your VCR inputs configured properly.

 

Yes I have done this in the past but I gave up on a VCR 15 years ago and went DVR.

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Re: VCR recording with Smart TV

Thanks for getting back.