How do you record off direct tv standard (no HD) receiver to tv/vcr combo?

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How do you record off direct tv standard (no HD) receiver to tv/vcr combo?

I have a TV/VCR combo hooked to the standard no HD receiver. I can set up the timer on the tv/vcr but it doesn't record. I tried leaving the receiver on and off, doesn't work.

Anybody know how to do this?? Thanks!!

SPower

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Employee

Re: How do you record off direct tv standard (no HD) receiver to tv/vcr combo?

you want to connect the SD receiver with composite cables (yellow, red and white RCA type ) then set up the VCR to the corresponding input, (LINE 1 or 2 or AUX 1 or 2)

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ACE - Expert

Re: How do you record off direct tv standard (no HD) receiver to tv/vcr combo?

The typical setup to record from your DirecTV Reciever/DVR to a VCR or DVD recorder is:

 

* DirecTV Receiver/DVR Audio/Video Output -> matching TV A/V Input (e.g. INPUT1)

* DirecTV Receiver/DVR A/V Output -> matching DVD/VCR Recorder A/V Input

* DVD/VCR Recorder A/V Output -> matching TV A/V Input (e.g. INPUT2)

Use the TV's Input/Source Selector Function to switch between the DirecTV receiver and VCR/DVD Recorder.  To record on the DVD/VCR Recorder, select the DirecTV Receiver/DVR Input on the recorder, set the DirecTV Receiver/DVR to the channel to record (or play a recording to copy on a DVR), and start recording on your DVD/VCR Recorder.

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Mentor

Re: How do you record off direct tv standard (no HD) receiver to tv/vcr combo?

Like I mentioned, I have standard box, no HD no DVR! Just trying to record off tv/vcr.

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Mentor

Re: How do you record off direct tv standard (no HD) receiver to tv/vcr combo?

Its all connected, that is the easy part. It just doesn't start recording at the scheduled time. Any ideas??

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Employee

Re: How do you record off direct tv standard (no HD) receiver to tv/vcr combo?

Well you have to set the timer on the VCR

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Mentor

Re: How do you record off direct tv standard (no HD) receiver to tv/vcr combo?

Wow! No kidding?? Come on I am not that stupid!

It is connected

The timer is set

Tried leaving the receiver on - didn't work

Set receiver to channel I want to record - didn't work

Don't know what else to try to get it to work

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Mentor

Re: How do you record off direct tv standard (no HD) receiver to tv/vcr combo?

Forgot to mention....with tv and receiver on I can hit record and it will record. Just isn't recording using the timer which is what I really would like to do.

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ACE - Expert

Re: How do you record off direct tv standard (no HD) receiver to tv/vcr combo?

What exactly is not working?  What exactly happens at the desired programmed recording time? 

If the VCR isn't starting to record at the programmed time, then the problem is with the VCR.  Of course, the DirecTV Receiver must be ON so that the video signal is available when the VCR starts to record. 

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Expert

Re: How do you record off direct tv standard (no HD) receiver to tv/vcr combo?

The current model Directv receivers do not have any automatic "record to VCR" feature like the old models.  The receiver must be on the desired channel, turned on and playing for there to be any signal for the VCR to record.  Most folks simply use a DVR as it is all automatic and works like a charm.

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Re: How do you record off direct tv standard (no HD) receiver to tv/vcr combo?

This is for everyone.  According to technical support at DirecTV, this is not possible.  They are trapping anyone who wishes to record any shows into having to pay $10 per month for the DVR feature on the satellite receiver.  Of course, this feature only lets you record two shows at a time.  It costs even more per month for the Genie.

DOES THIS SEEM RIGHT!!!!!!

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ACE - Expert

Re: How do you record off direct tv standard (no HD) receiver to tv/vcr combo?

There really no comparison between using an HD DVR and manually recording stuff from a plain Receiver to a VCR/DVD Recorder.   It's MUCH more convenient to have that functionality built inside a true DVR.  And there's no way to record HiDef channels.

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Re: How do you record off direct tv standard (no HD) receiver to tv/vcr combo?

That's just it. DirecTV will only allow you to manually record. There is no option to set up timer recordings. They are holding you hostage because of the lack of this option.

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ACE - Expert

Re: How do you record off direct tv standard (no HD) receiver to tv/vcr combo?

Not sure I follow your point, marblekitty.  Standard Receivers do have an "Autotune" feature that will set the Receiver to the desired channel at the desired time.  That feature, coupled with the VCR/DVD Recorder's timer, enables automate recordings between the Receiver and VCR/DVD Recorder.   Still not nearly as convenient as a combined DVR, however.

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Re: How do you record off direct tv standard (no HD) receiver to tv/vcr combo?

According to DirecTV, they don't have this feature.

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