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The Sony (or any other recorder for that matter) does not and cannot record from HDMI. HDMI is copyright protected by it's very nature and unable to be recorded from. The HDMI out is to send the AV signal TO the TV- nothing more. The protocol for recording on the Sony is to plug a device (it does not record directly from the TV- only an external source- like a cable box), into the Red, White and Yellow "Audio/Video Inputs" on the recorder- which are the ports designed for an incoming signal. The recorder then records from those ports. So a cable box for example would be plugged into the RWY "Audio/Video Input" ports and that is what the Sony will record from.
Note: ALL HDMI signals are encrypted with "HDCP" (high definition copyright protection) and as the name implies- does not allow for recording due to the copyright protection built into the digital HDMI signal.
If you need further help in recording to the Sony- then look at the back of your cable or satellite box for jacks which are "Red White and Yellow" and connect those to the AV Inputs on the Sony. Then use the HDMI output on the Sony to display the signal onto the TV.
Or if you have any other questions regarding this, then simply post back on this page. Also note- the full model number off of the back of the TV as well as the model number of the cable box would be needed to provide any more specifics.
You will not be able to record from the Amazon Firestick as it is an HDMI only device.
The only way around this is to use an HDMI to composite converter, which actually steps the video signal down to basic standard definition. Then you can use those jacks to Input the Sony recorder. If you would like a link to that device- let me know.
The Radio Shack converter at the link below allows for this:
There is also a more robust unit at Amazon (below) for just a bit more money:
So the connection procedure would be- Amazon Firestick-----> Into HDMI Input on converter----> RCA red,white,yellow jacks on converter-----> To Red, White and Yellow "Audio/Video Inputs" on the Sony recorder.
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