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I purchased a Magnavox Digital Video Disc Recorder & Video…

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I purchased a Magnavox Digital...
I purchased a Magnavox Digital Video Disc Recorder & Video Cassette Recorder,
Serial # U49066692 Model # ZV427MG9 A. I was told it was not compatable with my TV setup because I don't have a cable box, which I'm assuming is a tuner. I've looked online and have seen several tuners ranging in price from 2k to 30 dollars. Can I purchase one of these tuners so I can use my recorder?
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TV Technician: Louie, Technician replied 6 years ago
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Hi and welcome to JustAnswer,

Thank you for the question and your patience. Should you still need assistance...

Initially, post back with the model number of the TV; or better yet, please describe the available jacks, ports and/or connector(s) of the TV. Additionally, is the TV directly connected to an antenna or cable feed? Or is there a satellite receiver or a digital-to-analog converter (set-top-box)?

Offhand, an external tuner is only required if you would want to record TV programs but not when just playing back a DVD disc or a VHS tape.

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Customer reply replied 6 years ago

TV model number is: VIZIO VW37L HDTV30A 120V, 3.1A, 50/60Hz

Serial# *****

TV is cable fed, no satellite, no converter,

I would like to record programs and play back DVD's and VHS tapes.

TV Technician: Louie, Technician replied 6 years ago
I understand and appreciate the additional information.

For playback purposes, an HDMI connection from the Maganvox's HDMI OUT to the Vizio's HDMI 1 is required.

To record cable TV programs, an external/add-on tuner is needed. Please click HERE to inquire/consider. This tuner is capable of receiving digital QAM cable TV signals. These cable TV signals are them outputted as composite video and L & R audio signals that may then be connected to the Magnavox's L1 IN-VIDEO + IN-AUDIO L & R.
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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
I purchased the tuner you suggested and I am waiting for it to come in. Ill let you know how it works for me, if indeed it will work.
TV Technician: Louie, Technician replied 6 years ago
I understand and appreciate the update.
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Customer reply replied 6 years ago

I fully intend to accept your answer as soon as I receive the tuner you suggested and try it. If it works with my recorder, I will accept your answer immediately.

Sincerely,

JoEllen

TV Technician: Louie, Technician replied 6 years ago
I understand and appreciate the update.
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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
I got the tuner and hooked it up according to instructions. Im trying to figure out how to record.
TV Technician: Louie, Technician replied 6 years ago
Appreciate the update.

Would suggest to connect the external tuner temporarily direct to the TV. This way:
  • the tuner could be tested;
  • scanned/programmed.

Thereafter, connect the tuner to the L1 jacks of the Magnavox.

Incidentally, how would you want the recording to be; DVD or VHS?
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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
I would like to be able to use the recorder to its full capacity: record tv programs on to cassettes and record DVD's from cassettes.
TV Technician: Louie, Technician replied 6 years ago
Was the new tuner tested when directly connected to the Vizio?

Are you able to playback both DVD discs and VHS tapes from the Magnavox/Vizio?

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Customer reply replied 6 years ago

The only channels I can get are HD channels. I tried getting the tuner to program cable channels, but I dont know how. Right now the tuner and TV are connected with a HDMI cable and the red, yellow and white cables according to the instructions. I will next try to connect the tuner and TV with only the red, yellow and white cables to see if I can get cable channels, which are local channels. I did not test the tuner connected directly to the TV.

No, I am not able to get the Magnavox to record at all.

TV Technician: Louie, Technician replied 6 years ago
The yellow, red & white from the tuner would have to be connected to the INput jacks of the Magnavox:
  • yellow - IN-VIDEO;
  • white - IN-AUDIO L; and
  • red - IN-AUDIO R;
  • the Magnavox would have to be set to L1.

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