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04-23-2011 02:31 PM #1
Hooking up DVR to Paleozoic era TV
I'm finally caving and getting a DVR. The catch: I have an ancient TV, older than I am. It's a 1985 RCA with no remote control. It has 0-9 buttons for the channel and a volume knob and it looks like it's made of faux wood. We are talking disgustingly old. It has an input for a coaxial cable and that's it. I have it because it was free.
There has to be a way to make this work: I have FiOS, a DVD/VCR, and a Wii all successfully hooked up to this TV, somehow. As far as I can tell, the Verizon tech ran one cable from the wall to RF IN on the STB, another cable from the TV/VCR outlet to the DVD player, and a third cable from the DVD player to the coax input on the TV. And yes, he thought it was highly amusing to work with this prehistoric specimen.
How would I hypothetically hook up a DVR in this setup? The obvious answer is to buy a new TV. I might very well do that. But if I didn't, could I make it work?