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I have a tv with built in freeview. how do I connect them up to tape from the freeview channel watching the 1-5 channels.

I have a tv with built in freeview. 
how do I connect them up
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You usually can't get the VCR to use the TV's Freeview tuner, just as you can't get a VCR to record using the analogue tuner in a old-fashioned TV.

You need to use the first SCART socket on your TV to connect the DVD, as this will have the required "RGB" connection, vital for the best quality pictures from DVD. (If the DVD has a HDMI output and your TV has an HDMI input, you may wish to use a HDMI cable instead).

Connect the VCR to the second TV SCART socket. If you want to record from the analogue service you will need to connect the aerial to the VCR first, and then onto the TV.

If you want to record from Freeview, you will need either another Freeview box, or you should consider buying a Freeview PVR or Freeview PVR/DVD-writer combo as this makes the whole recording a very simple process.

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Monday, 1 May 2017

7:24 PM

Michael: If your TV has no HDMI connection and the box you're buying has no SCART connection, then yes you will need an adaptor. According to Argos's website, the Bush HD Set Top Box @ 39.99 has both HDMI and SCART connections on the back, although for the Bush Freeview Play Zapper Box @ 79.99 I couldn't see any information on what connections it has on the back (other than HDMI and ethernet).

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StevensOnln1's 3,553 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 2 May 2017

12:48 AM

Michael: Tell us the make/model of the TV - its perfectly possible early flat screens didn't have HDMI, although it might have DVI, but scart should be fine.

If you want to just buy an HD box (I assume that would be the reason for an upgrade), then the Manhattan also has HDMI/scart (I've got one), and even if the TV just has scart, you can at least get the extra channels which only use a T2 tuner. But if your not worried about the extra channels, then unless your TV has an HDMI, your not really getting value for money.

Realistically, don't bother about the idea of a scart/HDMI adapter - the cost of one plus your HD box is getting on for sixty quid. Since you can buy a new 32in TV with an HD tuner for less than 200 notes (we had one that was reduced to clear at about 140 this weekend), and perhaps one with full HD and smart for 250 in a sale, you'd better better off saving your money and just buying a new TV in the long term.

If you want to buy a PVR (and I personally would be recommending Bush - try a marked down Humax instead for perhaps not much more money), then go ahead, they should still have analogue connections.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 4 June 2019
11:05 AM

MikeB: Hello
Mike I have Panasonic tv with Panasonic with freeview recorder model no is DMR-EX97 I also have sky box can I recorder my sky on to my Panasonic recorder there is no scart on the new recorder but only hdmi how can use my sky to recorder on to my new box I can use scart on my tv to sky

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john's 1 post GB flag

1:48 PM

john: Most Freeview PVRs don't have any means of recording from a Sky box (or any other non-digital source). From looking at the specifications, this appears to be the case for the Panasonic DMR-EX97.

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StevensOnln1's 3,553 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 5 June 2019

8:06 PM

john: Yes - old sky boxes did have a scart to allow that, and old PVRs had one as well.
Now, its no longer the case for either. But since the EX 97 has a freeview HD tuner, you can at least record programmes to dvd from that.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Friday, 10 July 2020
9:13 PM

I have an analogue VcR & digital Tv with Freeview built in.
I want to record tv channels. What are the connections if I can do this. Or do i need to buy Freeview box.

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Tonu's 1 post GB flag

10:28 PM

Tonu: Unless your TV can somehow output its picture to the VCR then you will need a box. You're probably better of getting a PVR which records programmes to a hard drive as you will get much higher quality recordings and will be much easier to set and play back recordings (just select the programme you want and press the record button on the remote) with most being able to record 2 or more channels at a time.

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StevensOnln1's 3,553 posts GB flag
Saturday, 11 July 2020

5:13 AM


I agree with what StevensOnln1 has explained but if you really want to record on your VCR without a separate box you'd only be able to do it for the channel you are watching/tuned to at the time using a Scart/Component output from the TV if it has these - those being the most likely inputs on your Analogue VCR.

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