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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.
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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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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