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Can You Use a VCR With Dish Network?

By Erik

Can you use a VCR with DISH Network? The answer to that is yes. In fact it is very easy if you know how. The secret is connecting the whole thing so that the signal travels from the satellite receiver box through the VCR then to the TV. This makes it to watch and record with your VCR. The best connection can be made coaxial but you can use RCA cables instead.
Here is what you will need:

  • TV set
  • DISH Network system with receiver box
  • An VCR
  • Coaxial and/or RCA video cables

Step One:

Disconnect the line between the receiver box and the TV set. Start at the receiver box’s part. Most likely the connection will be set up for coaxial.

Step Two:

Connect the VCR and receiver box by running the cables from one of the output port of the receiver box to a VCR input ports.

Step Three:

Now properly link the VCR to the television. Using a cable (either coaxial or RCA), connect one of the VCR output ports to an input port on the back of your TV. Plug in the VCR power cord once this is done.

Step Four:

Tune the VCR to the same TV channel that is carrying the broadcast signal for your satellite. This is usually Channel 3 or 2 but the VCR can also use a line in channel (L-1)

Step Five:

Now turn on the satellite box and the TV to make sure you have a good connection. If this does not work properly, check if you have all the connections right.

Step Six:

Push the power button on the VCR to turn it on and the TV/Video button to make sure that the VCR is properly matching the satellite.

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