How to Connect a Cable Box & VCR to a TV

By Greyson Ferguson

Most cable providers give you the option of renting a DVR with your cable package. A DVR, or digital video recorder, allows you to record content from your cable programming directly onto a hard drive in the device. However, you cannot take the content with you, and once you return the DVR at the end of your service, you lose your saved shows. If you do not want to pay the extra monthly DVR fee or want to keep the recorded content, you can connect a VCR to the cable box.

Things You'll Need

  • Cable box
  • VCR
  • 2 coaxial cables
  • TV

Step 1

Connect the cable running from your wall into the "In" port on the back of the cable box.

Step 2

Attach a coaxial cable to the "Out" port of the cable box and plug it into the "In" port on the VCR. This will send the signal from the cable box through the VCR first.

Step 3

Plug a second coaxial cable into the "Out" port on the VCR and into the "In" port on the back of the television.

Step 4

Turn on the TV, VCR and cable box. Set the channel on your television to 3 or 4 (depending on what the default setting of the device is). This allows you to watch content from the cable box via the VCR. Make sure all three devices are turned on; otherwise, you won't be able to see the TV programming.