How to Connect a DVD Player & a DVD Recorder to a TV

With a DVD recorder and DVD player connected to your television, you can record TV programs from a source signal, such as cable or satellite service, while watching a DVD. Three sets of audio-video cables are needed to connect the equipment, using jacks on the TV to receive the DVD recorder's signal and a separate set to connect the DVD player. The TV remote control lets you switch between the two components.

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Connection plugs on one end of the AV cable.

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Turn off and unplug the power cords for all equipment before connecting AV cables.

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Plug the three connectors on one end of an AV cable into the output jacks on back of your cable or satellite box.

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Hook up the other ends of the cable to the matching inputs on the rear of the DVD recorder.

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Connect the second AV cable from the playback/output jacks on the DVD recorder to a set of inputs on the TV.

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Hook up the third AV cable from the three jacks on the back of the DVD recorder to a separate set of inputs on the back of your TV.

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Connect the electrical cables for the equipment to the wall outlet and turn on all components.

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Press the TV remote control's input/source button to switch from the DVD recorder to the DVD player.