How to Use a VCR With U-Verse

U-verse is AT&T’s fiber-optic cable communications line that offers high-speed Internet, digital home phone and cable television service to various parts of the United States. If you are an AT&T U-verse TV customer, you can use your VCR to watch and record programs in nearly the same way that you would if you weren’t a subscriber. Before you can use the VCR, however, you need to hook up the device to your TV and U-verse cable box.

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You can still use a VCR even if you have AT&T U-verse cable TV installed.

Connection

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Connect the coaxial cable coming from the cable wall outlet installed by the U-verse technician to the RF “To Wall” In terminal on the back of the U-verse cable box.

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Connect the cable box’s RF “To TV” Out terminal to the TV set’s RF “Antenna” In terminal (only if you’re using a standard-definition TV) with an independent coaxial cable. If you are using a high-definition TV, use an HDMI cable to connect the cable box’s HDMI port to the TV set’s HDMI port.

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Plug one end of the first set of AV cables into its corresponding AV output jack on the rear panel of the U-verse cable box. The AV out jacks are labeled “Audio L,” “Audio R,” and “Video.” They are colored white, red, and yellow, respectively. The color of the AV jack is coded to match the color of the AV plug to which it corresponds.

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Insert the other end of each AV cable into its corresponding AV input jack on the rear panel of the VCR.

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Connect the VCR’s AV output jacks to the TV set’s AV input jacks with the remaining set of AV cables.

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Turn on the TV, VCR and cable box. Tune the TV to channel 3 if you are using a standard-definition TV.

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Press the “Input” or “Source” button continuously on the TV remote control to change its video input channel to the AV source. Use the “Input” or “Source” button on the VCR’s remote control to change the device’s video input channel to the AV source.

Playback

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Turn on the TV and VCR, and verify that the TV is set to the AV video input channel.

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Insert the VHS video tape you want to watch into the VCR.

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Press “Play” on the VCR.

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Use the VCR’s “Rewind” and “Fast-Forward” buttons to cue the tape to the spot you want (if applicable).

Record

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Turn on the TV, cable box and VCR.

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Insert a blank VHS tape into the VCR.

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Tune the cable box to the channel showing the program you want to record, or open the DVR’s "Play List" menu and select the DVR-recorded program you want to back up to VHS tape.

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Press “Record” on the VCR when you are ready to begin recording.

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Push “Stop” on the VCR to end the recording.