VCR Cable Hookup Diagrams

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There are many ways to hook up the cable to your VCR and cable-ready television set. Here are the most common methods. See which advantages are most appropriate for your needs or system.

Method 1 (No Cable Box)

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Advantages
  • Can record one channel while watching another
  • Use VCR timer to record different programs
  • Picture-in-Picture capable
Disadvantages
 

Method 2

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Advantages
  • Simple to hookup
  • Can record any channel selected on cable box
Disadvantages
  • Can only record the channel you're watching
 

Method 3

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Advantages
  • Can record any channel while watching standard service
Disadvantages
  • Cannot watch or record one premium channel while watching another premium channel
  • Cannot use VCR timer to record different programs
 

Method 4

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Advantages
  • Can record any channel while watching standard service
  • Picture-in-Picture capable
Disadvantages
  • Cannot watch or record one premium channel while watching another premium channel
  • Cannot use VCR timer to record different programs
 

Method 5

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Advantages
  • Works with any video game
Disadvantages