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Recording PBTV with Your VCR

Setting Up Your VCR to Record PBTV

  • Tune to the PBTV channel you wish to record with your PBTV remote.
  • Set your VCR to record the SAME CHANNEL THAT YOUR TELEVISION IS TUNED TO RECEIVE YOUR PBTV PROGRAMMING ON. These are channels 3, 10 or 13.
  • If you wish to turn off your television while recording, use the power button on the television or on the remote that came with the television. Do not power off your TV with the PBTV remote because that will turn off the video stream to the TV and VCR.

Setting Up Your VCR to AUTO-Record PBTV

Auto Tune the program on PBTV:

  • Press GUIDE on your PBTV remote.
  • Using the UP/DOWN/LEFT/RIGHT ARROW buttons, scroll to the program you wish to record.
  • Press INFO.
  • Scroll to ACTIONS and press SELECT.
  • Using the UP/DOWN ARROW buttons, scroll to SCHEDULE
    AUTOMATIC TUNE.
  • Press SELECT.
  • Choose whichever selection best fits your needs
    (JUST ONCE, MON-FRI or EVERYDAY).
  • Press SELECT.

Program your VCR to record at the time of the scheduled program(s):

  • Set your VCR up like you normally would for scheduled recording, but make sure to set your VCR to record the SAME CHANNEL THAT YOUR TELEVISION IS TUNED TO RECEIVE YOUR PBTV PROGRAMMING ON. These are channels 3, 10 or 13.
  • ONCE YOU HAVE SET YOUR SCHEDULED RECORDING(S), YOU MUST LEAVE YOUR VIDEO STREAM ON. If you wish to turn off your television, use the power button on the television or on the remote that came with the television. Do not power off your TV with the PBTV remote because that will turn off the video stream to the TV and VCR.

Troubleshooting

When you play the tape back, what type of picture do you get? Does it display “Press Select for Video” with the date and time or is it a plain black/blue screen?

  • If “Press Select for Video” is displayed, one of two things has happened.
  • You may be using your PBTV remote to turn your TV off, which turns off the video stream. If this is the case, turn your TV off using the power button on the TV instead of the PBTV remote.
  • You also may be recording on channel 10 or 13 which times out after twelve hours.
  • If you are getting a black/blue screen when you play your tape one of two things is happening.
  • Check to see what channel the TV is on when you are playing back the tape. Check to see what channel the VCR is set to play back on.
  • Something with the timed recording is not set right. Re-read the recording instructions and make sure your VCR is set to record on the TV you receive PBTV on (channel 3, 10 or 13).