How can I connect an older PVR, a DVD/VCR and the TV
Hi kpckark, There are a few ways to accomplish this. The easiest way is if your TV has multiple inputs you will want to connect your PVR using one style of input, and your DVD/VCR using another. A full list of the types of cables and connectors to attach to these inputs can be founds here. When connected to separate inputs on the TV in this way, you will just need to change the TV's input or source selector to view content from the different devices. If you have an older TV that only has a coaxial input, you will need to follow the directions found here, It's okay that the cable box in these instructions is not a PVR, this will work for any of our cable boxes with a coaxial out connection. We hope this helps!
I have a newer TV so I could connect your first way. I don't see where it tells me what to connect to what.
You can use any connectors you like for each device. If both your PVR and TV have an HDMI connection, this would be recommended for the PVR as it can carry the highest definition signal, otherwise you want to use component cables for the PVR. The most common connectors for DVD/VCR combos are composite cables, also known as RCA cables. This input will likely be listed as AUX or Video In on your TV's input menu. Just let us know if you have any other questions!
Which cables would I use and where would I connect them on the 3 pieces of equipment?
Aside from my recommendations above, It really dosen't matter what cables you use as long as they are cables listed under Video on our Glossary of Cables and Connectors. As to where to attach the cables, the ports will be labeled as outputs on your equipment. All you need to do after connecting the cable(s) to your equipment is to find an available input on the TV to connect to. You will then need to change the TV's input or source selector to view content from the each different devices. I hope this helps clarify for you.
I'm sorry but it doesn't help as I don' t know which cables to connect to which piece of equipment.
I understand what the cables are and what they are for, but where do they attach on the 3 pieces of equipment?
You will need to look on the back of your equipment, there will be ports listed as "Out" or "Output". Not all of the types of outputs will be available on every type of device, so this is where you would choose what type of cable to use. For example, if you see as set of Red/White/Yellow ports available, and they are labeled as an output, you will want to connect a set of composite cables to those ports, and then to corresponding colors labeled input on your TV. The same goes for any other ports on your equipment labeled as an output that you have a matching input for on your TV.
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