If you are hoping to record digital channels, you would need to setup your digital terminal to change to the correct channel (Record function on the remote on non-PVR models should do this), you would then set your DVD recorder to record the proper Input on the date/time, and it should work from there.
Kevinds is right. Instead of PVR functions, the non-PVR models will have a "VCR timer" setting instead. You can set them to turn to a specific channel at a specific time. And then you would set your DVR recorder to record at the same time too.
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