How to Hook Up a DVR Receiver to a VCR

by Diane Dilov-Schultheis

A digital video recorder, or DVR, allows users to pause, rewind and fast-forward live television broadcasts. Satellite companies such as DirecTV and Dish Network, provide customers with DVR receivers for a fee. This type of satellite receiver makes it possible to record two shows at the same time while watching another previously saved recording. Most digital video recorder receivers can hold more than 100 hours of recording. Hooking up a VCR to the DVR permits users to record saved shows onto a VHS tape.


Connect one of the RCA audio/video cables to the back of the DVR receiver using the “A/V OUT” jacks. Match the connector color -- red, white and yellow -- to the corresponding jacks.


Connect the other end of this RCA cable to the back of the VCR using the “A/V IN” jacks. Insert the connectors in the matching colored jacks.


Use the other RCA cable to hook up the VCR to the television. Hook one end to the VCR “A/V OUT” jacks and the other to the television using the “A/V IN” jacks. Match the colors of the connectors on both ends.


Attach a regular coaxial cable to connect the DVR receiver to the VCR, and then attach the other coaxial cable from the VCR to the TV. Attach the coaxial “OUT” on the DVR receiver to the “IN” coaxial jack on the VCR. Attach the “OUT” on the VCR to the “IN” on the television.

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About the Author

Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published online at the Travel Channel and Intel.

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