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I have a tv with built in freeview. how do I connect them up to tape from the freeview channel watching the 1-5 channels.

I have a tv with built in freeview. 
how do I connect them up

You usually can't get the VCR to use the TV's Freeview tuner, just as you can't get a VCR to record using the analogue tuner in a old-fashioned TV.

You need to use the first SCART socket on your TV to connect the DVD, as this will have the required "RGB" connection, vital for the best quality pictures from DVD. (If the DVD has a HDMI output and your TV has an HDMI input, you may wish to use a HDMI cable instead).

Connect the VCR to the second TV SCART socket. If you want to record from the analogue service you will need to connect the aerial to the VCR first, and then onto the TV.

If you want to record from Freeview, you will need either another Freeview box, or you should consider buying a Freeview PVR or Freeview PVR/DVD-writer combo as this makes the whole recording a very simple process.

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Monday 2 April 2012 11:18PM

Hi Gary, welcome to this forum. In short, the answer is no. The Freeview tuner in the TV doesn't present an output, it is just used internally.

Friday 14 September 2012 5:52PM

Mother has just bought a tv with built in free view, she has a dvd vcr combo & sky box she has had someone to connect all these up, but there only seems to be the freeview channels available, no sky channels, yet she can record say, BBC1 onto vcr, while watching say ITV, is it possible for her to still receive sky channels? which she dosnt really need, but she is adamant on wanting to be able to record as she can now. head scrambled with it all now, new TV has only 1 scart socket.

Friday 4 July 2014 8:00PM

Hi, I'm about to buy a new tv for my daughter that has inbuilt freeview. However she subscribes to NOW tv. Can this be used via a tv that has freeview?

Friday 4 July 2014 10:19PM

debs: If your buying a new LG TV (which we all rather like at the moment), then NOW TV is included as part of the smart features, as is wifi, so you can just use your subscription in the same way, but on the TV.

Other Tv's don't have it, but you can see from this list <img src="data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAABAAAAAQCAYAAAAf8/9hAAABHElEQVQ4y6XTTSuFQRwF8N/I4mYpC91usrCUpSwUH0ApKy9bC/kCLOyFlax8DlnIB7hSshEbkQ3Jy0bdiBqbubfxeO6TMvVvpvmfc2Y6cybEGP1rJIFajLG9HsEGmnjCC86xhbE2roNPpN40z+EWsUu9YKWN7wgk8gzeKsh5rRZvUMdVAXSGh4qbjOYCy2WnYAJHXUQ2Y4x6kpdTXQw+wRLW8FpoT6MjUC/h9yaR5xjjNmZxnfUHc4FW1VOHEIawgEa2/Z4LXJbwWiGEWghhEcfJk1rWv8iDNImPgkm72K94yvkfQcJeAfBZQT5EXzFIAzj4Q4iaGPmVxCTSj3XclRAfsYNGzgllvzG5Po7hZPQ9TnETY/z6gf3vd/4Gg87erQQuvSkAAAAASUVORK5CYII=" class="xico" style="vertical-align:text-bottom" alt=" link icon" link iconAvailable Devices | NOW TV - Help that there are a fair number of devices that you can use to stream from. If you buy a smart TV you should be able mirror from an android phone. If not, but a Now TV box (less than £15) and plug it into the TV.

General advice on buying a new TV (this is what I say to my customers). Find the right size (3 times the size of the screen away from it is fine - so 40in x 3 = 120 = 10ft, for example). All TV's should have Freeview HD, be Full HD, be smart and have wifi. There are exceptions, but I can't see the point of not having smart functions, etc. You ultimately paying for the quality of the panel - a 400hz screen will look better than a 100hz screen (although the 100hz LG's, such as the 650, are excellent value), and 800hz better still. They cost more, but thats how it works.

I generally wouldn't have a problem with any of the four major brands (LG, Samsung, Sony or Panasonic). Please go to a proper shop, and ask questions and look at one before buying, if you can.

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