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Magnavox HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 1TB

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Question

Am I correct that 720p TV programs will only be recorded in 480p? Are there any true HD recorders out there?

asked 1 year, 7 months ago
By
JustinCase
on Magnavox HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 1TB
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
You can record H.d. with this machine. Through the antenna only you can do it. First find a show in H.D. then record it to the hard drive then use the hdmi out from the unit to your t.v. and switch the picture size on your t.v.to full.And you can burn the show from your hard drive that is in H.D. to dvd.record in hq or sp for best picture.Now when you play back the d.v.d that you recorded off the hard drive from your dvd player that has a h.d.m.i output or directly from the unit.just make sure the t.v picture size is on full size. I have recorded H.D. on it from a antenna and it came out good. And i burned the H.D. program to dvd and played it back using a regular D.V.D. player with the hdmi out to the t.v.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
By
bob737
answer 2
My experience so far (would like Wajo2's input on this# is that the Mag records OTA signals in the format it was transmitted #as anonymous indicated#. I checked the TV info screen as well as the mag info and it showed the same definition. But if recorded to disc, it went to 480p. Then you can use the progressive scan if your tv has the progressive scan option.

The TVIX unit I replied on earlier in this post will record the full HD on its HD. Then you can put that digital file on your PC in full hd or in a network sharing server. But YOU ARE NOT creating a DVD in HD, only a digital file. The mag appears to record to its HD in full HD but there does not seem to be a way to transfer it to a digital file??? The TVIX will not play or write to a DVD as it has no player. So I use the TVIX for my network #NAS) audio/video head unit and the Mag for my cable DVR.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
Shadowsix
answer 3
Our experience has been that all 3 of our HDD recorders record and play back TV programs in whatever pixel level is sent. We record directly from an antenna and receive broadcast in 720 and 1080.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 4
I didn't see any HD coming out of it. Because not enough HDMI for you to use. I had to use RCA wires and with them no HD.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
Atassm
answer 5
I do not have HD but there are different settings on this machine to record in HD. See if you can get a copy of the owners manual to see if it will answer you question more fully. You should be able to get it on line.i
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
Suz1951
answer 6
I bought the magnavox to replace the Cable DVR, but got this one for all OTA as it records it in HD and for all other media. You won't believe what it can do. Stores and Plays Blue Ray from dogotal files etc.

DVICO TVIX PVR M-6620N Dual Tuner PVR with Wireless Network Media Player at mediaconceptusa
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
Shadowsix
answer 7
Yes, that is true. There may be one or two but you probably wouldn't like the Horrific price.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
fredbillie
answer 8
The Mag can only record in 480i because the DVD Std requires it.

The Mag's coax circuit is an amplified splitter. On one path, it will pass an HDTV (720p or 1080i) signal through its coax in/out circuit so downstream components will see HD, but anything going thru the tuner or line inputs (the recording circuits) will be downconverted to 480i.

The Mag can upconvert the 480i to 720p, 1080i or 1080p but it will have started as 480i.

Info and help files here... copy link text and paste in your browser's address bar:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575/0_10#post_12244086
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

non hd channels

We got the unit for my mom. she lives in a complex where direct tv is sent to each apartment with no box. So I guess it acts like an antenna. ( Much like a hotel) All the Network channels are in HD but the upper channels like lifetime, discovery etc are not. We hooked up the unit and used her tv remote to change to the component. All HD channels are beautiful. The rest look horrible, lines thru them, blurry, etc. She can watch those channels if we switch back to the TV. None of those channels can be recorded. Is that right or did we miss something when hooking it up? We were aware those channels would not record in HD but we thought we would at least be able to watch them thru the component so my mom would not have to switch back and forth from the tv to the dvdr. Help or advice please!!
asked 1 year, 7 months ago
By
KimOB
on Magnavox HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 1TB
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
in reference to my original question, we have not been able to get all the channels to work on the component in either digital or analog. I have rescanned the presets under each of the 3 options. I did find out today that the set up at the complex works likes this... There are no boxes in the actual apartments (which is what I already stated) the way direct tv pumps the signals in is different than I would have suspected. They do not send the signals to one big box, then resent to the apartments. Instead they have a box for each channel the entire complex gets. i.e., box 10 sends only channel 10, box 5 sends only channel 5 etc. Is there anyone techy enuf to know if we should still be able to make this work?
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
KimOB
answer 2
It could be different modulation standards. I believe from your explaination they are using an antenna combined with satellite. Try a cable scan, if the other channels show up clear it is because cable channels are slightly off from the real OTA numbers. A real TV may be able to handle the slight change, but a tuner like in the Magnavox might not.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
mirayge
answer 3
Unlike an antenna, DirectTV is NOT a broadcast service and your mom pays for their service as a part of her rent payment. As such, DirectTV controls bandwidth and content; hence, those premium channels are scrambled so that end users must either pay extra or, in some cases, purchase or lease from DirectTV or whomsoever they recommend, a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) and as long as the apartment building owners continue using DirectTV, only the providers equipment will work. My statements may not be 100% accurate buy, you should get the gist of it. Hope this helped.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 4
You should be able to see all the TV channels but is not as good as changing the input to TV. It can be your hookups is the problem. I don't have this issue. Reconnect the unit. Swapping the input from recorder to TV is easy.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
Atassm
answer 5
For the none HD channels try changing the recording-Play format to one of the lower available resolutions.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
fredbillie
answer 6
I suggest you visit this website:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575

and go to post 10:
CONNECTIONS... CABLES... DIGITAL CLIFF

Your setup is discussed, with diagrams. I found setup was tricky.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
Mauer42
answer 7
Only things I can think of are:
1. You did the "wrong" type of channel scan #Preset#.
2. Defective un it.

Since you have such an "odd" system... DirecTV like an antenna?... you might have done the wrong channel scan type. The Mag is not like a HDTV that scans all channels, both analog and digital, in one pass and integrates them in sequence in the tuner.

Whatever scan type you selected might have been "wrong" for your peculiar system. I'd try the other type#s# of scans and see if it works better.

Otherwise, return the unit?

Normally, a system with both analog and digital channels, which are only on cable... antenna channels are ALL digital... will show a diff. between the old, 20th Century analog channels and the new digitals, but they shouldn't have lines and blurriness... just a noticeable lower quality.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

can you record directly from tv to dvd ,or do you have to go through the hdd and then dub to dvd

asked 1 year, 11 months ago
By
lowesmava
on Magnavox HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 1TB
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
I currently have the old Magnavox unit that was a VHS/DVD - capable of dubbing in both directions, and even on my unit, I can record directly to DVD.

In fact, I use the DVD, and DVD+R discs to record my TV shows instead of the VCR for a few reasons. (1) I can "reformat" the discs just as I could erase a vhs and reuse them over and over, BUT, they do not break down anywhere near as quickly as actual magnetic tape of a VHS does. (2) If the show ends up being something I want to keep it is already on a DVD and can be played on other DVD units, or on computers, laptops, etc. (3) Using the DVD, I can go in and clip out commercials and such from anything I want to keep around for a while.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
By
serloren
answer 2
yes you can record directly to dvd.
it is recording from over the air (antenna), or line in from other devices
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
By
donate2yourFireDept
answer 3
Yes you can if it is not copy write protected.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
By
sooooooohapy
answer 4
If you select the DVD button to record to, it will be recorded directly from the DVD recorder TV tuner to the DVD.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
By
NormalWalmartCustomer
answer 5
I've not tried this but the manual says you can. You have to insert your disc and pres the "REC MODE" button to switch it between HDD and DVD recording. And when you're setting up a timer to record, you can also pick your mode there as well.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
By
pjhauser
answer 6
Here are help files for recording to the HDD and direct to a DVD... copy link text and paste in your browser's address bar:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12298438

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showpost.php?p=12298483

Other info and help files are here:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
By
wajo2
answer 7
Can go direct
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
By
Me1343
Question

Can I watch a recorded program while I am recording another program?

asked 1 year, 11 months ago
By
Pete
on Magnavox HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 1TB
6 answers
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answer 1
Yes. While the machine is recording, press the "title" button on the remote. You can then scroll through and select the program you want to watch. Watching a program does not affect the recording process at all. The DVR does not have to be turned off to record like the old VCRs.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
By
hillbillyjack
answer 2
Some people mistook the question, thinking you wanted to watch one live program while recording another live program through the Mag's single tuner. That's impossible.

HOWEVER, the answer to YOUR question is YES!

While recording, you can play a prev. recorded HDD title or a DVD. You can also Chase Play the recording in progress from its beginning.

An index of help files is here, with lots more info... you only need to read and bookmark PAGE 1 (copy link text and paste in your browser's address bar):

http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
By
wajo2
answer 3
No as it only has a single tuner. :(
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
By
Caddymaran
answer 4
Sorry, Pete. This has a single tuner and you are bound by this limitation. :(
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
By
Caddymaran
answer 5
Yes
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
By
Bigfoot890
answer 6
Absolutely! One of the best advantages of this kind of machine over a VCR. Just go ahead and select the show you wish to view, and proceed. Has no impact on what the machine is recording.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
By
OldVCRer
Question

we have home videos on VHS tapes. can we use this to save the recordings to DVD?

asked 1 year, 11 months ago
By
rick
on Magnavox HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 1TB
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
run your video out from vcr to the input on dvr that should do it
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
By
donate2yourFireDept
answer 2
Yes, you will need cables to connect the output from the VCR to the input of the DVD recorder. Use the best connection that you can. First choice is the HDMI connection, second choice is the S-VHS connection. The better the connection choice, the better the quality of the final recording will be especially if you recorded the VHS recording in EP mode.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
By
NormalWalmartCustomer
answer 3
Yes. I believe the simplest method would be to run your red/white/yellow RCA composite cables from the VCR's output to one of the DVR's inputs. When you record from the DVR's menu, select the line you connected to.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
By
hillbillyjack
answer 4
Yes, but keep on mind it will be in real time. I have done this with the programming stored on the cable company's Scientific-Atlanta 8300HD. You can eliminate the commercial breaks by pausing the recorder during the ads. Same holds true with your VHS tapes.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
By
Caddymaran
answer 5
Yes
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
By
Bigfoot890
answer 6
Yes, as described in this help file (copy link text and paste in your browser's address bar)::

http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#user_RecHDD9

Info & help files are here, with lots more info... you only need to read and bookmark PAGE ! (copy link text and paste in your browser's address bar):

http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

I have No Cable or Sat. service.

I do not have cable or satellite service. My TV is a Magnavox HDTV. Can I use this unit to record shows being broadcast to my antenna.
asked 1 year, 10 months ago
By
David
on Magnavox HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 1TB
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes, any input can be recorded
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 2
Yes, this is exactly what I do. The TV antenna plugs into the Antenna In of the DVR, and the Antenna Out of the DVR connects to the Antenna In of your TV. The DVR will just share the antenna, and pass thru antenna signals to your TV. If you want, you can watch the programs that you are recording or you can watch a different channel than the one being recorded. When you play back from the DVR, the signal passes to your TV through the HDMI cable (or one of the other outputs) but NOT the antenna line . . . the antenna line only carries off the air signals.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
By
W2KBF
answer 3
You don't need a separate cable or splitter on your antenna coax to watch one channel while recording a diff. channel.

The Mag's coax circuit is a BUILT-IN splitter that, on one path, feeds the raw incoming signal to downstream components (cable box or TV) AND, on another path, feeds the Mag's tuner.

So, separate paths that allow your TV to tune all the channels it could if the Mag wasn't there, while the Mag tunes its own separate channels with its built-in tuner. Antenna users need a TV with a digital tuner since the OTA signal is all-digital today.

To watch plain TV, switch your TV to its coax/TV (ANT) input, To see internal Mag stuff (menus, channels, recorded titles, DVDs) switch your TV to the input where you connected the Mag... that connection can be via HDMI, Component RGB, S-Video or Composite YWR RCA. Nothing internal from the Mag goes thru the coax.

Info and help files are here (with that info and more)... copy link text and paste in your browser's address bar:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
By
wajo2
answer 4
I just purchased this recorder and we only have antenna TV. Yes, you can record antenna on it since it has a built in tuner. The only issue is that you cannot watch a show and record another one at the same time. We ran a second coaxial cable to it and a separate one to our TV.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
By
newtcook
answer 5
yes
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
By
Seasonedcitizen
answer 6
Yes, antenna is the very best source for this Mag recorder, all digital/HD signal.

Info & help files here... copy link text and paste in your browser's address bar:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#user_HSD11
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

Hook Up Question

How would a HD Direct tv box be hooked up to this unit? Can you go direct tv box HDI to the Magnovox HDI? Not sure how it works.

Would the satellite in main cable go to the sat box first? Then out to the Magnivox unit?
asked 1 year, 10 months ago
By
larry
on Magnavox HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 1TB
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
YES , IT SHOWS ALL POSSIBLE CONNECTIONS IN MANUAL.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
By
slig5440
answer 2
You would need to use the analog connections out of your sat/cable receiver to the analog ins of the Mag. Y/C or composite video only, analog audio only. It has analog and digital outs to the TV/stereo receiver.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 3
You would use S-Video or Composite outputs from your sat box.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
UniqueUserName
answer 4
Adrian is partially wrong in that the Mag WILL pass thru a HD signal via its coax in/out circuit, which is an amplified splitter.

It only downrrezzes the signal on the path to the internal recording circuit because its's required by the DVD Standard, which is Std Def built on the old VHS Standard.

Signals thru the line inputs are also recordable so they also get downrezzed.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
By
wajo2
answer 5
it only supports standard definition inputs, either by fire wire (for camcorders), or composite (yellow cable). your cable/satalite box would have to have a composite output to use this to record programs. this unit will not "pass through" a hi def signal. output is buy hdmi, composite, or component, but is still only in statndard (not hd) definition.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
By
ADRIAN999
answer 6
The Mag can't decrypt a satellite signal so all channels and recorded titles (if you have a DVR) have to come from the sat box/DVR... you won't use the Mag's tuner at all (unless you also connect an indoor or outdoor antenna or a cable feed).

With satellite, you won't use the Mag's tuner (unless you also connect an antenna or cable feed), so you'll connect as shown in Sketch 4 here... copy link text and paste in your browser's address bar:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showpost.php?p=12298409

Then, recording from the STB or copying from a DVR will be as described here (see also TIPS farther down that page):

http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#user_RecHDD8
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

will it copy or record movies streeming from netflix

asked 1 year, 8 months ago
By
koogie
on Magnavox HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 1TB
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
that would be illegal I believe so no.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
By
candylady2m
answer 2
No I don't think so. Those are usually copy protected.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
By
Cernicalo
answer 3
you know this a good question and I have not tried. Since the unit have this right protected function and it appears on all cable recording I can doubt it, but try it and let me know.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
Atassm
answer 4
No, Netflix content is copy protected.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
UniqueUserName
answer 5
Probably but only in standard definition not high definition. That is the only fault with this recorder. It will not record anything in high definition (HD).
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
bigredestes
answer 6
The Mags do not stream from any source.

Info and help files here... copy link text and paste in yoiur browser's address bar:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

Does this dvr use a cable card?

asked 1 year, 8 months ago
By
dlb
on Magnavox HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 1TB
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
No.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
By
Bigchump
answer 2
No
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
Atassm
answer 3
No, but it will tune in basic analog or digital channels.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
UniqueUserName
answer 4
No
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
ITNerdinAR
answer 5
no
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
womaninflorida
answer 6
No cable card slot.

Info and help files here:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
wajo2
Question

Does it have an RF coaxial input port?

asked 1 year, 8 months ago
By
glenna
on Magnavox HDD and DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner, 1TB
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes, it has a regular coaxial input port and an output port to the TV. When the DVR is turned off, the signal is bypassed to the TV.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
garry2
answer 2
Yes, it has a digital and analog tuner built in.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
UniqueUserName
answer 3
Yes, the unit has a single coaxial input for Antenna/Cable chosen as to which you will use on initial setup.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
ITNerdinAR
answer 4
There's an "Antenna In jack" to connect an antenna/cable box/ and/
or satellite receiver for RF Pass Through only.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
Antinym
answer 5
Yes it does.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
mywalmartstoreisclose
answer 6
Yes.

Info and help files here:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/940657/magnavox-537-535-533-515-513-2160a-2160-2080-philips-3576-3575#post_12244086
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
wajo2
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