Can I record to DVD while watching another show?

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  1. Michelle Schmid

    Michelle Schmid Stunt Coordinator

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    After 6 years I finally decided to replace my old RCA DVD player (still works flawlessly!) with a basic DVD recorder. However, a lot of the shows that family members want recorded I don't want to watch. I purchased a dual tuner HD 921 receiver specifically for this purpose. Now, however, we want to transfer some of those recordings (plus new shows) to DVD. But I cannot figure out how to record one show to DVD and watch another. Is this even possible? I have:

    DishNetwork dual tuner HD 921
    Pioneer DVR-220S
    Pioneer VSX-D608 receiver
    Panasonic 32" flat screen HDTV

    I've connected the 921 to the TV w/component cables & to the DVR w/S-video (into the L1 input). Both have sound connections via optical cables to the receiver. I've then connected the DVR to the TV via component. Is there another connection I need to make? Something I missed? Or should I take the thing back and get a different/more capable model? Please help!
     
  2. Stephen Tu

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    Since the 921 only has a single video output (well multiple outputs, but all showing the same thing), you can't output to DVD & something else to the TV at the same time. You'll have to transfer recordings while you aren't otherwise using the 921.

    To do both at the same time you'd need a second video source, e.g. a 2nd satellite receiver. Not really worth it IMO, just do DVD transfers just before you go to sleep or to work etc.
     
  3. Michelle Schmid

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    Thanks Stephen. I suspected as much, but was really hoping I could do a bunch at one time. Oh well. I actually do have another satellite receiver, but don't want to bother with having yet more lines run to the house and paying another monthly fee.

    I do have one more question, though. I can set the DVD player to turn on/off at specific times, but I don't think I can with the 921. Does it have a sleep timer? Currently when it gets to the end of the recorded program it goes to the options screen and will stay there for hours until I tell it what I want it to do (found this out with my first DVD recording. I set it and left the house and when I came back much later it was still waiting for instructions.) Will this hurt it if I do this a lot?
     
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    I don't have a 921 so I don't know about any sleep timers. Letting it stay on the options screen won't hurt anything on the 921. It's basically a computer waiting for input, there's nothing being worn down.
     
  5. cliff p

    cliff p Auditioning

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    This dilema is the reason I am so loyal to cable. You can split the signal and run it to multiple units, each having their own individual tuner.
     

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