Mine won't for the life of me ! It does playback however.I just don't get it. Been moving cables around all day, no recording. My Sony SLV-N81 Hi-Fi VCR only has Composite jacks. Does this mean I can only use composite jack between the Hughes gcebo dolby dig sat receiver ? Is it best to go directly through my Panny ct27-sx12 TV or can I use the Pioneer VSX-D912 to do the switching ? I currently have my DVD hooked up through the receivers component jacks in and out. And am using the Video 2 Tv to play the S-video satellite picture. There must be a simpler way, I've probably danced around it all day. Your thoughts please !