I want to record TV programs but I do not like to connect incoming cable signal to VCR IN and then from VCR OUT to my TV vhf/uhf IN because I do not like to route VIDEO signal through my VCR. However my TV and VCR manuals do specify connecting VCR from incoming cable signal ant then to the TV. I connected audio/video out from my TV to audio/video IN to my VCR to record, however this way I was not able to record. I configured my TV,VCR and receiver as per receiver manual and connected VCR to my receiver as per receiver’s manual that is audio/video IN/OUT from receiver to audio/video IN/OUT to VCR but was not successful. I do worry regarding signal degradation as the cable goes through my VCR and then to the TV. I am aware that if I go through TV, only channel currently set can be recorded. However I am curious and really want to find out that why my connection does not work the way it is set up, that is TV audio/video OUT to VCR audio/video IN. My question is Do I really need to connect my VCR first to the incoming cable signal and then to the TV vhf/uhf IN?. Followings are my components for your information. Any Ideas or suggestions ?. SONY Receiver STR-DA555ES. SONY TV KP-61HS10. SONY VCR SLV-M91HF. SONY DVP-CX850D 200 DISC DVD player.