There are different ways to connect a DVD recorder to a satellite receiver. The most common method is via audio/video wires more commonly known as RCA jacks. The video and audio signals are divided in an RCA cable. This type of cable usually ends in three jacks and is color-coded. The yellow jack carries the video signal and the red and white jacks carry the right and left stereo audio signals. Making the right connection through an RCA cable is simply a matter of matching the colors of the cable's jacks with those of a device's plugs.
- Verify that the satellite receiver supports RCA connections and then connect the cable. On the reverse side of your satellite receiver, you will spot a cluster of connections. Look for yellow, red and white plugs shaped to accept RCA jacks. If your coaxial satellite wires are connected to the Input on the receiver, leave it. Just unplug the end connected to the TV. Plug the RCA jacks into the right and left audio and video outputs.
- Verify that the DVD recorder similarly supports RCA and connect the cable. This is a similar set up as the one you saw in the satellite receiver. Attach the other end of the RCA cables coming from the satellite receiver into the audio/video inputs on the DVD recorder.
- Connect one end of an RCA cable to the DVD recorder's audio/video output and the other end to the TV's audio/video input. This naturally requires another set of RCA cables. The connection you're making this time is between the DVD recorder and the TV.
- Program your TV to the suitable Input channel. Locate and use the TV's remote control for 'Inputs' or an 'A/V' labeled button. Push the button until the TV screen displays the correct A/V channel. For example if you prepared your DVD to TV connections in A/V1, the TV must show A/V 1.
- Sit back, relax, and enjoy your favorite movie or TV show.
The whole chain consists of the satellite receiver's output to the DVD recorder's input, then from the DVD recorder's output to the TV's input. This set up will allow you to record on your DVD recorder shows coming in from your satellite receiver.
An S-Video can be utilized to join DVD recorder to a satellite receiver as well. Latest models of satellite receivers and DVD recorders often have either an Input or Output for S-Video cables. The advantages of an S-Video cable is that it uses only one jack which makes things much simpler and in that one jack the video signal is split into two: chrominance and luminance. This gives a better video definition to the picture that will be displayed on the TV screen.
An older set up utilizes a coaxial wire. It is the same basic wire being used for analog connections to various kinds of TV. A number of satellite receivers utilize coaxial wire to connect the actual satellite dish to the receiver, which in turn processes the signal. This sort of TV wire is not intended to transmit a digital signal. As an alternative, the signal is transformed to analog, and then afterwards transformed back to digital again.
Today, the difficulties of setting up a satellite receiver with a DVD recorder no longer plague consumers because most satellite receivers come with a built-in DVR or digital video recorder.