I was told at the time I purchased the DVD recorder (only 18mths ago) that when I wanted/needed to get freeview, all I had to do was buy a set-top box and connect the aerial feed to the dvd then from the dvd to the TV. Was also told the same thing recently when we went to purchase a set-top freeview.
We purchased the DishTV T1020. We have aUHF aerial. I connected the RF-in to the freeview, then the RF-out into the RF-in of the dvd, RF-out from the dvd to the RF-in of the TV.
As for the RCA leads, on my first attempt I connected the freeview directly to the TV using the AV-2 input sockets (RCA output from the dvd is connected into the AV-1 sockets). Switching the TV to AV-2 I could then see the freeview setup screen so went through that process and was then able to watch/select different freeview channels using the freeview remote and leaving the TV on AV-2.
Then went through set-up process of scanning for channels on the DVD but it didn't pick up any of the freeview channels - it was like it wasn't getting any feed from the freeview. I then tried connecting the RCA output from the freeview into the dvd into what I think is the RCA input (it's labelled AV4 In) and then RCA output from the dvd into AV-1 on the TV. Went through dvd set-up scanning for channels again and this time it didn't even pick up the analogue channels. I think I disconnected the RF into the dvd at the same time on a suggestion from my husband to try and "force" the dvd into finding input from the freeview receiver. I'm a little fuzzy on this point as by then I was getting a bit frustrated and reaching the ends of my technical know-how.
The dvd also has two large black sockets which look like the old plugs computers used to use labelled AV1 (TV) and AV2 (EXT).
We have been given a newer Panasonic flatscreen TV from my parents-in-law to replace the Philips however we haven't picked this up yet so I'm not sure what inputs it has although I'm fairly certain it won't have built-in freeview. In time we will be wanting to connect this up instead of the Philips we're currently using.
Can anyone tell me how I'm meant to connect up the freeview so it feeds through both the dvd recorder and the TV?
And following on from that, even if I do get it set up correctly, am I able to record one freeview channel on the dvd recorder while still watching another on the TV? If so, is this a simple process or quite fiddly involving lots or work arounds and can I still timer record? I'm recalling way back when (in the 90's) we had Sky and a video recorder and if taping Sky you could only tape whatever channel you had the Sky channel set to and if setting timer record you couldn't switch recording Sky channels as someone needed to physically be there to change the Sky channel. I've now been doing some research and learned that freeview channels are broadcast on different frequencies and having a single tuner freeview box seems to me to be quite similar to the old Sky service with one decoder (would have been nice if a sales person had taken the time to explain how freeview worked when we bought either the dvd or the freeview receiver!). If this is the case then we're thinking we'll return the freeview receiver we just bought and upgrade to a dvd recorder with in-built freeview.
We would really like to keep the dvd recorder (or failing that, upgrade to the in-built freeview one) as we use live-pause a lot and the 1.3x playback and want to be able to burn recorded stuff to disc, so a freeview receiver with simple record is not really an option for us.
My third question is if we went ahead and bought the Panasonic DMR-XW390GLK dvd recorder with built-in freeview, could we then use this to watch/feed freeview to the tv? My understanding is that this has a dual tuner so I can record channels from two different frequencies while still watching a third channel as long as that channel is broadcast on the same frequency as one of the channels I'm recording? Or alternatively if only recording one channel, I should be able to watch any other channel? Is this correct and does this actually work in real-life the way it's meant to?
Or if we really want ease-of-use, do we need to get a TV with in-built freeview as well as a dvd recorder with inbuilt freeview?