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Toshiba RDXV47 - satellite link

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Recorders' started by Woodfur, Jan 23, 2008.

  1. Woodfur

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    Hello I have just got a Toshiba RD-VX47 DVD/HDD recorder and I'm a little confused as to what the Satellite link button does. Apparently it "can start recording when the sky box switches on" however when I press the button on the remote nothing happens. Can anyone shed any light on this one? Is this how you can get your HDD recorder to act like Sky+?
    Thanks for your help!
  2. Completenewbie

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    Hi Woodfur

    I'm extremely sorry that I can't assist you with your query regarding the Satellite link button on your new Toshiba RD-VX47 DVD/HDD recorder. I hope it's not too much trouble, but I'm trying to help out a good friend who is considering purchasing the same model as yours and I have a few questions which you might be able to answer ? Incidentally, I've had a quick look at the user opinion section on Amazon's web-site relating to this recorder and the general opinion of the RD-VX47 seems favourable, with the exception of comments concerning an overly-complicated instruction manual and a poor remote control handset !
    Here's the problem: My friend has an elderly neighbour who wants to have some treasured old VHS tapes transferred to DVD, because his old VHS recorder has gone kaput ! My friend would obviously like to assist his neighbour and at the same time is toying with the idea of upgrading his existing LG VHS Recorder/DVD player combo. Firstly, could I ask you if you have been pleased so far with the results from the Toshiba and is it easy to use ? Secondly, if I have understood correctly, the RD-VX47 doesn't appear to have a digital Freeview tuner built in, so does this mean my friend would have to connect his existing Freeview box into the back of the RD-VX47
    somehow ? Lastly, would this mean that he would have to watch the same programme as he is recording, because this is precisely the scenario he is trying to avoid. Anyhow, I trust you can help with some of these questions, so many thanks in advance.

    Regards, Richard
  3. Woodfur

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    Hi Richard,

    Well so far I have found it very easy to use, we set it up in about 15 mins, it has inputs (Scart) for your TV, sky/freeview and external equiptment (like a camcorder) and I made a couple of recordings onto the HDD and I have just set the timer to "tape" a couple of things. I think the good thing about it is that I did have a habit of taping all sorts of stuff onto different tapes because I couldn't find the one I wanted at the time and with this I can tape them onto the HDD then sort them out before I out them onto DVD... but I haven't tried this yet.

    With regards to taping off freeview, at the moment I have to tape off the channel I'm on just like on my old video recorder...but I have heard that if you buy a freeview box with a duel tuner this may avoid that situation... but that's why I was asking about the Satellite link, because it may be able to do something clever that I just can't figure out (like allow you to tape a freeview channel you're not on)!

    Hope that helps!:)
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    most dvd recorders only have a single tuner , so this does not allow watching one channel and recording another, to do that its usually best to have a freeview tv , or a tv with an additional freeview box

    that way your recorder does 1 job and you watch something else

    an alternative is to have sky plus for sky or V+ if you are on cable

    a proper twin tuner pvr can do what you want , record one channel and you watch another channel , and there are a few of these around , the best being the humax 9200t , bur these do not have their own dvd , so you need a dvd recorder if wanting to record onto dvd from them

    not sure if this helps your question but it may help you to deal with what you have got
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    I would guess that the user must have a a satellite box connected with a timer that switches the satellite box on and, if satellite link is enabled,this also initiates recording on the Tosh.

    Chris Muriel, Manchester
  6. Completenewbie

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    Hi Woodfur & others,

    Thanks very much for taking the time to reply to my questions. It would seem that the Toshiba RD-VX47 is perfectly capable of transferring my friend's neighbour's VHS tapes to DVD, but less than ideal for recording off-air Freeview programmes whilst watching something else !
    I am assuming that in order to be able to use the timer-function of the Toshiba, his Freeview tuner would need to be a) turned on & b) tuned into the desired Freeview channel ?
    In that case, does anybody know of a company which produces a twin-tuner Freeview box ???

    Best regards
    Richard
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    there are many twin tuner pvr hdd recorders ( but not dvd recorders )

    one of the best is the humax 9200t , but there are others like topfield etc

    note these dont have a dvd recorder or dvd player though

    I use the sony 970b recorder myself , which has analogue and digital tuners , and watch the tv tuner or a satellite box when the recorder is busy recording
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    Hi Ramjet

    Do you know if there are any Twin-Tuner Freeview boxes on the market, NOT Twin-Tuner HDD PVR's etc.

    Best regards
    Richard
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    I doubt it as there would be little point as you cannot watch 2 channels at once
  10. Woodfur

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    Thanks for getting back to me Chris, I guess my confusion comes because I do have a sky box connected to the Toshiba, but the satellite button doesn't seem to do anything... and there doesn't seem to be any clear instructions on where I need to plug the Sky box to get it to work. But I thought knowing what the satellite link is supposed to do might give me a hint!

    So you think when you press the satellite link button it starts a timer to record?

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