My head is spinning....too much electronic stuff!
I'm not sure I'm going to make it through this digital change-over. I bought several zenith DTV converter boxes, and am getting used to them.......but only in the simplest situations (TV only).
In my bedroom, I have a TV, a VCR, and a DVD-R combo with a VCR in it. I prefer to keep using the simple VCR for all my daily taping of shows, since I don't want to wear out the one on the expensive DVD-R, since some day I want to transfer my VHS home movies to discs.
A couple years ago, I bought some splitters, etc., to try to make it so I could tape TV shows on the DVD-R machine too, but I haven't gotten around to that. Now there's this huge digital change-over thing, and I'm going NUTS.
I've looked up alot of the old posts about connecting VCRs to DTV converter boxes, and it sounds like such a pain in the butt. It seems as though I would have to buy another converter box just for the VCR, if I wanted to be able to tape 2 shows on different channels.
Someone at Radio Shack told me that I could buy this thing (for another $50), so that I could plug everything into it, and it would make VCR taping and DVD watching, etc. easier. Is that true? It was a block that had several jacks on it.
This all seems like a big gimmick to get us to spend tons of money on new electronic stuff. I know that sounds paranoid......but if you're like me and my husband.....we keep things until they just don't work anymore. We don't run out and buy the latest electronic stuff.
This is just so damned frustrating. On one of my TVs (so far....there may be more)......I will always have to use 2 remotes......one to turn on the TV, and one for the Converter box. I'm not able to program the remote to control the TV. Maybe I'll just give up watching TV at all.
I routinely tape several shows each day. It used to be so simple to do that. Now I'm going to need a Ph.D. to figure this out. I'm just really ticked off.
Why can't I program the remote to turn this one TV on and off?
I suppose the easiest thing for me to do is to start using my DVD-R combo (with VCR) all the time, so I only have one thing to plug into the converter box.....but I just don't want to wear it out. Is it even possible to plug the VCR and the DVD-R combo into the converter box at the same time???
Thanks for listening to my rantings.