I recently had Rogers Ignite installed. I have a DVD recorder that I use for personal use that I would like to hook back up. I have the main TV with the small ignite box. Secondary TV with the small Ignite box and TV that is being used as a computer monitor - no small Ignite box, but in the same room with the main modem. Is there a way to do this?
Do you just want to watch DVDs? If so, just connect the DVD recorder to the TV the way you did before (using analogue audio (red/white) and composite (yellow) or S-Video or Component Video?). You need to switch the TV's inputs between the DVD recorder and whatever else is connected.
If you wish to record programming, this gets really tricky since Ignite boxes only have an HDMI output and you'd have to purchase a converter to convert HDMI to whatever the DVD recorder accepts - like analogue audio (red/white) and composite video (Yellow). Of course this would only connect the box to the recorder. If you also wish to watch TV with the same box, then you'd need to split the HDMI signal first using an HDMI splitter, connecting one HDMI to the TV and one to the recorder via the converter.
Why would you want to record on the DVD recorder since Ignite has recording capability?
I like to have stuff on discs..I'm old school. Also, I have discs that aren't finalized that I would like to finalize. And..I just bought it, I'd like to get the use out of it.
My DVD recorder has the component (red/blue/green), the AV (red/white/yellow) and HDMI. Where could I purchase a converter?
Where could I purchase a converter?
Online, or perhaps someplace like Best Buy. ($25-$100+) You need an "HDMI to composite video converter" (yellow) (powered) (not an adaptor). You can then feed this signal to your recorder. I"m not sure if these converters downconvert the signal to 480i, which is required by your recorder, or whether you need to set the ignite box to output 480i. Most recorders only have composite video or S-video inputs. If yours has component video in, you'll need to set the Ignite Box to output 480i and perhaps consider an "HDMI to component video converter." Of course you're only recording in SD quality and the picture quality usually is not very good (especially in these days when some displays are 4k), but perhaps it's good enough for you on a small display.
My suggestion would be to record everything initially in the Ignite cloud, then hit "play" on the box and "record" on the DVD recorder, when you want to record your programme onto DVD. You would connect the DVD recorder to the TV in the same manner as before - HDMI?
What's the exact make/model of the DVD recorder?
I'm not sure if it's necessary with a converter, but, as discussed earlier in this thread, did you set the video output of the IgniteTV box to 480i?
I'm not sure which converter you have, but if it's a composite (yellow) cable, make sure it's connected to the proper input of the DVD recorder. Also, make sure the DVD recorder's video output is properly connected to the TV for video. You can check the latter by playing a regular DVD.
I have same problem. I was able to record the audio bit no video. How come. I was using an HDMI to RCA converter.
Hi, and welcome to the Community! What make/model of converter are you using? What HDMI input formats does it accept and what does it output? There are MANY such converters on the market and they all have their quirks.
I once borrowed a "MINI HDMI2AV (UP Scaler 1080P)" and tested it with Ignite TV. That model accepted 720P and 1080P HD inputs and converted the signal to interlaced SD anamorphic composite video output. The picture looks "squished" on a 4:3 television but looks normal when "zoomed" on a widescreen TV.
Those converters can also be fussy. Some want all of the video connections hooked up before connecting power to the converter, some want the converter to be powered before connecting the HDMI input. Be sure to read the directions that come with your device. Also, not all of these devices work with Ignite TV, and converters sold in Canada cannot (legally) strip HDCP and could break at any time, depending on how/when Rogers applies copy protection the the HDMI output on the set-top box.
Philips DVD Recorder/VCR to new Ignite PVR box:
I have a Philips DVD Recorder/VCR (model# DVDR3385V/F7) that I want to hook up to use again to record things. I am old school and I love recording my Christmas movies each year to keep and watch over in particular. How do I attach it? I don’t want to rid of a machine either that cost me over $400.
@caflewe : It looks like your post was moved to this existing thread on the topic. Please read earlier posts in this thread starting with post 2. Here are additional comments:
1. The DVD recorder cannot be connected directly to an incoming coax like it was in the analogue days decades ago or directly to a box like you could with the Nextbox.
2. You would need to connect the IgniteTV box to the DVD recorder, however, Ignite only has an HDMI output, so you'd need to get a converter to provide the analogue cable outputs required by the DVD recorder - usually composite video (yellow) and analogue audio (red/white) cables.
3. If you want to also have a feed to the TV, the converter will need to maintain the HDMI output signal as well. The converter will also need to be compatible with the IgniteTV signals, which not all are.
4. You would record the programme you wish to record on the IgniteTV cloud first and then play it back later hitting the "record" button(s) on the DVD recorder when you hit play on the programme.
5. This is not straight forward and the quality is usually quite low (480i SD).
6. The IgniteTV cloud can save your Christmas movies for up to a year and they almost always repeat each year, so there is really no need to record them onto a DVD in poor quality with all the effort required.
7. Many of these may also be available on the web as required for viewing.