TV/VCR
User’s Guide
Changing Entertainment. Again.
Important Information
WARNING
To reduce the risk of fire or
electric shock, do not expose
this product to rain or moisture.
WARNING
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not remove
cover (or back). No user serviceable parts inside.
Refer servicing to qualified service personnel.
This symbol indicates
"dangerous voltage" inside
the product that presents a
risk of electric shock or
personal injury.
This symbol indicates
important instructions
accompanying the product.
Caution: To prevent electric shock, match wide blade of
plug to wide slot, fully insert.
Attention: Pour éviter les chocs électriques, introduire
la lame la plus large de la fiche dans la borne
correspondante de la prise et pousser jusqú au fond.
Refer to the identification/rating label located on the back panel of your
product for its proper operating voltage.
FCC Regulations state that unauthorized changes or modifications to this
equipment may void the user’s authority to operate it.
If fixed (non-moving) images are left on the screen for long periods,
they may be permanently imprinted on the picture tube. Such
images include network logos, phone numbers, and video games.
This damage is not covered by your warranty. Extended viewing of
channels displaying these images should be avoided.
Cable TV Installer: This reminder is provided to call your attention to
Article 820-40 of the National Electrical Code (Section 54 of the Canadian
Electrical Code, Part 1) which provides guidelines for proper grounding and,
in particular, specifies that the cable ground shall be connected to the
grounding system of the building as close to the point of cable entry as
practical.
Product Registration
Please fill out the product registration card and return it immediately. Returning the card allows us to contact
you if needed.
Keep your sales receipt to obtain warranty parts and service and for proof of purchase. Attach it here and record
the serial and model numbers in case you need them. The numbers are located on the back of the television.
Model No. __________________________________________________________________________________________
Serial No. __________________________________________________________________________________________
Purchase Date: ______________________________________________________________________________________
Dealer/Address/Phone: ______________________________________________________________________________
Introduction
Key Features Overview
Your TV/VCR is equipped with features that will add to your TV/VCR viewing experience. The
following information summarizes a few of these features. Chapter 2 provides more information
about the rest of the TV/VCR’s features and how to use them.
V-CHIP RATING LIMIT
V-Chip: Parental Controls
1
Rating
TV-MA
Description: You can block programs and movies by content, age-based
ratings, and/or movie ratings.
2
Status
View
34567
D L S V FV
VVV
Requirements:
TV-MA V
TV-14 V
TV-PG V
LSV
DLSV
DLSV
Press MENU to exit
TV-G V
TV-Y7 VFV
TV-Y V
•
Set up the Parental Controls menu in the TV/VCR’s main menu (Chapter 2
has details).
•
The broadcasters must use the rating system when they send the program to
your TV/VCR in order for your TV/VCR to block the program.
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Table of Contents
Introduction
Key Features Overview .................................................................................................... 1
V-Chip: Parental Controls ........................................................................................... 1
Chapter 1: Connections & Setup
Things to Consider Before You Connect ......................................................................... 6
Protect Against Power Surges ................................................................................... 6
Protect Components from Overheating ................................................................... 6
Position Cables Properly to Avoid Audio Interference ............................................ 6
Important Stand and Base Safety Information ........................................................ 6
Use Indirect Light ....................................................................................................... 6
Connection Pictures ................................................................................................... 6
Choose Your Connection .................................................................................................. 7
Connection: TV/VCR + Antenna ....................................................................................... 8
Connection: TV/VCR + Cable Box ................................................................................... 9
Set the Menu Language (Escoja un idioma/Choisissez une langue) ..................... 10
Initial Setup ..................................................................................................................... 10
Adding or Removing Channels ................................................................................ 11
Setting the Signal Type (optional) ........................................................................... 11
Complete Auto Channel Search .............................................................................. 11
VCR Basics ....................................................................................................................... 12
Playing a Tape ........................................................................................................... 12
Automatic Rewind ................................................................................................... 12
Basic Recording ........................................................................................................ 12
Checking the Safety Tab .......................................................................................... 12
The Buttons on the Remote Control ............................................................................. 13
Chapter 2: Using the TV/VCR’s Features
Parental Controls and V-Chip ......................................................................................... 16
How V-Chip Works ................................................................................................... 16
V-Chip TV Rating Limit ............................................................................................. 17
Blocking Specific Content Themes .......................................................................... 19
Viewing Specific Content Themes ........................................................................... 20
V-Chip Movie Rating Limit ....................................................................................... 20
V-Chip Unrated Program Block ............................................................................... 21
Front Panel Block ..................................................................................................... 22
Lock/Unlock Parental Controls ................................................................................ 22
Recording Features ......................................................................................................... 23
Recording Speeds ..................................................................................................... 23
Recording Pause ....................................................................................................... 23
Types of Recording ................................................................................................... 23
Express Recording (XPR) .......................................................................................... 24
Timer Recording ....................................................................................................... 25
Picture Search Options ................................................................................................... 27
Tracking ........................................................................................................................... 29
Time Counter .................................................................................................................. 29
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Chapter 3: Using the TV/VCR’s Menu System
How to Use Your TV/VCR’s Menu System ..................................................................... 32
Screen Menu ................................................................................................................... 32
Time Menu ...................................................................................................................... 33
Additional Setup Features in the Menu ........................................................................ 34
Chapter 4: Other Information
Troubleshooting .............................................................................................................. 36
Care and Cleaning .......................................................................................................... 40
Front Panel ...................................................................................................................... 41
RCA TV/VCR Limited Warranty ...................................................................................... 42
Index ................................................................................................................................ 45
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Connections & Setup
Chapter Overview:
•
Things to Consider Before You Connect
•
Choose Your Connection
•
Connections
•
Plug in the TV/VCR
•
Put Batteries in the Remote
•
Turn on the TV/VCR
•
Initial Setup
•
VCR Basics
•
Buttons on the Remote Control
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Connections & Setup
Things to Consider Before You Connect
Protect Against Power Surges
•
Connect all components before you plug any of their power cords into the wall outlet.
•
Turn off the TV/VCR and/or component before you connect or disconnect any cables.
•
Make sure all antennas and cables are properly grounded. Refer to the Important
Safeguards sheet packed with your TV/VCR.
Protect Components from Overheating
•
Don’t block ventilation holes on any of the components. Arrange the components so that
air can circulate freely.
•
Don’t stack components.
•
When you place components in a stand, make sure you allow adequate ventilation.
•
If you connect an audio receiver or amplifier, place it on the top shelf so the heated air
from it won’t flow around other components.
Position Cables Properly to Avoid Audio Interference
•
Insert each cable firmly into the designated jack.
•
If you place components above the TV/VCR, route all cables down the side of the back of
the TV/VCR instead of straight down the middle of the back of the TV/VCR.
•
If your antenna uses 300-ohm twin lead cables, do not coil the cables. Also, keep the twin
lead cables away from audio/video cables.
Important Stand and Base Safety Information
Choose the location for your TV/VCR carefully. Place the TV/VCR on a stand or base that is of
adequate size and strength to prevent the TV/VCR from being accidentally tipped over, pushed
off, or pulled off. This could cause personal injury and/or damage the TV/VCR. Refer to the
Important Safeguards sheet packed with your TV/VCR.
Use Indirect Light
Don’t place the TV/VCR where sunlight or room lighting will be directed toward the screen.
Use soft or indirect lighting.
Connection Pictures
Audio/video cables are usually bundled together. For better visibility, the connection pictures in
this book show each cable separately (audio left, audio right, and video).
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Choose Your Connection
There are several ways to connect your TV/VCR. Please use the following chart to determine
which connection is best for you. Proceed to the appropriate page and connect your TV/VCR.
Components
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Cables Needed to Connect Components to Your TV/VCR
The pictures below show the cables needed for the connections represented in this book.
Notes: Audio/Video cables (A/V cables for short) are usually sold as a bundled set, but
the connection pictures in this book show each cable separately for better visibility.
Audio/Video cables
Chapter 1
Coaxial cable
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TV/VCR back panel
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IN FROM
ANTENNA
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Do not connect a dipole antenna if you plan to
connect a different type of indoor or outdoor
antenna or cable system. This connection may
require additional accessories not provided.
Connection: TV/VCR + Antenna
1. Insert your antenna into your TV/VCR
Insert the antenna base into the pocketed slot on the back of your TV/VCR until it locks
into place.
2. Connect the cable to your TV/VCR
Connect the cable from the antenna adapter to the IN FROM ANTENNA or IN FROM ANT jack
on the back of the TV/VCR.
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TV/VCR back panel
INPUT
AUDIO
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TV
IN FROM
ANTENNA
VIDEO
CABLE BOX
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TV OUT
2
From Cable Line
Connection: TV/VCR + Cable Box
1.
Connect the cable box to TV/VCR
Connect a coaxial cable to the TV OUT Jack on the cable box and to the IN FROM ANTENNA
jack on the TV/VCR.
2. Connect the cable line to your cable box
Connect the coaxial cable feed to CABLE IN Jack on the cable box.
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Plug in the TV/VCR
Plug the end of the power cord into the wall outlet. Match the wide blade of the plug with the
wide slot in the outlet. Insert the plug completely into the outlet.
Put Batteries in the Remote
1.
Remove the battery compartment cover on the remote.
2.
Insert new batteries. Match the polarities (+ and -) on the batteries with the
diagram on the remote.
3.
Put the battery compartment cover back on the remote.
Turn on the TV/VCR
Press POWER on front of the TV/VCR or press TV or VCR on the remote. The
indicator in the POWER button on the front of the TV/VCR will light when the
TV/VCR is on.
Set the Menu Language (Escoja un idioma/Choisissez
une langue)
Your TV menu language is set to English. If you need to set your TV/VCR to a
different language, follow these steps:
TV/VCR MAIN MENU
1
2
3
4
5
Screen
Time
Timer Recordings
Parental Controls
Setup
SETUP
1.
Press Menu on the remote to display the TV/VCR MAIN MENU.
2.
Press 1 to select the SCREEN menu.
3.
Press 3 to choose between English, Spanish and French.
Initial Setup
There are several preferences to choose from that customize your TV/VCR, such
as setting channels and signal type. To complete the initial setup press MENU to
access the TV/VCR MAIN MENU, then press 5 to select Setup. Complete the
following steps to setup your TV correctly.
0 Exit
1 Auto Channel Search
2 Add/Remove Channels
3 Set Auto Repeat
4 Auto Play:
ON
5 Signal Type:
CABLE
0 Exit
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Complete Auto Channel Search
The Auto Channel Search allows the TV/VCR to search for all channels viewable
through your antenna or cable TV system. This is sometimes called “auto
programming.”
AUTO CHANNEL SEARCH
1.
Press MENU on the remote to display the TV/VCR MAIN MENU.
2.
Press 5 to display the SETUP menu.
3.
Press 1 to start Auto Channel Search.
Allow the TV/VCR to search for all channels. Pressing any buttons during
the Auto Channel Search will stop the search and only some channels will
be in the TV/VCR’s memory. When the search is complete the TV/VCR will
automatically tune to the first channel in the channel memory list.
Now scanning channel 14
Press any key to cancel
Adding or Removing Channels
You might want to add or remove channels if some of them are not active, have
weak signals, or you do not want them in your channel memory. A channel that
has been removed can still be selected by pressing the remote control’s number
buttons.
ADD REMOVE CHANNELS
Channel
10
is presently
ADDED
1.
Press MENU on the remote to display the TV/VCR MAIN MENU.
2.
Press 5 to display the SETUP menu.
3.
Press 2 to display the ADD/REMOVE CHANNELS screen. Follow the onscreen directions to add or remove a channel.
4.
You can add or remove more channels by entering the channel number or
pressing CHAN up or down.
Press CLEAR to remove
Press MENU to exit
Setting the Signal Type (optional)
The TV/VCR automatically selects the signal type (cable or antenna) for you
during the Auto Channel Search. If you want to change the signal type, follow
the directions below.
SETUP
1
2
3
4
5
Auto Channel Search
Add/Remove Channels
Set Auto Repeat
Auto Play:
ON
Signal Type:
CABLE
1.
Press MENU on the remote to display the TV/VCR MAIN MENU.
2.
Press 5 to display the SETUP menu.
3.
Press 5 to choose between the ANTENNA and CABLE.
After changing the signal type, you might need to re-enter the channel
number you are trying to receive. You might also need to run the Auto
Channel Search again.
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VCR Basics
Now that you’ve finished the initial setup, you can watch TV. You can also begin using your
VCR. In order to begin, you must first understand some basic concepts.
Playing a Tape
1.
Insert a tape in the TV/VCR.
If the Auto Play feature is set to ON, the tape automatically begins playback
(if the safety tab on the cassette is removed). See Chapter 3 for more details
on Auto Play.
WAKE UP TIMER POWER
STOP
EJECT
REC
REW
PLAY
F FWD
VOL-
VOL+
CH
•
Press F.FWD or REW (FF or REW on the remote) to position the tape.
•
Press PLAY (if necessary) to begin tape play.
•
Press PAUSE for stop action.
•
Press TRACKING up or down (TRACKING + or - on the remote control)
to remove any streaks from the picture, if necessary.
•
Press STOP to stop tape play.
•
Press EJECT on the TV/VCR to eject the tape. You can also press and
hold the stop button the on the remote control for three seconds.
CH
PAUSE
AUDIO IN
VIDEO IN
Automatic Rewind
The TV/VCR automatically rewinds the tape when it reaches the end of the
cassette during playback. While rewinding, you can press the OFF button on the
remote and the TV/VCR will eject the tape and turn off after rewinding.
Basic Recording
1.
Set the tape speed by pressing the SPEED button on the remote. See
Chapter 2 for more details on tape speed.
2.
Press the RECORD button to begin recording.
3.
Press STOP when you want to stop recording.
If you want to pause the recording for a short time (such as during a
commercial), press PAUSE instead of STOP.
Checking the Safety Tab
No matter which recording option you use, make sure there is a tape in the
TV/VCR with its safety tab in place. You cannot record on a tape with the safety
tab removed. If the safety tab is removed and you want to record on it, simply
cover the hole with adhesive tape.
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The Buttons on the Remote Control
OFF
TV
Your backlit remote has a light button (
) that glows in the dark. Press this
button to light the CH ^/v and VOL </> buttons. The remote buttons remain lit
when they are pressed within a few seconds of each other. If a button is not
pressed within approximately seven seconds, the light turns off to conserve
battery power.
VCR
REW
PLAY
FF
REC
STOP
PAUSE
SLEEP
DISPLAY
To enter a two-digit channel, press the two digits. To enter a three-digit channel,
press and hold the first digit for two seconds until two dashes appear to the
right of the number, then add the second two. Example: to tune to channel 123,
press and hold 1 for two seconds, press 2, then press 3.
VOL
VOL
CHAN
CHAN
PREV
MUTE
CLEAR
MENU
0-9 (Number buttons) Enter channel numbers and time settings directly
through the remote control.
RESET
CH (up and down) buttons Scan up or down through stored channels. Press
once to change the channel up or down; press and hold to continue changing
channels.
1
2
3
CLEAR Removes any menu or display from the screen and returns you to
TV viewing.
4
5
6
DISPLAY Displays TV/VCR’s current status. Displays time counter when a tape
is inserted. Press again to remove display.
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8
9
SKIP
SPEED
H
SE
0
ARC
-
TRACK
+
F.ADV
F. ADV (Frame Advance) Advances the tape one frame at a time when the
tape is in PAUSE mode. Also fast forwards the tape through a commercial when
a tape is playing.
FF (Fast Forward) Fast forwards the tape when the TV/VCR is stopped. Also
searches the picture in forward motion during playback.
MENU
Displays the TV/VCR’s Main menu.
MUTE Lowers the TV/VCR volume to its minimum level. Press again to restore
volume.
OFF
Turns the TV/VCR off.
PAUSE Pauses the tape during playback. Also pauses the tape during
recording to prevent recording of unwanted scenes.
PLAY Plays a tape.
PREV (Previous channel) Switches between the last two channels selected.
REC (Record) Starts TV/VCR recording. Used for express recording.
RESET Resets video functions to factory settings. Also used to reset time for
wake-up timer and alarm.
REW (Rewind) Rewinds the tape when the TV/VCR is stopped. Also searches
the picture in reverse during playback.
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SKIP/SEARCH Operates Commercial Skip during TV viewing. (This only works when there is
no tape in the TV/VCR). Displays INDEX, ZERO, and BLANK search screens when tape is
inserted in the TV/VCR. Operates Commercial Scan by advancing tape 60 seconds during
playback.
SLEEP Sets TV/VCR to automatically turn off in 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes
SPEED (Tape Speed) Selects a recording speed (SLP, SP, or LP).
STOP Stops functions such as record, play, rewind, fast forward, and pause.
TRACK - and + (Tracking down and up) Allows the manual reduction of streaks which may
appear on the picture during regular or slow-motion playback. Reduces picture “jitter” during
stop-action (paused) playback.
TV
VCR
Turns on the TV/VCR.
Turns on the TV/VCR.
VOL (up and down) buttons Decrease or increase the TV/VCR volume.
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Chapter 2
Using the TV/VCR’s
Features
Chapter Overview:
•
Parental Controls and V-Chip
•
Recording Features
•
Picture Search Options
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Using the TV/VCR’s Features
TV/VCR MAIN MENU
1
2
3
4
5
Screen
Time
Timer Recordings
Parental Controls
Setup
PARENTAL CONTROLS
1 V-Chip Rating Limit
0 Exit
2 V-Chip Movie Rating Limit
3 Unrated Programs: Block
4 Lock Parental Controls
0 Exit
Parental Controls and V-Chip
The Parental Controls menu allows you to program your TV/VCR so that
children cannot see certain programs, channels, or use the front panel controls.
The first three choices in the Parental Controls menu involve software inside
your TV/VCR (referred to as V-Chip) which allows you to block TV programs
and movies based on violence, sex, or other content you may believe children
should not view. In other words, it lets you program your TV/VCR so it won’t
display certain programs.
Once you block programs, you or other adults can unblock programs by
entering a password.
By default, the software inside your TV is turned “off,” so if you don’t want to
use this feature, you can just ignore it.
How V-Chip Works
When turned “on,” the V-Chip software reads a code that most broadcasters
send with programs. That code tells the software the program’s age-based rating
(TV-MA, TV-14, etc.) and content themes [(Violence (V), Adult Language (L),
etc.)]. If you have blocked the rating and/or content themes that the program
contains, you will receive the message, “This channel is not approved for
viewing,” when you tune to that particular channel.
Broadcasters are not required to provide content themes, so programs received
with no content themes will only be blocked if you block their age-based rating.
You can also block out programs that have been given a rating of “Not Rated,”
and programs that are considered “unrated” because no code has been sent by
the broadcaster. The TV age-based ratings and content themes you can block
are listed in the following table.
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Age-Based
Rating
Description and Content Themes for Age-Based Ratings
Mature Audience Only. Specifically designed to be viewed by adults and may be unsuitable for children
under 17. It contains one or more of the following content themes: crude indecent language (L), explicit
sexual activity (S), or graphic violence (V).
TV-MA
Parents Strongly Cautioned. Contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children
under 14. Parents are strongly urged to exercise greater care in monitoring this program and are cautioned
against letting children under the age of 14 watch unattended. This program contains one or more of the
following content themes: intensely suggestive dialogue (D), strong coarse language (L), intense sexual
situations (S), or intense violence (V).
TV-14
Parental Guidance Suggested. Contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children. Many
parents may want to watch it with their younger children. The program contains one or more of the following
content themes: some suggestive dialogue (D), infrequent coarse language (L), some sexual situations (S), or
moderate violence (V).
TV-PG
TV-G
General Audience. Most parents would find this program suitable for all ages. It contains
little or no sexual dialogue (D) or situations (S), no strong language (L), and little
or no violence (V).
TV-Y7
Directed to Children 7 years and older. Designed for children ages 7 and above. It may be more
appropriate for children who have acquired the developmental skills needed to distinguish between makebelieve and reality. Themes and elements in this program may include mild fantasy violence (FV) or comedic
violence, or may frighten children under the age of 7.
TV-Y
All Children. Themes and elements in this program are designed for a young audience, including children
from ages 2-6. It is not expected to frighten younger children.
V-Chip Rating Limit
TV/VCR MAIN MENU
1
2
3
4
5
Screen
Time
Timer Recordings
Parental Controls
Setup
PARENTAL CONTROLS
1 V-Chip Rating Limit
0 Exit
2 V-Chip Movie Rating Limit
V-CHIP RATING LIMIT
3 Unrated Programs: Block
4 Lock
1 Parental2Controls
3 4 5 6 7
Rating
Status
D L S V FV
TV-MA
View
V V V
TV-MA V
0 Exit
TV-14 V
TV-PG V
LSV
DLSV
DLSV
TV-G V
TV-Y7 VFV
TV-Y V
The V-Chip Rating Limit lets you decide which TV programs can and cannot be
viewed.
To set TV programming limits:
1. Press MENU on the remote to display the TV/VCR MAIN MENU.
2.
Select Parental Controls (press 4).
3.
Select the V-Chip Rating Limit (press 1).
4. Use the number buttons 1-7 to change the status of TV program rating.
The following sections give you more details about how to change the status of
TV program limits.
Press MENU to exit
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Using the TV/VCR’s Features
The V-Chip Rating Limit Screen
The following is an example of where items are located within the Rating Limit screen.
Rating Status Field
Lets you select whether the status of the age-based rating limit to
the left is View or Block.
V-CHIP RATING LIMIT
Content Themes
1
Rating
TV-MA
Rating Field
2
Status
View
34567
D L S V FV
VVV
Lets you select from a
Lists the content themes you
can block or view.
Content Status Fields
Lets you select which
list of age-based ratings
TV-MA V
TV-14 V
TV-PG V
you can block or view.
LSV
DLSV
DLSV
TV-G V
TV-Y7 VFV
TV-Y V
content themes to view for
the selected rating, and
whether the status of the
content theme is currently
View (V) or Block (B).
Press MENU to exit
Rating Settings Area
Lets you see the current block/view state of age-based ratings and
associated content. The View (V) settings are coded in green, and the
Block (B) settings are coded in red.
Rating
field
Rating
status field
Content
status fields
V-CHIP RATING LIMIT
1
Rating
TV-PG
TV-MA B
TV-14 B
TV-PG B
2
Status
Block
LSV
DLSV
DLSV
34567
D L S V FV
BBBB
TV-G V
TV-Y7 VFV
TV-Y V
Blocking Age-Based Ratings
You can automatically block all program ratings above a specified age-based
rating level. For example, if you only want your child to watch programs that
have a TV-G rating and lower (in other words, you want the child to watch
TV-G, TV-Y7, and TV-Y), then you need to block out other programming with
higher ratings.
To block programs with higher ratings:
1.
First, determine the lowest level rating you don’t want the child to watch
(see chart of age-based ratings on next page).
2.
Continuously press 1 on the remote to scroll through the age-based ratings.
Keep scrolling until the rating corresponding with the lowest rating you do
not want the child to watch appears on the screen.
Press MENU to exit
Tip
When you change the status of a rating to
Block, the system will automatically block
higher ratings and all corresponding
content themes.
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In the example discussed above, you would press 1 until TV-PG appears,
since the highest rating you want the child to watch is TV-G.
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Hierarchy of Age-Based Ratings
TV-MA
Mature Audience Only
TV-14
Parents Strongly Cautioned
TV-PG
Parental Guidance Suggested
TV-G
General Audience
TV-Y7
Directed to Children 7 years
and older
TV-Y
All Children
3.
Press 2 to change the rating status from View (V) to Block (B). The status for
the rating listed to the left and all higher ratings automatically changes to
Block (B).
4.
Press MENU on the remote to return to the Parental Controls menu.
Tip
To reset the ratings to View and V, press the RESET
button on the remote.
Rating
field
Rating
status field
Content
status fields
V-CHIP RATING LIMIT
1
Rating
TV-14
2
Status
View
TV-MA B
TV-14 V
TV-PG B
LSV
DLSV
DLSV
34567
D L S V FV
VVVV
TV-G V
TV-Y7 VFV
TV-Y V
Press MENU to exit
Viewing Age-Based Ratings
After you block age-based ratings, you have the option of changing some of the
ratings back to View.
1.
Determine which blocked rating you want to view.
2.
Press 1 to scroll to the rating, such as TV-14, with a status of Block.
3.
Press 2 to change the status to View.
Note: The content status fields corresponding to the unblocked rating
become View as well. They and the age-based rating status are the only
fields that automatically change back to View when you complete
this process.
Note: You must remember to lock Parental Controls for rating limits to
take effect.
Blocking Specific Content Themes
Content Themes
D
Sexually explicit dialogue
L
Adult language
S
Sexual situations
V
Violence
FV
Fantasy Violence
TV-Y
All Children
You can block programs based on their content. (Content is represented by the
D, L, S, V, FV and TV-Y on your screen. See the beginning of this section for
details.) When you block a content theme for a particular rating, you
automatically block that content theme for higher rated programs as well.
For example, if you do not want your child to watch programs that have adult
language (L) rated TV-PG or higher, then you could block out all programming
TV-PG and above containing adult language.
(Steps explained on next page)
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Rating
status field
Rating
field
Content
themes
V-CHIP RATING LIMIT
1
Rating
TV-PG
2
Status
View
TV-MA V
TV-14 V
TV-PG V
LSV
DLSV
DLSV
To block program content:
1.
Determine the lowest level of content you don’t want the child to watch.
2.
Press 1 to scroll through the age-based ratings until the rating that
corresponds with the lowest content you do not want the child to watch
appears. (In the example above, you would scroll through the ratings until
the TV-PG rating appeared.)
3.
Press the number to select the field corresponding with the content theme
you want to block out.
4.
After you press the number, the V for the content theme should change to B
in the content status field. All higher ratings’ content theme will
automatically change to B.
5.
Press MENU to return to the Parental Controls menu.
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D L S V FV
VBVV
TV-G V
TV-Y7 VFV
TV-Y V
Press MENU to exit
Content
status fields
Note: Broadcasters are not required to provide content themes or agebased ratings. Programs received with no content themes will only be
blocked if you block their age-based rating.
Note: You must remember to lock Parental Controls for rating limits to
take effect.
Rating
field
Rating
status field
Content
themes
Viewing Specific Content Themes
V-CHIP RATING LIMIT
If you block specific content themes, you have the option of going back and
changing some of the content themes back to (V) View:
1
Rating
TV-14
1.
Determine the content themes you want to change to (V) View.
2.
Press 1 to scroll through the age-based ratings until the rating whose
content theme you want to change to View appears.
3.
Press the number on the remote corresponding to a particular content
theme status you want to view, such as the B under language (L)
corresponding with TV-14.
4.
After you press the number, the B should change to V in the content status
field. Your child would then be able to watch programs with TV-14 adult
language content, but not programs with TV-PG or TV-MA language
content.
2
Status
View
TV-MA B
TV-14 B
TV-PG V
LSV
DLSV
DLSV
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D L S V FV
BVBB
TV-G V
TV-Y7 VFV
TV-Y V
Press MENU to exit
Content
status fields
Note: Only the content theme status corresponding to TV-14
(L) language changes to (V) View. Higher rated content themes, such as
that for TV-MA language, do not change.
PARENTAL CONTROLS
1 V-Chip Rating Limit
2 V-Chip Movie Rating Limit
3 V-CHIP
Unrated Programs:
Block LIMIT
MOVIE RATING
4 Lock Parental Controls
Rating
Status
1
NR
2 View
NR
0 Exit
X
NC-17
R
View
View
View
View
PG-13
View
PG
View
G
View
Press MENU to exit
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V-Chip Movie Rating Limit
You set movie rating limits by blocking movies rated above a specified level.
How to block movie ratings and view movie ratings is explained in the next two
sections.
To access the V-CHIP MOVIE RATING LIMIT menu:
1.
Press MENU on the remote control (the TV/VCR MAIN MENU appears).
2.
Select Parental Controls (press 4).
3.
Select V-Chip Movie Rating Limit (press 2).
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Rating
status field
Rating field
V-CHIP MOVIE RATING LIMIT
Rating
1 NR
NR
X
NC-17
R
Status
2 Block
Block
Block
Block
Block
PG-13 Block
PG
View
G
View
Blocking Movie Ratings
If you only want your child to watch movies that have a PG rating and lower (in
other words, movies rated PG and G), then you could automatically block out
all other movies with higher ratings.
To block movies:
1.
Determine the lowest rating you don’t want the child to watch.
2.
Continuously press 1 until the rating that corresponds with the lowest
content you do not want the child to watch appears. (In the example
above, you would scroll through the ratings until PG-13, since the highest
rating you want the child to watch is PG.)
3.
Press 2 to change the status from View to Block. All higher ratings’ status
will automatically change to Block.
4.
Press MENU to exit.
Press MENU to exit
Note: If Parental Controls are not locked, you must lock them so the
movie rating limits will take effect.
Note: Some movies may be given a Not Rated (NR) rating. After blocking
movie ratings, you must set NR to View separately to view NR movies.
Rating field
Rating
status field
V-CHIP MOVIE RATING LIMIT
Rating
1
PG-13
NR
X
NC-17
R
Block
Block
Block
Block
Status
2 View
PG-13
PG
G
Block
View
View
Press MENU to exit
Viewing Movie Ratings
After you block movie ratings, you have the option of changing some of the
rating status buttons back to View:
1.
Determine the movie ratings you want to change to View.
2.
Continuously press 1 until the rating appears that you want to view.
3.
Press 2 to change the status from Block to View.
For example, if movies with a rating of PG-13 and higher are blocked, you can
change the rating status corresponding with NC-17. Your child would then be
able to watch all movies with a G, PG, and NC-17 Rating.
4.
TV/VCR MAIN MENU
1
2
3
4
5
Screen
Time
Timer Recordings
Parental Controls
Setup
PARENTAL CONTROLS
1 V-Chip Rating Limit
0 Exit
2 V-Chip Movie Rating Limit
3 Unrated Programs: Block
4 Lock Parental Controls
Press MENU to exit the screen, and be sure parental controls are locked.
V-Chip Unrated Program Block
Selecting this option lets you decide if programs that the V-Chip recognizes as
“unrated” can be viewed. Note that “unrated” TV programs may include news,
sports, political, religious, local and weather programs, emergency bulletins,
public announcements, and programs without ratings.
View All unrated programs are available.
Block All unrated programs are not available.
Note: You must remember to lock Parental Controls for rating limits to
take effect.
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Front Panel Block
Selecting this option lets you block (disable) or unblock (enable) the TV/VCR’s front panel. The
remote still tunes to any channel. Front Panel Block can:
•
Keep children from watching TV when the parent is not present.
•
Keep young children from playing with the buttons.
(When using this as a Parental Control method, you should remove access to any remote that is
capable of operating the television while you have the front panel blocked.)
Don’t forget to lock parental controls after you change the status. If you do not, the front panel
block will not take effect.
To set Front Panel Block:
1.
With the TV/VCR on, press and hold the POWER button on the remote for approximately 6
seconds. The indicator in the Power button flashes.
The indicator in the Power button flashes if the STOP/EJECT or POWER buttons on the
front panel are pushed but nothing will happen.
2.
To turn off the Front Panel Block, press and hold the POWER button for 6 seconds.
TV/VCR MAIN MENU
1
2
3
4
5
Screen
Time
PARENTAL
Timer
Recordings CONTROLS
Parental
1 V-ChipControls
Rating Limit
Setup
2 V-Chip Movie Rating Limit
3 Unrated Programs: Block
4 Lock Parental Controls
0 Exit
0 Exit
Lock/Unlock Parental Controls
Selecting this option lets you lock and unlock parental controls settings using a
password.
If you do not lock parental controls, none of the settings for V-Chip
Rating Limits or Unrated Programs will take effect.
If you forget your password, simultaneously press STOP/EJECT on the TV/VCR
front panel and MENU on the remote. This resets the password, but not the
limits you’ve set.
To Lock/Unlock Parental Controls:
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1.
Press MENU to display the TV/VCR MAIN MENU.
2.
Select Parental Controls (press 4).
3.
Select Lock Parental Controls (press 4).
4.
Use the number buttons on your remote to enter a four-digit password.
Press CLEAR to make any corrections and MENU to exit.
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Recording Features
The VCR provides several different ways to record programs from the TV. The following pages
explain how to use the types of recording feature.
Recording Speeds
Press SPEED to select a recording speed.
SLP
•
SP (Standard Play) gives the best quality recording; consequently, fewer
programs can be recorded on the tape. Most pre-recorded, rental tapes are
recorded in SP.
•
LP (Long Play) gives twice the recording time of tapes recorded in SP.
Special effects such as pause, slow motion, picture search, and frame
advance are not recommended in this speed.
•
SLP (Super Long Play) gives three times the recording time of tapes
recorded in SP. Special effects such as pause, slow motion, picture search,
and frame advance work in this speed.
Tape Speed Indicator
Recording Time
Cassette SP
T-120
T-160
SLP
2 hours
6 hours
2 hrs 40 min 8 hours
LP
4 hours
5 hrs 20 min
Recording Pause
This feature allows you to prevent recording short passages of unwanted
material.
Press PAUSE during recording to temporarily stop and start recording. While the
tape is paused, the front panel indicator light inside the REC button will flash.
The TV/VCR will automatically switch from pause to stop after a few minutes to
prevent tape wear.
Types of Recording
Your TV/VCR provides four ways to capture programming:
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1.
Recording
allows you to press one button to record a program.
2.
Express Recording (XPR) allows recording to start while a program is
being watched. This feature automatically stops recording after a designated
period of time.
3.
Timer Recording program the VCR for a daily, weekly, or onetime
recording which will automatically start and stop at the times you set.
4.
Copying and Editing Tapes
camcorder.
allows you to record from another VCR or
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Express Recording (XPR)
Use XPR to quickly record the remaining portion of a program being watched. XPR is a great
way to capture the end of a sporting event that has run into overtime or a live broadcast that
runs long.
XPR works in 30-minute increments. You can capture the last 30, 60, 90, etc. minutes of
programming (providing on tape length, up to four hours).
To Activate XPR:
1.
Insert a tape with the safety tab in place into the TV./VCR. The TV/VCR will
turn on.
2.
Select the channel with the desired programming. To record from the
AUDIO/VIDEO IN jacks, press INPUT. Two selections appear in the
channel field. Press 1 to select VIDEO 1, the rear AUDIO/VIDEO IN jacks.
Press 2 to select the front panel AUDIO/VIDEO IN jacks.
Note: To override the preferred tape speed setting, press the SPEED
button on the remote control repeatedly to toggle through SP or SLP
choices.
RECORD
LENGTH
CH 04
0:00
3.
Press REC (Record) twice to start recording.
4.
Repeatedly press REC to set up the recording duration.
•
Each press of REC adds 30 minutes of recording time.
•
The TV/VCR automatically turns off after recording for the amount of time
set.
•
To stop capturing XPR, press and hold the STOP button on the remote
control or TV/VCR front panel for several seconds until “STOP” appears
on-screen.
5.
During express recording, press REC to display the time remaining on the
screen. Press REC again to increase the recording time. The TIMER REC
indicator on the TV/VCR’s front panel will light during express recording.
Press REC to set length
Each time you press RECORD, the
recording time increases 30 minutes.
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TV/VCR MAIN MENU
1
2
3
4
5
Screen
Time
Timer Recordings
Parental Controls
TIMER RECORDINGS
Setup
1 Create a New Program
2 Review Existing Programs
0 Exit
How often should this program
record?
1
2
3
4
One time
Daily (every day)
Weekdays (M-F)
Weekly (once per week)
Program 1 (One Time)
Channel
Start time
End time
Start date
Tape Speed
08
02:10 PM
03:35 PM
02/12/00 Sat
SLP
Press CLEAR to correct
Press MENU to save
Timer Recording
Timer recording allows you to program the TV/VCR to record up to eight
different programs. This is useful if you plan on being away from home for a
long period of time. Before setting the timer, make sure that the clock is set
correctly.
To set a timer recording:
1.
Press MENU to display the TV/VCR MAIN MENU.
2.
Press 3 to display the TIMER RECORDINGS menu.
3.
Press 1 to Create a New Program.
4.
Select how often you want the program to record.
5.
Enter the data for the program with the number buttons.
The data includes the channel number (press INPUT to select the video line
input), and start and end times (including AM or PM). The start date is
automatically entered based on the TV/VCR clock. Both the date and speed
can be changed.
6.
Press SPEED to select a recording speed.
7.
Review the information to make sure it is correct, and then press MENU to
save.
8.
Repeat steps 3-6 for additional programs.
9.
Insert a tape with safety tab intact before the recording is to begin. The
TIMER REC indicator on the TV/VCR’s front panel will light when timer
recording is set.
Note: If you turn off the TV/VCR, the TIMER REC indicator will flash if
there is no cassette in the TV/VCR or the safety tab is missing from the
cassette.
10. For cable box or satellite receiver, turn it on and tune it to the channel you
want to record before the recording is to begin.
Checking or Clearing Timer Recordings
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1.
Press MENU on the remote to display the TV/VCR MAIN MENU.
2.
Select Timer Recordings (press 3).
3.
Select Review Existing Progs. (press 2).
4.
Press CLEAR to erase a program.
5.
Press MENU to review the next program.
6.
After you have reviewed all of your programs press MENU to exit.
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Copying and Editing Tapes
Use another VCR or camcorder as the playback VCR and the TV/VCR as the recording VCR.
Note: The unauthorized recording of television programs and other materials may
infringe upon the rights of others.
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1.
Turn on the VCR or camcorder and the TV/VCR.
2.
Press 00 on the TV/VCR’s remote to select the line input (VIDEO1 or
VIDEO2). Pressing 00 once tunes the TV/VCR to the AUDIO/VIDEO1 input
jacks on the rear of the TV/VCR. Pressing twice tunes the TV/VCR to the
AUDIO/VIDEO2 input jacks on the front of the TV/VCR.
3.
Insert the tape you want to copy into the playback VCR or camcorder.
Insert a blank tape with the safety tab intact into the TV/VCR.
4.
Start the playback VCR or camcorder playing. If the tape was not recorded
on the playback VCR, streaks may appear and you may need to adjust the
tracking. When you reach the place you want to begin copying, place the
playback VCR or camcorder in play pause.
5.
Press REC, then PAUSE on the TV/VCR’s remote.
6.
Press PAUSE on both the VCR or camcorder and the TV/VCR’s remote at the
same time to begin copying the tape.
7.
Edit out segments that you do not want to copy by pressing PAUSE on the
TV/VCR’s remote to pause the tape. Then, locate the next segment you
want to copy on the playback VCR or camcorder by using FORWARD,
REVERSE, or PLAY. Press PAUSE on the playback VCR or camcorder. Press
PAUSE at the same time on both the VCR or camcorder and the TV/VCR’s
remote to resume copying.
8.
Press STOP on both the VCR or camcorder and the TV/VCR’s remote when
you are finished.
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Picture Search Options
The most basic way to search during playback is using the FF (Fast Forward) or REW (Rewind)
buttons. This section contains several other options available for searching a tape.
Picture Search
You can search a tape during playback. Sound is turned off during picture search. Search works
well for tapes recorded in SLP speed.
1.
During playback, press FF to search forward or REW to search in reverse.
2.
Press PLAY to return to normal playback.
Frame Advance
Frame advance allows you to view one-stop action frame after another during playback. Frame
advance works well for tapes recorded in SLP speed.
1.
Press PAUSE during playback to freeze the action.
2.
Press FR. ADV each time you want to view the next frame of the scene. Press and hold
FR. ADV to view the tape frame-by-frame.
3.
Press PAUSE or PLAY to return to normal playback.
Commercial Scan
This is useful for skipping commercials or short program segments. Press SKIP/SEARCH during
playback to advance the tape approximately 60 seconds.
INDEX SEARCH
Press REW or FF to begin
search
OR
Enter a specific
Index Number
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INDEX SEARCH
Index Search
The TV/VCR automatically records index marks on the tape each time you
begin recording. During playback you can locate the program you want to play
by the number of index marks. Your TV/VCR has two index playback features.
You can select a specific index number or search by scan and play.
To Select Scan and Play Index Playback:
Scanning...
1.
Insert the pre-recorded tape and press STOP.
Index Number
01
2.
Press SKIP/SEARCH on the remote to display the Index Search screen.
3.
Press FF on the remote to scan forward or REW to scan in reverse.
When the TV/VCR locates an index mark, it will stop and play a few
seconds of the program following the mark.
Press STOP to cancel
4.
At any time during the search, press PLAY to stop searching and begin
playback, or press STOP to stop the search.
If the beginning or end of the tape is reached during the search, the
message “End of tape” appears.
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INDEX SEARCH
Press REW or FF
to begin search
OR
Enter a specific
Index number
-Press SEARCH to exit
To Select a Specific Index Number for Index Playback:
1.
Insert the pre-recorded tape and press STOP.
2.
Press SKIP/SEARCH on the remote to display the INDEX SEARCH screen.
3.
Use the number buttons (0-9) on the remote to enter the number of the
index mark for which you want the TV/VCR to search.
4.
Press FF to search forward or REW to search in reverse.
When the TV/VCR locates the index mark, it will begin playback.
When using index playback, the following index marks may be skipped by
the TV/VCR:
ZERO SEARCH
Current tape counter is
0:12:34
Press REW to go to
0:00:00
Press SEARCH to exit
- OR -
ZERO SEARCH
Current tape counter is
-0:12:34
Press FF to go to
0:00:00
Press SEARCH to exit
BLANK SEARCH
Press FF to begin searching
for blank section of tape.
The mark closest to the current location on the tape.
•
The mark at the beginning of a recorded segment that is five minutes
or less.
•
The mark at the beginning of the tape.
Zero Search
This feature allows you to quickly return to a time counter reading of 0:00:00.
This is especially convenient when you want to watch a segment of the tape
several times.
1.
Insert the pre-recorded tape and press STOP.
2.
Press DISPLAY twice to display only the time counter.
3.
Use PLAY, FF, or REW to locate the start of the segment you want to repeat.
4.
Press CLEAR to reset the time counter to 0:00:00.
5.
Continue playing the tape and press STOP when you reach the end of the
segment you want to repeat.
6.
Press SKIP/SEARCH twice to display the ZERO SEARCH screen. The
current time counter is displayed.
7.
Press REW or FF to return to 0:00:00. The tape rewinds or fast forwards to
the 0:00:00 and begins playing.
Blank Search
The TV/VCR will search for blank portions of the tape that are more than six
seconds in length.
1.
Insert the pre-recorded tape and press STOP.
2.
Press SEARCH on the remote three times to display the BLANK SEARCH
screen.
3.
Press FF to begin searching for a segment that is at least six seconds of
blank tape.
4.
Press STOP to stop Blank Search.
Press SEARCH to exit
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Tracking
Your TV/VCR has automatic tracking which removes streaks and “noise” from the picture.
Automatic tracking is activated when you insert a tape or turn on the VCR. Occasionally you
may need to manually adjust tracking, especially if the tape was recorded on a different VCR.
Use the TRACK –/+ buttons to remove streaks and noise. You can also use tracking when
pausing a tape to reduce the noise of the stilled picture.
When manually adjusting the picture, automatic tracking is turned off. To turn automatic
tracking back on, eject the tape and reinsert it.
Tracking has no effect when recording– only during playback.
Hours
Minutes
Time Counter
0:30:00
The time counter shows the actual time used in recording or playing back a
tape. The time counter helps locate the beginning or end of recorded events. It
resets to 0:00:00 whenever a tape is ejected from the TV/VCR.
For example, if you record a 30–minute program at the beginning of a tape,
rewind it, and then want to go to the end of the first program to start another
recording:
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1.
Press the INFO button twice to display only the time counter.
2.
Press the CLEAR button to reset the time counter to 0:00:00.
3.
Press FF to advance a tape until the time counter reads 0:30:00.
4.
Press STOP. This is the approximate end of a 30-minute program (you may
want to press PLAY to verify). When the tape is cued correctly, you can
begin recording.
5.
Press the INFO button to remove the time counter from the screen and
return to the normal display mode.
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Chapter 3
Using the TV/VCR’s
Menu System
Chapter Overview:
•
How to Use the Different Types of Menus
•
Screen Menu
•
Time Menu
•
Additional Setup Features in the Menu
Changing Entertainment. Again.
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How to Use Your TV/VCR’s Menu System
You use the buttons on the remote to access the menu system and make changes to the
settings.
The following pages explain how to use the different types of menus to adjust the features of
your TV/VCR.
TV/VCR MAIN MENU
1
2
3
4
5
Screen
Time
Timer Recordings
Parental Controls
Setup
0 Exit
Menus
The first menu is called the Main menu. Press MENU on the remote to bring up
the Main menu.
Menus take you to another menu or a control panel. To select a choice in a
menu:
•
Press a number button on the remote. For example, in the Main menu press
1 to go straight to the Screen menu.
Exiting a menu
Tip
There can be three ways to exit a menu:
Feel free to explore the menu system. If you’re
ever unsure where you are in the menu system,
or you’re just plain tired of exploring, press
CLEAR to remove the menus from the screen
and start over again.
TV/VCR MAIN MENU
1
2
3
4
5
Screen
Time
SCREEN
Timer Recordings
Parental
Controls
1 Picture Quality
Setup
2 Closed Captioning
3 Menu Language: English
(Idioma/Langue)
0 Exit
•
Press 0 on the remote if it is an option on-screen.
•
Press MENU if it is an option on-screen.
•
Press CLEAR. The on-screen displays are cleared from the screen and you
return to TV viewing.
Screen Menu
Picture Quality
picture looks.
Displays the five slider controls for adjusting the way the
Color Adjusts the richness of the color.
Tint Adjusts the balance between the red and green levels.
Contr (contrast) Adjusts the difference between the light and dark areas
of the picture.
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Brite (brightness) Adjusts the brightness of the picture.
Sharp (sharpness) Adjusts the sharpness of the picture.
CLOSED CAPTIONING
1 Display:
2 Mode:
OFF
CAPTION 1
Closed Captioning Many programs are encoded with closed-captioning
information, which lets you display the audio portion of a program as text on
the TV screen.
Closed captioning is not available on all channels at all times. Only specific
programs encoded with closed-captioning information are applicable. Check
your TV/VCR program listings for CC (closed caption) broadcasts.
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Closed Caption Display Displays a choice list that lets you choose the way closed
captioning information is shown on the screen.
OFF
ON
No captioning information is displayed.
Captioning information is shown always, when available.
ON WHEN MUTED Captioning information is shown, when available, whenever the
TV/VCR’s sound is muted. (To mute the sound, press the MUTE button.) The captioning
information is not displayed when the sound is not muted.
Closed-Caption Mode Displays a choice list that lets you choose which captioning mode is
used for displaying captioning information.
Caption 1
Displays the full translation of the primary language in your area.
Caption 2
May be used as a second source for secondary languages.
Text 1 and Text 2 Display on-screen boxes containing the text of general information not
necessarily related to the program being watched.
Note: The Text modes cover nearly half of the picture on-screen to display the closedcaptioned text.
Menu Language Displays a choice list that lets you select your preferred language for the
menus: English, Spanish or French.
Setting Closed-Caption Modes
The TV/VCR offers four closed-captioned modes, including two text modes.
To set the Closed-Caption Mode:
1.
Select Screen from the Main menu.
2.
Press 2 to select the Mode. Each time you press 2 the Mode will change on the Closed
Captioning menu screen.
TV/VCR MAIN MENU
1
2
3
4
5
Screen
Time
Timer Recordings
TIME
Parental Controls
Setup
1 Set Time and Date
2 Sleep Timer
3 Wake-Up Timer
0 Exit
0 Exit
Chapter 3
Time Menu
Set Time and Date Displays a control panel that lets you enter the current
time. The on-screen directions guide you through the steps needed to set the
time.
Sleep Timer Displays a control panel that lets you select the amount of time
you want to give the TV/VCR before it shuts itself off.
Wake-Up TImer Displays a control panel that lets you set a timer that turns
the TV/VCR on automatically. You can set it to wake you up in the morning or
remind you that a favorite program is about to start. Enter the channel and time
using the number buttons then follow the instructions on-screen.
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Additional Setup Features in the Menu
1.
Press MENU to display the TV/VCR MAIN MENU.
2.
Press 5 to select the SETUP menu.
Now you are ready to select an item from the menu to setup.
TV/VCR MAIN MENU
1
2
3
4
5
Screen
Time
Timer Recordings
Parental Controls
Setup
SETUP
Auto Play This feature allows the TV/VCR to automatically start playing a
tape when it is inserted. (The safety tab on the tape must be removed).
1.
Press MENU to display the TV/VCR MAIN MENU.
2.
Press 5 to display the SETUP menu.
3.
Press 5 to change the Auto Play setting.
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1 Auto Channel Search
2 Add/Remove Channels
3 Set Auto Repeat
4 Auto Play:
ON
5 Signal Type:
CABLE
The Auto Play feature is set to On at the factory.
0 Exit
TV/VCR MAIN MENU
1
2
3
4
5
Screen
Time
Timer Recordings
Parental Controls
Setup
Select On if you want a tape with its safety tab removed to start playing
automatically.
•
Select Off if you do not want a tape with its safety tab removed to start
playing automatically.
Auto Repeat Feature This feature tells the TV/VCR to play a tape (or part of
a tape) continuously. The TV/VCR will automatically rewind the tape, or a
selected portion of the tape, and play it repeatedly.
1.
Using REW, FF, or PLAY, go to the place on the tape that you want to be
the beginning of the section that automatically repeats. Reset the time
counter to 0:00:00 by pressing DISPLAY, then CLEAR.
2.
Using FF or PLAY, go to the place on the tape that you want to be the end
of the section that plays continuously. Remember the numbers on the time
counter. (2:55 is the end time for Auto Repeat in the example to the left.)
3.
Press MENU to display the TV/VCR MAIN MENU.
SETUP
0 Exit
1 Auto Channel Search
2 Add/Remove Channels
3 Set Auto Repeat
4 Auto Play:
ON
AUTO REPEAT
5 Signal Type:
CABLE
Set the length of time you
want the tape to play in a
0 Exit
repeating loop
•
4.
Press 5 to display the SETUP menu.
Loop from 0:00 to 2:55
(h:mm)
5.
Press 3 to display the AUTO REPEAT menu.
Press MENU to exit
6.
Using the number buttons, enter the amount of time you want the tape to
repeat (the number from Step 2). In the example at right, the section that
the TV/VCR will automatically repeat is 2:55—two hours, 55 minutes long.
To Cancel Auto Repeat
Press MENU, then 5, then 3, and then CLEAR.
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Chapter 4
Other Information
Chapter Overview:
•
Troubleshooting
•
Care and Cleaning
•
Front Panel Buttons
•
Limited Warranty
•
Accessory Order Form
•
Index
Changing Entertainment. Again.
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Troubleshooting
Most problems you encounter with your TV/VCR you can correct by consulting the Troubleshooting
list that follows.
General TV/VCR Problems
TV/VCR won’t turn on
•
Press the TV or VCR button to turn on the TV/VCR.
•
Make sure the TV/VCR is plugged in.
•
Check the wall receptacle (or extension cord) to make sure it is “live” by plugging in something else.
•
Something might be wrong with your remote control. Press the POWER button on the front of the TV/VCR.
If the TV turns on, go to page 39 for remote control solutions.
•
The front panel controls may be locked (disabled). Use the remote control to unlock the front panel controls
by pressing the POWER button for 6 seconds.
Controls don’t work
•
If you’re using the remote control, press the TV button first to make sure the remote is in TV mode.
•
The front panel controls may be locked (disabled). Use the remote control to unlock the front panel controls
by pressing the POWER button for 6 seconds.
•
Unplug the TV/VCR for two minutes and then plug it back in. Turn the TV on and try again.
TV/VCR turns off unexpectedly
•
Sleep timer may have been activated. Go to page 33 for instructions.
•
Electronic protection circuit may have been activated because of a power surge. Wait 30 seconds and then
turn the TV/VCR on again. If this happens frequently, the voltage in your house may be abnormally high
or low.
TV/VCR turns on unexpectedly
•
Wake-up timer may have been activated. Go to page 33 for instructions.
Blank screen
•
Try another channel.
•
Check picture adjustments. Go to page 32 for instructions.
•
Make sure the line input is not selected. Repeatedly press 00 on the remote to switch between audio/video
input jacks and tuner.
No sound, picture okay
•
Press the volume up to increase the sound.
•
Maybe sound is muted. Press the volume up button to restore sound.
No picture, no sound but TV is on
•
Maybe the antenna/cable setting is set to the wrong position. Go to page 11 for instructions.
•
The channel might be empty — change channels.
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Sound okay, picture poor
•
The dipole antenna may not be getting a good signal. Try adjusting its rods. Make sure all of the cables are
firmly connected to the jacks.
•
Try adjusting sharpness function to improve weak signals. Go to page 32 for instructions.
Can’t select certain channel
•
Channel may be blocked or not approved in the Parental Controls menu.
•
If using the VCR, make sure the TV/VCR is in the correct mode (press the TV button).
Clock is wrong
•
Power interruption. Need to reset the clock. Go to page 33 for more informtion.
•
Clock was not set accurately (check AM/PM and date). Go to page 33 for more information.
Auto channel search not searching properly
•
The dipole antenna may not be getting a good signal. Try adjusting its rods. Make sure all of the cables are
firmly connected to the jacks.
•
Signal type may not be set properly. If you have cable, make sure the cable type is choosen. Go to page 11
for instructions.
Black box appears on the screen
•
Closed-captioning might be on. Check the Closed-Caption Display control panel in the Screen menu. Go to
pages 32-33 for more instructions.
Closed captions not appearing on screen
•
Closed caption might not be set to on. Go to pages 32-33 for more information.
•
Station might not be broadcasting closed caption.
VCR Playback Problems
Tape plays continuously
•
Auto repeat might be turned on. Go to page 34 for instructions.
Tape plays automatically
•
Auto play might be turned on. Go to page 34 for instructions.
Tape won’t insert or eject
•
Make sure you insert the cassette with the window facing up and safety tab facing out.
•
When removing a tape, make sure the TV/VCR is connected to a working outlet.
•
Turn off the TV/VCR, then on before trying to insert or remove tape.
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Tape won’t play or record
•
Check if a tape has been inserted.
•
Eject and re-insert tape.
•
The tape might be broken — try another tape.
•
Check to see if the safety tab has been removed. If it has, the TV/VCR will not record.
•
The TV/VCR might be in pause mode. Press PAUSE on the remote to return the tape to play mode.
Timer counter not working
•
Press DISPLAY on remote to display the time counter on screen. Go to page 29 for more information.
•
The timer counter will not advance during unrecorded portions of tape.
•
You have rewound the tape farther back than a counter reading of 0:00:00. A minus (-) will appear if this
has occurred.
Snow or streaks in picture or no picture during tape playback
•
Check tape- it may be worn out or of poor quality.
•
Some snow/ streaks are normal during search, pause, frame advance, and slow-motion playback.
•
Might need to adjust the tracking. Go to page 29 for instructions.
TV/VCR makes noise when stopped
•
TV/VCR is removing tape from heads, which is normal. The head cylinder inside the TV/VCR will continue
to rotate for a few minutes after you put the VCR in stop mode.
VCR Recording Problems
TIMER REC indicator on front of TV/VCR is flashing
•
There might have been a power interruption. Check the clock for time and date setting. Go to page 33 for
more information.
•
A timer program is set and the TV/VCR turned off with no cassette or a cassette without a safety tab was
inserted. Go to page 25 for instructions.
Cannot record one program while watching a different program
•
The TV/VCR only has one tuner. Only one program can be watched and recorded at the same time.
Timer recording didn’t work
•
Program entered incorrectly. Go to page 25 for instructions.
•
If the TV/VCR is connected to a cable box, the cable box was not turned on and tuned to correct channel at
time recording was to begin.
•
There might have been a power interruption. If so, the TIMER REC indicator will flash on front of the
TV/VCR.
•
Check to see if the TV/VCR’s time and date was set correctly. Go to 33 for more information.
•
Program exceeded tape’s length or tape was not rewound beforehand.
•
No tape in TV/VCR or tape inserted without a safety tab.
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The Remote Control Doesn’t Work
•
Something might be between the remote and the remote sensor on the component. Make sure there is a
clear path.
•
Maybe the remote isn’t aimed directly at the TV/VCR.
•
Maybe batteries in remote are weak, dead or installed incorrectly. Put new batteries in the remote.
(Note, if you remove the batteries, you may have to reprogram the remote to operate other components.)
•
You might need to drain the remote’s microprocessor: remove batteries and press the number 1 button
for at least 60 seconds. Release the 1 button, replace the batteries, and (if necessary) program the remote
again.
Problems with V-Chip/Parental Controls
The rating limits don’t work
•
You must lock the settings. Go to the TV/VCR MAIN MENU (press MENU on your remote), select Parental
Controls (press 4 on your remote), select Lock Parental Controls (press 4 on your remote).
I don’t remember my password and I want to unlock the TV/VCR
•
If you forget your password, simultaneously press STOP/EJECT on the TV/VCR front panel and MENU on
the remote. This resets the password and you can enter a new one.
The V-Chip won’t let me watch a program even though it’s not rated as violent.
•
Maybe the movie was given an NR (Not Rated) status. After you block movie ratings, you must set NR to
View separately in order to view movies with an NR rating.
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Other Information
Care and Cleaning
CAUTION: Turn OFF your TV/VCR before cleaning.
You can clean the TV/VCR as required, using a soft lint-free cloth. Be sure to occasionally dust the
ventilation slots in the cabinet to help assure adequate ventilation.
The TV’s screen may be cleaned with a soft, lint-free cloth as well. Take care not to
scratch or mar the screen. If necessary, you may use a cloth dampened with warm water.
Never use strong cleaning agents, such as ammonia-based cleaners, or abrasive powder.
These types of cleaners will damage the TV.
While cleaning do not spray liquid directly on the screen, or allow liquid to run down the screen
and inside the TV/VCR. Also, avoid placing drinks or vases with water on top of the TV/VCR. This
could increase the risk of fire or shock hazard or damage to the TV/VCR.
Caution: If fixed (non-moving) images are left on the screen for long periods, they may be
permanently imprinted on the picture tube. Such images include network logos, phone numbers,
and video games. This damage is not covered by your warranty. Extended viewing of channels
displaying these images should be avoided.
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Front Panel
If you can’t find your remote control you can use the buttons on your TV/VCR to operate many of
the TV/VCR’s features.
Headphone Jack
Connect headphones (not supplied) to this jack.
WAKE-UP Indicator Lights when the wake-up timer turns on the TV/VCR.
TIMER Indicator Lights when a timer program has been set and a cassette with the safety tab is
in the TV/VCR. Also flashes when a timer recording has been set and the TV/VCR is turned off
with no cassette inserted, a cassette without the safety tab has been inserted, or there has been a
power interruption.
POWER
Turns the TV/VCR on or off. The indicator in the button is lit when the power is on.
STOP/EJECT Stops normal functions such as record, play, rewind, fast-forward, or pause. Press
when a tape is stopped to eject the cassette.
REC (Record) Press to start TV/VCR recording. The indicator in the button lights during
recording.
REW (Rewind) Rewinds the tape when the TV/VCR is stopped. Searches the picture in reverse
during playback.
PLAY/PAUSE Press once to begin playback of a tape. During playback, press to pause. Press
again to resume playback.
F. FWD (Fast Forward) Fast forwards the tape when the VCR is stopped. Searches the picture
forward during playback.
Remote Sensor
between them.
Receives signals from the remote. Aim remote at this sensor with no objects
VOL – Decreases the volume.
VOL + Increases the volume.
^
CH
Scans down through the current channel list. Used for manual tracking when a tape is
playing.
CH ^ Scans up through the channel list. Used for manual tracking when a tape is playing.
AUDIO IN and VIDEO IN Jacks Receives audio and video signals from another component, like
a VCR or camcorder when it is connected to these jacks. To select these front panel jacks, press 00
twice to display VIDEO2.
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Other Information
RCA TV/VCR Limited Warranty
What your warranty covers:
• Any defect in materials or workmanship.
For how long after your purchase:
• 90 days for labor charges.
• One year for parts.
• Two years for the picture tubes.
The warranty period for rental units begins with the first rental or 45 days from date of shipment to the rental firm,
whichever comes first.
What we will do:
• Pay any Authorized RCA VCR Service Center the labor charges to repair your TV/VCR.
• Pay any Authorized RCA VCR Service Center for the new or, at our option, refurbished replacement parts and picture
tubes required to repair your TV/VCR.
How you get service:
• For screen sizes of 26” and smaller: Take your RCA TV/VCR to any Authorized RCA VCR Service Center and pick up
when repairs are complete.
• For screen sizes larger than 26”: Request home or pick up, repair, and return service from any Authorized RCA VCR
Service Center, provided that your TV/VCR is located within the geographic territory covered by an Authorized RCA
VCR Service Center. If not, you must take your TV/VCR to the Service Center location at your own expense, or pay for
the cost the Service Center may charge to transport your TV/VCR to and from your home.
• To identify your nearest Authorized RCA VCR Service Center, ask your dealer, look in the Yellow Pages, or call 1-800336-1900.
• Show the Authorized Service Center Representative your sales receipt or other evidence of purchase date or first rental.
What your warranty does not cover:
• Customer instruction. (Your Owner's Manual clearly describes how to install, adjust, and operate your TV/VCR. Any
additional information should be obtained from your dealer).
• Installation and related adjustments.
• Signal reception problems not caused by your TV/VCR.
• Damage from misuse or neglect.
• Cleaning of Audio/Video heads.
• Batteries.
• Customer replacement fuses.
• Images burned onto the screen.
• A TV/VCR that has been modified or incorporated into other products or is used for institutional or other commercial
purposes.
• A TV/VCR purchased or serviced outside the U.S.A.
• Acts of nature, such as but not limited to lightning damage.
Product registration:
• Please complete and mail the Product Registration Card packed with your TV/VCR. It will make it easier to contact you
should it ever be necessary. The return of the card is not required for warranty coverage.
How state law relates to this warranty:
• This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you also may have other rights that vary from state to state.
If you purchased your television outside the United States:
• This warranty does not apply. Contact your dealer for warranty information.
Service calls which do not involve defective materials or workmanship are not covered by this warranty. Costs of
such service calls are the sole responsibility of the purchaser.
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VH81 (3-ft)
VH82 (6-ft)
VH89 (6-ft)
Gold-Tipped cable
VH83 (6-ft)
Screw-on Cable attaches to
the round antenna
connectors (called 75-ohm
F-type) on the back of your
TV/VCR. The ends screw
onto the connectors for a
secure connection.
Accessory Order Form
Push-on Cable attaches
to the round antenna
connectors (called 75ohm F-type) on the back
of your TV/VCR. Ends
push on for a quick
connection.
Monaural VCR Dubbing
Cable Double cable that lets
you connect the video and
audio jacks of two VHS
VCRs to duplicate tapes.
Can also be used to connect
a VCR to your TV/VCR.
Cable is color-coded and
shielded. Has RCA-type
phono plugs on each end.
Stereo VCR Dubbing Cable
Triple cable that lets you
connect the VIDEO and AUDIO
jacks of stereo components.
Qty
Price
$3.95
Description
Screw-on antenna cable (3-ft)
Part No.
VH81
Screw-on antenna cable (6-ft)
VH82
$4.95
Push-on antenna cable (6-ft)
VH89
$5.95
Monaural VCR Dubbing Cable (6-ft)
VH83
$5.95
Stereo VCR Dubbing Cable (6-ft)
VH84
$9.95
2-way Signal Splitter
VH47
$3.95
Amplified Antenna
ANT200
$49.95
Antenna Mixer (not shown)
193984
$11.15
Remote Control (CRK203DL1)
240161
$33.10
Audio•Video Adapter (not shown)
228449
$4.45
Prices are subject to change without notice.
Total Merchandise ............................................
$
Sales Tax .............................................................
$
We are required by law to collect the
appropriate sales tax for each individual
state, country, and locality to which the
merchandise is being sent.
Gold-Tipped cable
VH84 (6-ft)
Shipping and Handling ....................................
$
Total Amount Enclosed ....................................
$
5.00
Use VISA, MasterCard, or Discover Card
preferably.
✂
Money order or check must be in U.S.
currency only.
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All accessories are subject to availability.
Where applicable, we will ship a superseding model.
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2-way Signal Splitter
Charge your order on your VISA,
MasterCard, or Discover Card by
filling in below
Helps you connect a second TV
or VCR.
USE YOUR CREDIT CARD
®
Splitter VH47
IMPORTANT: Copy complete account number
from your VISA card
Amplified Antenna
Allows you to quickly switch
from the antenna signal to the
cable or satellite signal without
disconnecting the antenna.
My card expires:
IMPORTANT: Copy complete account number
from your MasterCard
s r
r
TM
ANT200
Remote Control
OFF
Copy Number
above your
name on
MasterCard
My card
expires:
TV
VCR
REW
PLAY
FF
REC
STOP
PAUSE
SLEEP
DISPLAY
VOL
VOL
CHAN
CHAN
PREV
MUTE
IMPORTANT: Copy complete account number
from your Discover Card
CLEAR
MENU
1
4
7
SKIP
This is the remote control that
came packed with your TV/
VCR. Replacements or spares
can be ordered as needed.
RESET
2
3
5
6
8
9
SPEED
H
SE
0
ARC
-
TRACK
+
F.ADV
My card expires:
CRK203DL1
AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE
(Credit card order will not be processed without signature)
Print or type your name and
address clearly.
To Order
To place your order by phone, have your Visa,
MasterCard or Discover Card ready and call the toll-free
number listed below.
A complete and correct
order will save you days
of waiting.
Use this number only to place an order for accessory
items listed on this order form.
Name:
1-800-338-0376
Street:
To place your order by mail, detach and mail the
completed order form with credit card information,
money order or check in US currency (made payable to
Thomson multimedia Inc.) to the following address:
Apt:
City:
Daytime phone number:
✂
Zip:
Please make sure that both sides of this form
have been filled out completely.
• Allow 4 weeks for delivery.
• All accessories are subject to availability.
• Prices are subject to change.
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PO Box 8419
Ronks, PA 17573
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State:
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Index
A
Accessories 43
Add/Remove Channels 11
Advanced connections 9
Age-Based Ratings 16
Antenna System, connecting 8
Audio/Video
cable 7
Auto
Channel Search 11
play 34
repeat 34
Automatic
rewind 12
tracking 29
B
Back panel 8, 9
Back-lit remote 13
Basic
connections 8
recording 12
Batteries for the remote 10
Black Level 32
Blank search 28
Block
Age-Based Ratings 18
Front Panel 22
Movie Ratings 21
Specific Content Themes 19
V-Chip Unrated Program 21
Buttons, remote control 14
C
Cable Box
connecting 9
Cables
Audio/Video 7
coaxial 7
CC (Closed Captioning) 33
CH + button 13
CH - button 13
Channel
Search 11
Choosing a connection 7
Cleaning the TV/VCR 40
CLEAR button 13
Clearing timer recording 25
Clock Setting 33
Closed Captioning 32
Coaxial cable 7
Color Function 32
Commercial Scan 27
Connections
TV/VCR + Antenna 8
TV/VCR + Cable Box 9
Content Themes 16
Contrast Function 32
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Back panel 8
Front panel 41
Copying tapes 26
D
DISPLAY button 13
E
Editing tapes 26
Express Recording 24
F
FF (Fast Forward) button 13
Fixed
Images 40
FR ADV button 13
Frame Advance 27
Front panel 41
Front panel block 22
I
Index search 27
Initial setup 10
L
Language menu 33
Light button 13
Lock, Parental Controls 22
LP Speed 23
M
Menu
Language 33
Screen 32
Time 33
MENU button 13
Movie Rating Limits
Block 21
Viewing 21
MUTE button 13
N
Number buttons 13
O
ON•OFF button 13
P
Parental Controls 16
Locking, Unlocking 22
PAUSE button 13
Picture
Adjusting 32
Quality 32
Search 27
Settings 32
Picture search options 27
PLAY button 13
PREV button 13
R
Rating Limits
movies 20
TV 17
REC button 13
Recording
Basic 12
Express 24
pause 23
speeds 23
Timer 25
Remote
batteries 10
buttons 13
Remote sensor 41
RESET button 13
REW button 13
S
Types of Recording 23
U
Unlock, Parental Controls 22
V
V-Chip 16
Age-Based Ratings 16
Blocking Movies 20
Content Themes 16
VCR button 14
VOL + button 14
VOL - button 14
W
Wake-up timer 33
Warranty 42
Z
Zero search 28
Safety tab 12
Scan and Play Index Feature
27
Screen menu 32
Search
Blank 28
Index 27
Picture 27
Zero 28
Sensor, remote 41
Set
Express Recording 24
time and date 33
Timer Recording 25
Sharpness 32
Signal Type 11
SKIP/SEARCH button 14
SLEEP button 14
Sleep Timer 33
SLP Speed 23
SP Speed 23
SPEED button 14
STOP button 14
Stopping
Express Recording 24
Timer Recording 25
T
Time counter 29
Time Menu 33
Timer Recording 25
Tint Function 32
Tracking
automatic 29
manual 29
TRACKING buttons 14
Troubleshooting 36
TV button 14
TV/VCR
connecting 8
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