Scientific Atlanta High Definition Personal Video Recorder Operating instructions

Connecting the
®
TM
Explorer 8300HD
Digital Video Recorder
Contents
Safety Compliance Statements .................................................................................. iv
Change the Way You Watch TV .................................................................................... 1
Safety First .................................................................................................................... 1
The Explorer eClub ...................................................................................................... 1
Identify Your 8300HD .................................................................................................... 1
What’s On the Front Panel? ......................................................................................... 2
What’s On the Back Panel? ......................................................................................... 3
Picture Formats ............................................................................................................. 4
Connecting the 8300HD to Entertainment Devices .................................................. 5
Connecting the 8300HD to an HDTV With an HDMI Connector ............................... 8
Connecting the 8300HD to an HDTV With a DVI Connector ..................................... 9
Connecting the 8300HD to an HDTV With Component Input (PrPbY) .................. 10
Connecting the 8300HD to a Home Theater System With
Component Input (PrPbY) ........................................................................................... 11
Connecting the 8300HD to a Stereo VCR and HDTV (optional) ............................ 12
Connecting the 8300HD to an External SATA Hard Disk Drive (optional) ............ 12
Connecting the 8300HD in HD Mode to an SDTV With
Component Input (PrPbY) ......................................................................................... 13
Connecting the 8300HD in SD Mode to an SDTV.................................................... 13
Watch TV ...................................................................................................................... 14
Performance Tips ....................................................................................................... 15
Frequently Asked Questions About HDTV ............................................................... 16
Compliance Information ............................................................................................. 17
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Safety Compliance Statements
Note to CATV System Installer
(USA/Canada Only)
This reminder is provided to call the CATV
system installer's attention to Article 820-40
of the NEC (Section 54, Part I of the Canadian
Electrical Code), that provides guidelines for
proper grounding and, in particular,
specifies that the CATV cable ground shall
be connected to the grounding system of
the building, as close to the point of cable
entry as practical.
CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
AVIS
CAUTION: To reduce the risk of electric
shock, do not remove cover (or back).
No user-serviceable parts inside. Refer
servicing to qualified service personnel.
WARNING
TO PREVENT FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK,
DO NOT EXPOSE THIS UNIT TO RAIN OR
MOISTURE.
This symbol is intended to alert you that
uninsulated voltage within this product may
have sufficient magnitude to cause electric shock.
Therefore, it is dangerous to make any kind of
contact with any inside part of this product.
This symbol is intended to alert you of the
presence of important operating and
maintenance (servicing) instructions in the
literature accompanying this product.
Read and Retain These Instructions
Ventilation
• Read all of the instructions before you operate this
set-top (or home terminal). Give particular attention
to all safety precautions. Retain the instructions for
future reference.
This set-top has openings for ventilation that protect it
from overheating. To ensure the reliability of this set-top,
follow these guidelines to avoid obstructing the openings:
• Comply with all warning and caution statements in the
instructions. Observe all warning and caution symbols
that are affixed to this set-top.
• Comply with all instructions that accompany this set-top.
Placement
Place this set-top in a location that is close enough to an
electrical outlet to accommodate the length of the mains
cord. Make sure the set-top is located where the power
cord is easily accessible to be disconnected from the wall
outlet or from the back panel of the set-top.
Note: The power cord is the mains power supply
disconnect device.
Place this set-top on a stable surface. The surface must
support the size and weight of this set-top.
WARNING:
Avoid personal injury and damage to this set-top.
An unstable surface may cause this set-top to
fall.
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• Do not place other equipment, lamps, books, vases with
liquid, or any other object on the top of this set-top.
• Do not place this set-top in any of the following
locations:
- On a bed, sofa, rug, or similar surface
- Over a radiator or a heat register
- In an enclosure, such as a bookcase or equipment
rack, unless the installation provides proper
ventilation
Cleaning the Set-Top
Before cleaning this set-top, unplug it from the electrical
outlet. Use a damp cloth to clean this set-top. Do not use
a liquid cleaner or an aerosol cleaner. Do not use a
magnetic/static cleaning device (dust remover) to clean
this set-top.
Safety Compliance Statements, continued
Object and Liquid Entry
Power Sources
Never push objects of any kind into this product through
openings as they may touch dangerous voltage points or
short out parts that could result in a fire or electric shock.
Do not expose this set-top to rain or moisture. Do not
place this set-top on a wet surface. Do not spill liquids on
or near this set-top.
A label on this set-top indicates the correct power source for
this set-top. Operate this set-top only from an electrical outlet
that has the voltage and frequency that the label indicates.
If you are unsure of the type of power supply to your
residence, consult your cable service provider or your
local power company.
Power Cord Polarization
WARNING:
Avoid electric shock and fire hazard. Never
push objects through openings in this settop. These objects can cause electrical shorts
that can result in electric shock or fire. Do not
expose this set-top to rain or moisture. Do
not place objects filled with liquid (such as
vases) on this set-top.
Accessories
Do not use accessories with this set-top unless
recommended by your cable service provider.
This set-top has a two-prong plug. Properly ground
(earth) this set-top by inserting the plug into a grounded
electrical, two-socket outlet. If this plug is polarized, it has
one wide prong and one narrow prong. This plug fits only
one way.
CAUTION:
To prevent electric shock, match wide
blade of plug to the wide slot, and then fully
insert.
If you are unable to insert this plug fully into the outlet,
contact an electrician to replace your obsolete outlet.
Overloading
Do not overload electrical outlets, extension cords, or
integral convenience receptacles, as this can result in a
risk of fire or electric shock. For equipment that requires
battery power or other sources to operate, refer to the
operating instructions for that equipment.
Lightning and Power Surges
Ground (earth) your cable system to provide some
protection against voltage surges and built-up static
charges. Plug your set-top into a surge protector to
reduce the risk of damage from lightning strikes and
power surges. If you have questions, call your cable
service provider.
Servicing
Do not open the cover of this set-top. If you open the
cover, your warranty will be void. Refer all servicing to
qualified personnel only. Contact your cable service
provider for instructions.
Damage that Requires Service
For damage that requires service, unplug this set-top
from the electrical outlet. Refer to qualified personnel
when any of the following occurs:
• There is damage to the power cord or plug
• Liquid enters the set-top
Power Cord Protection
• There is exposure to rain or water
Arrange all power cords so that people cannot walk on
the cords, place objects on the cords, or place objects
against the cords, which can damage the cords. Give
particular attention to the cords at the point at which the
cord connects to the plug, at electrical outlets, and at the
places where the cords exit the set-top.
• Operation is not normal (the instructions in this guide
describe the proper operation)
• If you drop this set-top, or damage the cabinet of this
set-top
• If this set-top exhibits a distinct change in performance
Upon completion of any service or repairs to this set-top,
the service technician will perform safety checks to
determine that the equipment is in proper operating
condition.
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Change the Way You Watch TV
Use the Explorer® 8300HD™ Digital Video Recorder (DVR) to control live high-definition (HD) and
standard-definition (SD) TV, record TV programs without a VCR, and watch two programs at the same time.
When two of your favorite programs are scheduled at the same time, you can record one program on the
8300HD while watching the other.
With the 8300HD you can watch two programs at the same time, even if your TV does not have picture-inpicture (PIP) capability.
Follow the instructions in this guide to install the 8300HD, to become familiar with the buttons on the front
panel, and to access your cable services. Then, enjoy the features of the 8300HD and change the way you
watch TV!
Safety First
Before using the DVR, read the SAFETY COMPLIANCE STATEMENTS section of this guide.
The Explorer eClub
The online Explorer eClub provides news and information about the Explorer 8300HD DVR. You can
access the Explorer eClub on the Internet at the following Web address:
www.scientificatlanta.com/explorerclub
To join and access the online Explorer eClub, you need to enter the model number of your DVR.
Identify Your 8300HD
To find the serial number for your 8300HD, look on the back
for a label that is similar to the example shown here. The
serial number begins with SA and is located in the lower left
corner of the bar code.
If the 8300HD requires troubleshooting in the future, your
cable service provider may ask for this serial number.
0003B4287797
SABDQXTL
Serial Number
N0006246618
T11185
Use the space provided here to record the serial number:
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What’s On the Front Panel?
CH +
GUIDE
POWER
VOL Ñ
INFO
VOL +
CH Ñ
SELECT
EXIT
LIST
L AUDIO R
1
2
VIDEO
34 567
8 9
10
11 12 13
T11110
1 Power
Turns the 8300HD on and off
2 Video and
Audio Input
Connects to video and left/right (L/R) audio outputs of an external device to
deliver the audio and video to a TV or other device
3 List
Displays the list of recorded programs
4 Exit
Exits menus, the on-screen guide, and program information
5 Info
Displays a description of the selected program. This key is available from the
on-screen guide and while viewing a program
6 Guide
Accesses on-screen services, such as the on-screen guide, video-on-demand,
or pay-per-view
7 IR Sensor
Receives the infrared signal from the remote control
8 LED Display
Displays the selected channel number and time of day. The LED also displays
the following:
•
•
•
•
•
•
9 VOL + and VOL -
Message (
)
HDTV
Power (
)
Output Resolution (1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i)
RECORD
AUTO - Automatically outputs native scan rates that your TV can accept
Enables you to increase and decrease the volume
10 CH + and CH -
Enables you to scroll up and down through the channels
11 Select
Provides access to your on-screen selection
12 Smart Card*
Allows smart card access
13 USB Port*
Connects to external equipment, such as a keyboard
* This connector is reserved for future use or may not be available on all 8300HD models.
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What’s On the Back Panel?
CAUTION
CABLE
OUT
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
OUT 1
OUT 2
AVIS: RISQUE DE CHOC
ELECTRIQUE NE PAS OUVRIR
Pr
CABLE
IN
THIS DEVICE IS INTENDED TO BE ATTACHED
TO A RECEIVER THAT IS NOT USED TO
RECEIVE OVER-THE-AIR BROADCAST
SIGNALS. CONNECTION OF THIS DEVICE
IN ANY OTHER FASHION MAY CAUSE
HARMFUL INTERFERENCE TO RADIO
COMMUNICATIONS AND IS IN VIOLATION
OF THE FCC RULES, PART 15.
L
Pb
A
U
D
I
O
IR
OPTICAL
1394
R
Y/V
CATV CONVERTER
MADE IN MEXICO
T11111
1
2
1394
SATA
DIGITAL
AUDIO OUT
VIDEO
AUDIO OUT
S - VIDEO
OUT
3 4 5 67 8
120 VAC
60HZ 5A
120 VAC
60HZ 80W
LISTED 14H1
CABLE EQUIP.
9 10
11 12
13 14
1 Cable In
Connect the coaxial cable that delivers the signal from your cable service
provider
2 Cable Out
Connect a coaxial cable to Cable Out to send analog audio and video signals
to a TV or VCR. These signals are SDTV video and stereo audio
3 PrPbY/V
Connect the 8300HD (when in HD mode) to the component video input (YPrPb)
on the HDTV. When the 8300HD is configured for SD mode, the Y/V portion of
the component video output connects to the composite video input of an HDTV
or SDTV. See Required Connections for an HDTV or Required Connections for
an SDTV, later in this guide, for complete details
4 Digital Audio
Output
Connect an RCA cable to send a digital audio signal to a surround-sound
receiver or other digital audio device
5 Secondary Video
and Audio Out
Connect to either a VCR for archiving saved content from the 8300HD or
connect to another set of inputs (composite) on your HDTV
6 Audio Out
(LEFT and RIGHT)
Connect RCA cables to Audio Out to send analog audio signals (left and right)
to a stereo receiver or a TV with stereo outputs
7 Optical Audio
Output
Connect an optical cable to send a digital audio signal to a surround-sound
receiver or other digital audio device
8 S-Video Out
Connect an S-Video cable to send an S-Video signal to your TV or VCR. This
signal is standard definition but higher quality than other SDTV connections
9 HDMI
Connect the HDTV HDMI™ connector to the HDMI port. HDMI supports both
digital audio and video. May be used to connect to a DVI interface using an
adaptor
10 IR
(This connector reserved for future use.)
11 SATA
Connect to an external Serial ATA (SATA) hard disk drive for expanded recording
capability. Check with your cable service provider for a list of approved hard drive
models for use with the 8300HD
12 1394 Firewire
Connect to display devices equipped with a 1394 input. This connector is
reserved for future use and may not be available on all 8300HD models
13 AC Outlet
Connect the AC power cord from another device, such as a TV
14 AC Power Input
Connect the power cord to deliver power to the 8300HD
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Picture Formats
What is the Difference Between a Standard Screen and a Wide Screen
The type of screen your HDTV has (wide screen or standard screen) determines how the 8300HD
displays programs on the screen. The picture format for an HDTV is a combination of aspect ratio
and screen resolution and is different for standard-screen and wide-screen HDTVs.
What is Aspect Ratio?
An aspect ratio is the ratio of the width to the height of the TV screen. The aspect ratios differ because the
television industry manufactures both standard-screen and wide-screen HDTVs to appeal to consumer
viewing preferences.
A standard-screen HDTV has a 4:3
aspect ratio. The screen is 4 units
wide for every 3 units tall.
A wide-screen HDTV is one-third
wider than a standard-screen HDTV.
The screen is 16 units wide for every
9 units tall.
16
4
3
A screen resolution of 480p or 480i
fills the screen.
9
A screen resolution of 720p or 1080i
fills the screen.
What is the Screen Resolution?
The screen resolution indicates the amount of detail that the picture displays. Resolution is identified by
the number of display lines on the screen. The techniques that an HDTV uses to “paint” the picture on the
screen are referred to as progressive and interlaced.
For example, a resolution of 1080i indicates that the screen shows 1080 lines in an interlaced display,
and 480p indicates that the screens shows 480 lines in a progressive display.
Note: The screen resolution (1080i, 480p, and so forth) is sometimes referred to as the scan rate. The
terms are interchangeable.
With the progressive method, every pixel on the screen is refreshed simultaneously. The interlace
method involves refreshing pixels in alternation — first the odd lines and then the even lines.
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Connecting the 8300HD to Entertainment Devices
Required Connections for an HDTV
When using the 8300HD with an HDTV, you must make one of the following connections to view the HD
content. In addition, you can make connections to a VCR or other external recording device. You also have
the option to make an SD connection from the 8300HD to an SDTV. See the tables and cabling diagrams
in this section for more detailed information.
8300HD
Connector
Some HDTVs have an HDMI or DVI connector. The HDMI connector
provides both a digital video and audio connection. The DVI
connector provides a digital video connection. The HDMI connector
provides the optimal connection to an HDTV with either an HDMI
input or a DVI input.
or
DVI
If your HDTV has a DVI connector, you will need an HDMI-to-DVI
adaptor, and you will need to connect a separate audio connection.
Most HDTVs have PrPbY connectors for component video inputs.
When you set up the 8300HD in HD mode, the Y/V connector
supplies the “Y” component of the component video. See the
diagram on page 10 for an example.
Refer to your DVR and HDTV user’s guides to choose the proper
scan rates (480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i) for your setup. See the Picture
Formats section in this guide for more information on scan rate.
Some HDTVs have only RGB connectors. If you have one of these
HDTVs, you need an RGB adaptor. Check with your cable service
provider for information about acquiring an RGB adaptor, or you
can purchase the adaptor at your local electronics supplier.
HDTV
Connector
Pr
Pr
Pb
Pb
Y/V
Y
R
Adaptor
Needed
G
B
Note: You can stretch and zoom the displayed picture using the built-in capability of the 8300HD by pressing
the # key on the remote control. Refer to your DVR user’s guide for more information on this feature.
Optional Connections for a VCR
There are several brands and models of VCRs in the marketplace. The features and connectors are not
the same on all brands and models. The following table describes the connectors commonly found on
stereo VCRs and specifies the corresponding connector on the 8300HD that should be used.
8300HD
Connector
For VCRs that have a Video, Left, and Right connector, you can use
the Out 2 connectors (Video, Left, and Right) on the 8300HD.
OUT 2
A
L U
D
I
RO
VCR
Connector
L
R
VIDEO AUDIO
IN
IN
VIDEO
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Connecting the 8300HD to Entertainment Devices, continued
Required Connections for a Standard-Definition TV
When using the 8300HD with an SDTV, you must make one of the following connections to view content.
There are several brands and models of SDTVs in the marketplace. The features and connectors are not
the same on all brands and models. The following table describes the connectors commonly found on
SDTVs and specifies the corresponding connector on the 8300HD that should be used.
8300HD
SDTV
Connector Connector
Some SDTVs have PrPbY connectors for component video inputs. The
connectors on the 8300HD function as follows depending on the mode of the
8300HD:
•
•
When you set up the 8300HD in HD mode on an SDTV with a PrPbY input,
the Y/V connector on the 8300HD supplies the Y portion for the PrPbY
input on the SDTV. See the diagram on page 13 for an example. Refer to
your TV’s user’s guide for more information on the scan rate that is
supported. Refer to your DVR user’s guide for more information on
configuring the 8300HD for this setup.
When you set up the 8300HD in SD mode, the Y/V connector on the
8300HD is configured as a composite video out connector (V). See the
diagram on page 13 for an example.
Pr
Pr
Pb
Pb
Y/V
Y
Pr
Pb
Y/V
The S-Video Out connection provides an optimal video connection to
standard-definition TVs. This connector remains active regardless of
whether the 8300HD is in SD or HD mode.
The Cable Out connector provides a video and audio connection to a VCR
or SDTV. This connector remains active regardless of whether the 8300HD
is in SD or HD mode.
VIDEO
IN
S-VIDEO
OUT
S-VIDEO
IN
CABLE
OUT
CABLE IN/
ANT IN
Setting Up Your Explorer 8300HD With an SDTV
If you have an SDTV, you must first connect the 8300HD to your SDTV following the guidelines in the
section Required Connections for a Standard-Definition TV on this page. You may also reference the
diagram on page 13.
Follow these steps to set up the 8300HD to work with an SDTV:
1. Make sure that the 8300HD is Off and the TV is On.
2. On the 8300HD, press Guide and Info at the same time.
3. Follow the on-screen instructions to choose the SD mode.
4. Press POWER to begin watching television.
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Connecting the 8300HD to Entertainment Devices, continued
Where Are the Connection Diagrams?
The diagrams on the following pages show examples of common ways to connect the 8300HD to your
HDTV, DVD, and home theater receiver. However, these diagrams do not show every possible
combination of devices. Refer to the user’s guides that came with your other electronic devices for further
information.
What Cables Do I Need?
Some of the cables and adaptors shown in the diagrams may not be included with the 8300HD. The
required cables are shown in the connection diagrams on the following pages.
How Do I Connect the 8300HD to My TV and Other Entertainment Devices?
When you are ready to connect the 8300HD and to choose the screen type for your TV, follow these
instructions.
1. Make sure that all electrical devices are powered off before connecting the 8300HD to avoid electrical
shock.
2. Connect the 8300HD to your HDTV, DVD, and other entertainment devices as shown in the diagrams
on the following pages. (The diagrams in this guide do not cover every possible combination.)
3. Connect the 8300HD to the coaxial cable coming from the wall.
4. Plug the 8300HD and the TV into an AC power source.
5. Do not turn on the 8300HD or HDTV yet.
6. It may take several minutes for the 8300HD to receive the latest software, programming, and service
information. When the front panel displays the time or four dashes, the update is complete.
Wait until you see one of the following displays on the front of the 8300HD:
•
Current time
•
Four dashes (- - - -)
Note: If four dashes are displayed, you must call your cable service provider to get the 8300HD
authorized.
7. After the update is complete, turn on the TV and the 8300HD.
How Do I Set Up Stereo Sound?
To set up stereo sound, choose one of the following options:
•
Connect an RCA cable from the DIGITAL AUDIO OUT on the 8300HD to the DIGITAL AUDIO IN on your
HDTV or stereo receiver.
•
Connect an optical digital audio cable from the OPTICAL AUDIO OUT on the 8300HD to the OPTICAL
AUDIO IN on your HDTV (if equipped) or stereo receiver.
•
Connect stereo audio cables from the AUDIO OUT LEFT and RIGHT connectors on the 8300HD to the
AUDIO IN LEFT and RIGHT connectors on your HDTV.
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Connecting the 8300HD to an HDTV With an HDMI Connector
Explorer 8300HD DVR
CAUTION
CABLE
OUT
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
OUT 1
OUT 2
AVIS: RISQUE DE CHOC
Pr
CABLE
IN
THIS DEVICE IS INTENDED TO BE ATTACHED
TO A RECEIVER THAT IS NOT USED TO
RECEIVE OVER-THE-AIR BROADCAST
SIGNALS. CONNECTION OF THIS DEVICE
IN ANY OTHER FASHION MAY CAUSE
HARMFUL INTERFERENCE TO RADIO
COMMUNICATIONS AND IS IN VIOLATION
OF THE FCC RULES, PART 15.
ELECTRIQUE NE PAS OUVRIR
L
Pb
A
U
D
I
O
IR
OPTICAL
1394
R
Y/V
1394
SATA
CATV CONVERTER
MADE IN MEXICO
DIGITAL
AUDIO OUT
VIDEO
AUDIO OUT
S - VIDEO
OUT
120 VAC
60HZ 5A
120 VAC
60HZ 80W
LISTED 14H1
CABLE EQUIP.
Back of HDTV
AUDIO
CENTER
CHANNEL IN
ON
DVI/HDCP
IN
OFF
AUDIO IN
DVI/HDCP
S-VIDEO
R
L
ANT (75 )
VIDEO
Y
VIDEO
L/
MONO
AUDIO
PB
L
PR
AUDIO
L/
MONO
R
Y
PB
L
PR
AUDIO
ANT-1
OUT
R
R
R
HD 1
IN
HD 2
IN
OUT
IN
ANT-2
T11211
WARNING:
Electric shock hazard! Unplug all electronic
devices before connecting or disconnecting
any device cables to the 8300HD.
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Connecting the 8300HD to an HDTV With a DVI Connector
Explorer 8300HD DVR
CAUTION
CABLE
OUT
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
OUT 1
OUT 2
AVIS: RISQUE DE CHOC
ELECTRIQUE NE PAS OUVRIR
Pr
CABLE
IN
THIS DEVICE IS INTENDED TO BE ATTACHED
TO A RECEIVER THAT IS NOT USED TO
RECEIVE OVER-THE-AIR BROADCAST
SIGNALS. CONNECTION OF THIS DEVICE
IN ANY OTHER FASHION MAY CAUSE
HARMFUL INTERFERENCE TO RADIO
COMMUNICATIONS AND IS IN VIOLATION
OF THE FCC RULES, PART 15.
L
Pb
A
U
D
I
O
IR
OPTICAL
1394
R
Y/V
1394
SATA
CATV CONVERTER
MADE IN MEXICO
DIGITAL
AUDIO OUT
VIDEO
AUDIO OUT
Cable Input
S - VIDEO
OUT
120 VAC
60HZ 80W
LISTED 14H1
CABLE EQUIP.
AUDIO
CENTER
CHANNEL IN
ON
120 VAC
60HZ 5A
DVI/HDCP
IN
OFF
AUDIO IN
DVI/HDCP
S-VIDEO
R
L
ANT (75 )
VIDEO
Y
VIDEO
L/
MONO
AUDIO
PB
L
PR
AUDIO
Y
L/
MONO
PB
L
R
PR
AUDIO
ANT-1
OUT
R
R
Back of
HDTV
R
HD 2
IN
HD 2
OUT
IN
ANT-2
T11308
Note: When connecting the HDMI connector to the HDTV’s DVI
connector, you need an HDMI-to-DVI adaptor, and you need a
separate audio connection.
WARNING:
Electric shock hazard! Unplug all electronic
devices before connecting or disconnecting
any device cables to the 8300HD.
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Connecting the 8300HD to an HDTV With
Component Input (PrPbY)
Explorer 8300HD DVR
CAUTION
CABLE
OUT
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
OUT 1
OUT 2
AVIS: RISQUE DE CHOC
ELECTRIQUE NE PAS OUVRIR
Pr
CABLE
IN
THIS DEVICE IS INTENDED TO BE ATTACHED
TO A RECEIVER THAT IS NOT USED TO
RECEIVE OVER-THE-AIR BROADCAST
SIGNALS. CONNECTION OF THIS DEVICE
IN ANY OTHER FASHION MAY CAUSE
HARMFUL INTERFERENCE TO RADIO
COMMUNICATIONS AND IS IN VIOLATION
OF THE FCC RULES, PART 15.
L
Pb
A
U
D
I
O
IR
OPTICAL
1394
R
Y/V
1394
SATA
CATV CONVERTER
MADE IN MEXICO
DIGITAL
AUDIO OUT
VIDEO
AUDIO OUT
Cable Input
S - VIDEO
OUT
120 VAC
60HZ 80W
LISTED 14H1
CABLE EQUIP.
AUDIO
CENTER
CHANNEL IN
ON
120 VAC
60HZ 5A
DVI/HDCP
IN
Back of
HDTV
OFF
AUDIO IN
DVI/HDCP
S-VIDEO
R
L
ANT (75 )
VIDEO
Y
VIDEO
L/
MONO
AUDIO
PB
L
PR
AUDIO
Y
L/
MONO
PB
L
R
PR
AUDIO
ANT-1
OUT
R
R
R
HD 1
IN
HD 2
IN
OUT
IN
ANT-2
T11140
WARNING:
Electric shock hazard! Unplug all electronic
devices before connecting or disconnecting
any device cables to the 8300HD.
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Connecting the 8300HD to a Home Theater System With
Component Input (PrPbY)
Explorer 8300HD DVR
CAUTION
CABLE
OUT
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
OUT 1
OUT 2
AVIS: RISQUE DE CHOC
ELECTRIQUE NE PAS OUVRIR
Pr
THIS DEVICE IS INTENDED TO BE ATTACHED
TO A RECEIVER THAT IS NOT USED TO
RECEIVE OVER-THE-AIR BROADCAST
SIGNALS. CONNECTION OF THIS DEVICE
IN ANY OTHER FASHION MAY CAUSE
HARMFUL INTERFERENCE TO RADIO
COMMUNICATIONS AND IS IN VIOLATION
OF THE FCC RULES, PART 15.
CABLE
IN
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SATA
DIGITAL
AUDIO OUT
VIDEO
AUDIO OUT
S - VIDEO
OUT
120 VAC
60HZ 80W
LISTED 14H1
CABLE EQUIP.
Cable Input
Back of Home
Theater Receiver
DIGITAL
AUDIO
TV/CABLE
DVD
VIDEO 1
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
Y
Y
PB
PB
PB
PR
PR
PR
MONITOR
1
S-VIDEO
S-VIDEO
S-VIDEO
S-VIDEO
VIDEO
VIDEO
VIDEO
VIDEO
2
S-VIDEO
OUT
3
L
L
L
L
AUDIO
AUDIO
AUDIO
AUDIO
R
R
1
4
IN
R
OUT
2
IN
VIDEO OUT
OUT
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Back of Home Theater Receiver
DIGITAL
AUDIO
TV/CABLE
DVD
VIDEO 1
COMPONENT VIDEO
Y
Y
Y
PB
PB
PB
PR
PR
PR
MONITOR
1
S-VIDEO
S-VIDEO
S-VIDEO
S-VIDEO
VIDEO
VIDEO
VIDEO
VIDEO
3
L
L
L
L
1
4
AUDIO
AUDIO
R
R
AUDIO
IN
IN
2
VIDEO OUT
OUT
AUDIO
R
OUT
AUDIO
CENTER
CHANNEL IN
S-VIDEO
DVI/HDCP
IN
DIGITAL
AUDIO
1
AUDIO IN
DVI/HDCP
2
R
3
L
ANT (75½)
VIDEO
Y
AUDIO
PB
L
PR
AUDIO
Back of Home Theater Receiver
OFF
ON
L/
MONO
Electric shock hazard! Unplug all electronic
devices before connecting or disconnecting
any device cables to the 8300HD.
R
Back of
HDTV
VIDEO
WARNING:
S-VIDEO
OUT
2
TV/CABLE
DVD
S-VIDEO
S-VIDEO
S-VIDEO
VIDEO
VIDEO
VIDEO
VIDEO
L
L
L
L
AUDIO
AUDIO
AUDIO
AUDIO
R
R
4
L/
MONO
PB
L
R
PR
AUDIO
ANT-1
OUT
Y
Y
PB
PB
PB
PR
PR
PR
IN
2
OUT
MONITOR
S-VIDEO
OUT
VIDEO OUT
R
OUT
R
Back of
DVD Player
HD 2
IN
IN
OUT
R
AUDIO
IN
1
Y
Y
R
IN
COMPONENT VIDEO
S-VIDEO
R
VIDEO-1 VIDEO-2 HD 1
VIDEO 1
ANT-2
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DIGITAL
OUT
COAXIAL
Note: This connection
assumes that audio is
provided by the home
theater speakers.
OPTICAL
DIGITAL OUT
S-VIDEO
OUT
AUDIO OUT
R
L
Y
PB
VIDEO
OUT
PB
COMPONENT VIDEO OUT/
PROGRESSIVE SCAN
T11135
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Connecting the 8300HD to a Stereo VCR and HDTV (optional)
Explorer 8300HD DVR
CAUTION
CABLE
OUT
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
OUT 1
OUT 2
AVIS: RISQUE DE CHOC
ELECTRIQUE NE PAS OUVRIR
Pr
CABLE
IN
THIS DEVICE IS INTENDED TO BE ATTACHED
TO A RECEIVER THAT IS NOT USED TO
RECEIVE OVER-THE-AIR BROADCAST
SIGNALS. CONNECTION OF THIS DEVICE
IN ANY OTHER FASHION MAY CAUSE
HARMFUL INTERFERENCE TO RADIO
COMMUNICATIONS AND IS IN VIOLATION
OF THE FCC RULES, PART 15.
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Note: This connection allows for
archiving to the VCR and for
watching VCR tapes on your HDTV.
To watch HD content, one of the
other connections required for HD
content is needed. See the previous
diagrams.
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SATA
DIGITAL
AUDIO OUT
AUDIO OUT
VIDEO
Back of
Stereo VCR
S - VIDEO
OUT
120 VAC
60HZ 80W
LISTED 14H1
CABLE EQUIP.
RF IN
L
VIDEO
IN
R
L
AUDIO
IN
VIDEO
OUT
R
RF OUT
AUDIO
OUT
Back of
HDTV
AUDIO
CENTER
CHANNEL IN
ON
DVI/HDCP
IN
OFF
AUDIO IN
DVI/HDCP
S-VIDEO
R
WARNING:
L
ANT (75½)
Electric shock hazard!
Unplug all electronic
devices before connecting
or disconnecting any device
cables to the 8300HD.
VIDEO
Y
VIDEO
L/
MONO
AUDIO
PB
L
PR
AUDIO
Y
L/
MONO
PB
L
R
PR
AUDIO
ANT-1
OUT
R
R
VIDEO-1 VIDEO-2 HD 1
IN
R
AUDIO
IN
HD 2
OUT
ANT-2
IN
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Connecting the 8300HD to an External SATA Hard Disk Drive
(optional)
Explorer 8300HD DVR
CAUTION
CABLE
OUT
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
OUT 1
OUT 2
AVIS: RISQUE DE CHOC
ELECTRIQUE NE PAS OUVRIR
Pr
CABLE
IN
THIS DEVICE IS INTENDED TO BE ATTACHED
TO A RECEIVER THAT IS NOT USED TO
RECEIVE OVER-THE-AIR BROADCAST
SIGNALS. CONNECTION OF THIS DEVICE
IN ANY OTHER FASHION MAY CAUSE
HARMFUL INTERFERENCE TO RADIO
COMMUNICATIONS AND IS IN VIOLATION
OF THE FCC RULES, PART 15.
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Notes:
- Consult with your cable service provider for a
list of approved external SATA hard disk drives
that work with the 8300HD.
- External SATA hard disk drives allow for greater
program storage capacity and are not meant to
be used for archiving.
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Y/V
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DIGITAL
AUDIO OUT
VIDEO
AUDIO OUT
S - VIDEO
OUT
120 VAC
60HZ 5A
120 VAC
60HZ 80W
LISTED 14H1
CABLE EQUIP.
External SATA
Hard Disk Drive
SATA
T11209
Connecting the 8300HD in HD Mode to an SDTV With
Component Input (PrPbY)
Explorer 8300HD DVR Set to HD Mode
CAUTION
CABLE
OUT
OUT 1
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
OUT 2
AVIS: RISQUE DE CHOC
ELECTRIQUE NE PAS OUVRIR
Pr
CABLE
IN
L
THIS DEVICE IS INTENDED TO BE ATTACHED
TO A RECEIVER THAT IS NOT USED TO
RECEIVE OVER-THE-AIR BROADCAST
SIGNALS. CONNECTION OF THIS DEVICE
IN ANY OTHER FASHION MAY CAUSE
HARMFUL INTERFERENCE TO RADIO
COMMUNICATIONS AND IS IN VIOLATION
OF THE FCC RULES, PART 15.
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IR
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Y/V
120 VAC
60HZ 5A
SATA
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DIGITAL
AUDIO OUT
VIDEO
S - VIDEO
OUT
AUDIO OUT
120 VAC
60HZ 80W
LISTED 14H1
CABLE EQUIP.
RF IN
Y
L
PB
PR
VIDEO
IN
R
AUDIO
IN
L
VIDEO
OUT
R
RF OUT
AUDIO
OUT
Back of SDTV
T11230
Note: The 8300HD must be set to the proper output mode,
typically 480i.
WARNING:
Electric shock hazard!
Unplug all electronic devices before connecting or
disconnecting any device cables to the 8300HD.
Connecting the 8300HD in SD Mode to an SDTV
Explorer 8300HD DVR Set to SD Mode
CAUTION
CABLE
OUT
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
OUT 1
OUT 2
AVIS: RISQUE DE CHOC
ELECTRIQUE NE PAS OUVRIR
Pr
CABLE
IN
THIS DEVICE IS INTENDED TO BE ATTACHED
TO A RECEIVER THAT IS NOT USED TO
RECEIVE OVER-THE-AIR BROADCAST
SIGNALS. CONNECTION OF THIS DEVICE
IN ANY OTHER FASHION MAY CAUSE
HARMFUL INTERFERENCE TO RADIO
COMMUNICATIONS AND IS IN VIOLATION
OF THE FCC RULES, PART 15.
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VIDEO
AUDIO OUT
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OUT
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120 VAC
60HZ 80W
LISTED 14H1
CABLE EQUIP.
Cable Input
Back of
SDTV
LEFT
OUT IN
VIDEO
OUT
IN
CABLE/
ANTENNA
AUDIO
OUT IN
RIGHT
T11331
Note: Refer to Required Connections for a Standard-Definition TV
on page 6 regarding setting the 8300HD to SD mode.
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Watch TV
Access Services and Programs
Access cable services and programs by pressing the following keys on the remote control:
•
Guide–Access the on-screen guide. The on-screen guide displays schedules of TV programs and
other services available from your cable service provider, such as video-on-demand and pay-per-view
programs.
•
Arrows–Highlight a program in the schedule.
•
Info–Display a specific program description (either from the onscreen guide or while viewing a program).
•
Select–View a specific program in the guide.
Record One Program While Watching Another
When two of your favorite programs are scheduled at the same time,
you can record one program on the built-in DVR while watching the
other. Use the DVR keys on the remote control to record programs
or to play back recorded programs.
T10964
Watch Two Programs at the Same Time
You do not need a special TV to watch two programs at the same time.
Use the picture-in-picture (PIP) keys on the remote control, and you will
see a PIP screen on your TV.
Stretch and Zoom Program
You can stretch and zoom SD or HD programs by pressing the # key
on remote control.
Avoid Screen Burn-In!
Images such as letterbox bars or side bars, bright closedcaptioning backgrounds, station logos, or any other stationary
images may cause the picture tube in your HDTV to age unevenly;
this is known as screen burn-in. Refer to the user’s guide that came
with your HDTV for more information.
WARNING:
Avoid screen burn-in!
Do not display the same fixed images on your HDTV
screen for extended periods of time.
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T10965
Performance Tips
If the 8300HD does not perform as expected, the following tips may help. If you need further assistance,
contact your cable service provider.
No Picture
•
Verify that the power to your TV is turned on.
•
If the 8300HD is plugged into a wall switch, verify the switch is in the ON position.
•
Verify that all cables are properly connected.
•
If your system includes a VCR or stereo, verify that you have properly connected them to the 8300HD.
•
Verify that the TV is set to the proper input.
•
Verify that your TV is connected to the proper TV input port.
•
Verify that the 8300HD is set to the proper screen type and resolution.
No Color
•
Verify that the current TV program is broadcast in color.
•
Adjust the TV color controls.
No Sound
•
If your setup includes a VCR or stereo, verify that you have properly connected them to the 8300HD.
•
Verify that the volume is turned up.
•
Verify that the mute function is not engaged.
Automatic Software Updates
The TV screen displays a message that indicates the 8300HD is automatically updating its software. Wait
for the time to display on the front panel of your 8300HD before continuing with the installation process.
When the front panel displays the time, the update is complete.
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Frequently Asked Questions About HDTV
Are Local TV Stations Broadcasting in HDTV?
Many local TV stations are transmitting digital signals. However, transmitting a digital signal does not
mean transmitting an HDTV signal. Some stations are using the new bandwidth to broadcast several
standard-definition channels. Most stations however, once they begin broadcasting in digital, are offering
HD content from their parent network (for example, CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, WB, UPN, and PBS).
Why Are Some HDTVs 4:3 Aspect Ratio and Others 16:9?
The aspect ratios differ because television manufacturers build both standard and wide-screen HDTVs to
appeal to consumer viewing preferences.
•
On wide-screen HDTVs, the programming is displayed on the full screen.
•
On standard-screen HDTVs, the programming is displayed in letterbox format in the middle of the
screen. (There are bars surrounding the picture.)
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Compliance Information
United States FCC Compliance
This equipment has been tested and found to comply
with the applicable limits of Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in a residential
installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can
radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and
used in accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio or TV reception, which can
be determined by turning the equipment off and on. The
user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by
one or more of the following measures:
• Increase the separation between the equipment
and receiver
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit
different from that to which the receiver is connected
• Consult your cable company or an experienced
radio/TV technician for help
Any changes or modifications not expressly approved by
Scientific-Atlanta could void the user’s authority to
operate the equipment.
Important: The information shown in the FCC Declaration of Conformity paragraph below is a requirement of
the FCC and is intended to supply you with information
regarding the FCC approval of this device. The phone
numbers listed are for FCC-related questions only and
not intended for questions regarding the connection or
operation for this device. Please contact your cable
service provider for any questions you may have
regarding the operation or installation of this device.
Canada EMI Regulation
This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of
the Canadian Interference Causing Equipment Regulations.
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B respecte toutes
les exigences du Réglement sur le matériel brouilleur du
Canada.
Software and Firmware Use
Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. owns copyrights to the software
included in your set-top and furnishes the software to
your cable service provider under a license agreement.
You may only use or copy this software in accordance
with the terms of your cable service provider.
Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. owns copyrights to the firmware in
this equipment. You may only use the firmware in the
equipment in which it is provided. Any reproduction or
distribution of this firmware, or any portion of it, without
the express written consent of Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. is
prohibited.
Trademarks
Explorer, Scientific-Atlanta, 8300HD, and the ScientificAtlanta logo are registered trademarks of ScientificAtlanta, Inc. HDMI, the HDMI logo, and High-Definition
Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered
trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC. All other trademarks
shown are trademarks of their respective owners.
Disclaimer
Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. assumes no responsibility for
errors or omissions that may appear in this guide.
Scientific-Atlanta reserves the right to change this guide
at any time without notice.
FCC Declaration of Conformity
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and
2) this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired
operation.
EXPLORER® 8300HD
Home Entertainment Server:
Model 8300HD
Manufactured by: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.;
5030 Sugarloaf Parkway;
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30044; USA
Telephone 770-236-1077
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© 2004 by Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. All rights reserved.
Product and service availability subject to change without notice.
Scientific-Atlanta, Inc., 5030 Sugarloaf Parkway, P.O. Box 465447, Lawrenceville, GA 30042
www.scientificatlanta.com
July 2004 Printed in USA
4003986 Rev B