DTVLink Recording. RCA DVR2160, DVR2080
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Overview & Setup Overview & Setup
The three functionality levels give you more flexibility in the configuration of DTVLink recording.
• Select the first level if a DVCR is connected and you want to use as the default recording device. When you select RECORD, the digital program is streamed to your digital recorder but the TV stays tuned to the channel you're watching without tuning to the digital recorder's input on the TV.
• Select the second level if you don't want continuous recording (buffering), but want to manually autotune to the DTVLink component by pressing RECORD. Pressing RECORD while watching a digital program tunes to the DTVLink device and begins recording. This lets you watch the program you're recording and use Instant Replay, Jump Ahead, and time-shifting while still recording the program.
• Select the third level if you want to continuously record (buffer) digital programs and autotune the TV to the DTVLink component by pressing most transport buttons. When the
DVR is turned on, it begins recording digital channels. The continuous recording creates a temporary "live-TV" buffer by continuously recording a digital channel.
The maximum space allowed for the temporary information varies depending on the bitrate of the programming. It could be many hours if the bitrate is low to approximately 3.5 hours of full-stream ATSC. For QAM channels (common on cable systems), the space is anywhere from 1.75 hours for really good HD programming to many hours, if the bitrate is low. The better the quality of the digital signal, the more memory it takes to record the picture which shortens the recording time. The scan lines (resolution) for the digital stream you are receiving are displayed in the TV's INFO banner.
Note: If you don’t choose level 2 or 3, pressing RECORD only starts the recording— it doesn’t switch the TV to the
DVR’s DTVLink input—(you’ll need to use the INPUT button to channel through the inputs).
The DVR uses the 2-way IEEE 1394 interface for connection to compatible digital televisions.
This allows you to control the DVR’s record and playback functions using the TV remote in the TV mode.
You should know:
• Only digital content (ATSC and QAM signals) can be recorded. Analog TV programs (NTSC signals) cannot be output or recorded through the TV’s DTVLink jack.
• Only the subchannel you are watching can be recorded. For more information about subchannels, see page 14.
• When an on-screen guide is built into your TV, any guide-based recording takes precedence over the DTVLink recording.
• The DVR has built-in hardware for support of copy protection standards and is able to record authorized copy protected content. If the content provider does not authorize content recording of any type, the program cannot be recorded to the DVR.
• The remote must be in the TV mode to enable transport functions, such as RECORD, STOP,
FAST FORWARD, REVERSE, PAUSE, and PLAY.
• If you're recording and you change the TV to an analog or digital channel, you are warned that the recording may be stopped and asks if you really want to change channels. If you change to a digital channel, the new digital channel is recorded. If you change to a video input, the channel you were recording continues to record. Changing to analog stops recording and the program is lost. This functionality is only available when the AVHD is configured in the DTVLink Setup menu for the second or third levels of configuration.
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Overview & Setup
• A status bar provides on-screen feedback when recording and playing back programs. See page 14.
• A scheduled recording takes place even if the TV's Parental Control has blocked the source.
To schedule a timed DTVLink recording, use the Record/Wake Timer screen. Ensure the DVR is selected in the Recording Device menu and see your TV Owner’s Manual for more information on scheduled recordings.
You can also schedule a timed recording by using your TV's built-in, on-screen program guide (if available in your TV). See TV User's Guide for details.
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