Cable box must be left on to use HDD/DVD recorder?
February 25, 2014 5:13 PM Subscribe
Do we have to leave our Charter cable box on in order to use the timer on our HDD/DVD recorder?
posted by ragtimepiano to Technology (5 answers total)
---It seems so. When I turn off both the cable box and the recorder, the timer switches both on and records, but with no audio. If I leave the cable box on (a power hog), then programs will be recorded correctly, with audio. Is there a work-around for this problem? We recently switched from Directv in order to get one of those "telephone/highspeed internet/ cable tv" packages. With Directv, I was able to switch off both the satellite and the recorder, and the timer would kick in to record.
NOTE: This is not a "DVR" device we are using. It's a Toshiba HDD/DVD recorder-player. These are becoming increasingly rare, and are no longer made for the US, although they are on the market in Europe. These marvelous recorders offer a huge range of editing functions.
Thanks, metafilter techies, for any suggestions.