Place the VCR and DirecTV box near each other. This depends on your entertainment setup. However, you can place the VCR on top of the DirecTV box or next to the device. Be aware of any vents on the top or bottom of your VCR and DirecTV box. Do not block the vents.
Hook the first coax cable to your "Antenna In" outlet on the back of the TV. This is your metal cable TV connector. Turn the coax until it is securely tight on the back of the TV.
Screw the other end of that coax cable into your VCR. Find the metal connection that is the "RF Out" or "Antenna Out." Tighten the end into the VCR until it will not turn anymore.
Use your second coax cable and fasten it to the "RF In" or "Antenna In" on the back of the VCR.
Screw the other end of the second coax cable into the "Out to TV" on the back of the DirecTV box. Be sure that all of the coax cables are tightly secured to the devices.
Plug your VCR into a surge protector. Then turn on the VCR.
I would connect the DirecTV receiver to your VCR using what is called RCA cables (Red, White and Yellow) - then connect the VCR to your TV using again RCA cables.
IF you have a High Definition receiver - I would personally connect the DirecTV receiver using HDMI to your TV - then using a 2nd input on the TV connect the VCR, IF you are also wanting to record from the DirecTV receiver I would connect the receiver to VCR using RCA cables; Still leaving the HDMI to the TV - this will provide the best picture quality, as well as sound
I hope this was helpful - however if I confused you anywhere let me know
I don't like hooking up a DirecTV receiver to the VCR. It's very hard to record shows (as you must be on the channel you're recording). It's much easier to hook up ANY peripheral (VCR, DVD, Game system) directly to your television, especially if you have HD.
ITS ALOT EASIER IF U GO DIRECTLY TO UR TV AND BACK TO UR DVD OR VCR. U CAN USE A COAX (RG-60, RCA JACK (RED,YELLOW AND WHITE) OR HDMI (HD).. THOSE R UR 3 OPTION. JUST GO BEHIND UR TV AND HOOK THIS UP TO A INPUT. IF ITS 1,2 OR 3 GO TO THAT INPUT ON UR TV.... THEN GO TO THE BACK OF UR DVD OR VCR AND HOOK THAT SIDE UP.... TURN ON UR DVD OR VCR 1ST.. THIS WILL LET U KNOW IF U HAVE IT RIGHT... LET ME KNOW IF U NEED MORE HELP....THANK U..
Most vcr's have a input and an output. There is a composite in (yellow, red, white), and there is a cable in. whichever you choose to use, just make sure your vcr is selected to that input. For example, use composite cables from directv to vcr in, then from vcr out to tv.