Setting up your receiver to control a VCR
Your Bell Satellite receiver can control a VCR by transmitting a very strong infrared signal. To setup your receiver, follow the steps below and ensure there is a clear line of sight between your receiver and VCR.
NOTE: Before you start, locate the remote codes for your VCR (PDF 202.92 KB) and write them down.
To set up your satellite receiver to control a VCR:
- Press the MENU button.
- Select the System Setup option.
- Select the Installation option.
- Select the VCR Setup option.
- Enter your 3-digit VCR code number using the number pad buttons found here.
- Make sure the VCR is connected to either the receiver audio/video outputs or the TV Set Out Connection.
- Make sure the VCR is turned on. Insert a tape.
- Note: The receiver starts and stops VCR recording, but does not turn ON the VCR, so you must do this yourself.
- To test the new code, highlight the Test option. The receiver displays a message warning you to make sure the VCR is turned ON.
- Press the SELECT button to start the test. Your VCR records for a few seconds, stops, and then rewinds. The receiver displays a message saying that your VCR test is complete. Follow the instructions on the message. If your VCR did not do the test, enter another code from the table. Repeat steps 8 and 9.
- Once you've found the correct VCR code, select Done to save the VCR code you entered and return to the Installation and Setup menu.
Once you've properly set up the receiver to control the VCR, complete the following to set up the VCR to operate when you set a VCR timer.
- Turn the VCR on.
- Insert a tape.
- If you need to change the VCR settings (tape length or channel), see the instructions that came with your VCR.
If the receiver cannot control the VCR, try placing them face to face. This will eliminate any obstructions. If this is not possible, try moving the receiver and VCR to the front edge of the shelf.
If you still can't get the VCR timers to work, use the timers built into the VCR to start and stop recording at the right times.