The notation on the box says "Tuner not Included: A cable box, satellite box, or other tuner source is required for recording live television". I have DirectTV, plus was not needing to record live TV (I do this with my DirectTV box), so thought it was good to go. Spent all day trying to play a DVD. Called the manufacuturer and DirectTV, and unless you have the red, yellow, white RCA connections on your TV, you won't be able to play DVDs. My old TV doesn't have these, just a coaxial connection (which worked fine with my Sony DVD/VHS), but the Magnavox does not have a coxial connetion so it could not be connected to my DirectTV box, and my TV does not have RCA connections. DirectTV is sending me a modulator (free of charge) so that I can hook this up to my TV. So, if your TV is old like mine, and doesn't have the red, white and yellow RCA connections do not buy this, because even if you have cable or satellite, it won't work.
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