I have my Digital Cable set up, and the cable box gets the digital cable, the VCR gets basic cable (for picture in Picture purposes) how do I tape things that are on channells above 124, since my VCR only has that many channels? Do I have to reroute it and lose PIP?
I believe that you would have to re-route it and lose PIP (when you want to record something. if you don't mind shuffling cables around). If you can hook your digital cable box up to your vcr directly (I assume you have to go through the AV inputs and not the cable input thingy, right?), then I think that's the only way you could do it. But, I have no experience with Digital Cable.
so yeah, if/when you want to record stuff, you'd have to have your cable box hooked to your vcr.
Now, if you could do picture in picture with your AV/svid input as your main screen, and change channels on your other tv's cable source (plug that in with the basic cable line you have going to your vcr) while that's the PIPy thing, then you don't have to sacrifice PIP.
Assuming you have pretty modern equipment, you can do this pretty easily... I assume that you have two different video inputs on your TV that take RCA cables.
Take the cable from the wall and put it into a splitter. This should give you two strands of Coax that you can get cable signals on. Run the first strand to your Digital Cable box, then connect that with RCA cables to your TV to your first input. Turn the sucker on and test it to make sure that you have a picture and everything is working properly. You might degrade the signal quality with the initial splitter, so this is why you want to test at this point.
If this all worked, go to Radio Shack and buy an A/B converter. This lets you choose between two different coax sources for your output. Plug the cable feed from the wall into your A source, and put a piece of coax from the coax output of the digi box into the B input. Then, hook the output of the A/B switch into your VCR.
Your VCR plugs into your input 2 on your TV. Now when you do PNP you run Input 1 and Input 2 with the switch set to A.
If you want to record, you put the switch to B and record what you are watching. You can't use PNP during this time.
I think that's the best solution, but you should talk to the experts at your cable company and find out what they recommend. Perhaps they can provide you with a better quality part than Radio Shack can...