Well, I am helping friends hook all their gadgets together and have hit a snag. They have these items: Large tv, cable box, VCR, DVD-RW. I routed everything through the cablebox, with a splitter from the cable at the wall directly to the dvdrw, and the dvd player only found 71 channels and they tell me they get in the hundreds. Then, when I removed the vcr from the loop entirely and used just the dvdrw through the cablebox (in and out) it degraded the tv signal and found no channels. In fact, every time the dvdrw is in the loop the picture clarity suffers. I even added an rf modulator to the mix, and still, no channels on the dvd and poor picture quality. I tried expensive gold cables as well as cheapo ones. Do some dvdrw's not get channels above 100? The book that came with this no-name stinks and there is no phone number. Website offers only where to buy them. I have also changed the channel from 3 to 4 on everything and that didn't matter. How do I convince this player to search and find more channels on their cable? And is there anything I can do to improve picture quality? What about this S-cable (or S-something)? I don't know how to use that option, but the cable box/tv and dvd I believe, all have this as a slot.