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Explorer 8300HD Digital Video Recorder

Contents

Important Safety Instructions... iv Change the Way You Watch TV... 1 Safety First.... 1 The Explorer eClub.... 1 Identify Your 8300HD... 1 Whats On the Front Panel?... 2 Whats On the Back Panel?... 3 Connecting the 8300HD.... 4 Connections for an HDTV and VCR... 5 Connections for a Standard-Definition TV and VCR.. 6 Watch TV.... 7 Performance Tips.... 8 Frequently Asked Questions About HDTV... 9 Picture Formats... 10 Connecting the 8300HD to an HDTV With an HDMI Connector.. 11 Connecting the 8300HD to an HDTV With a DVI Connector.. 12 Connecting the 8300HD to an HDTV With Component Input (PrPbY/V).. 13 Connecting the 8300HD to a Home Theater System With Component Input (PrPbY/V)... 14 Connecting the 8300HD to a Stereo VCR and HDTV (optional). 15 Connecting the 8300HD to an External SATA Hard Disk Drive (optional). 16 Connecting the 8300HD in HD Mode to an SDTV With Component Input (PrPbY/V)... 18 Connecting the 8300HD in SD Mode to an SDTV.. 18 Compliance Information... 19 Index.... 20
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

Heed Warnings

Notice for CATV Installers
If you are a CATV installer, read the information in the box below.
Note to CATV System Installer (USA/Canada Only)
This reminder is provided to call the CATV system installer's attention to Article 820-40 of the NEC (Section 54, Part I of the Canadian Electrical Code), that provides guidelines for proper grounding and, in particular, specifies that the CATV cable ground shall be connected to the grounding system of the building, as close to the point of cable entry as practical.
CAUTION: To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not remove cover (or back). No user-serviceable parts inside. Refer servicing to qualified service personnel.
WARNING TO PREVENT FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS UNIT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
This symbol is intended to alert you that uninsulated voltage within this product may have sufficient magnitude to cause electric shock. Therefore, it is dangerous to make any kind of contact with any inside part of this product.
This symbol is intended to alert you of the presence of important operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying this product.

Comply With Warnings

Avoid electric shock. Comply with all warnings and cautions in the operating instructions, as well as those that are affixed to this product.

Grounding This Product

This product is equipped with either a three-prong (grounding pin) safety plug or a two-prong (polarized) safety plug. To properly ground this product, follow these safety guidelines: For a 3-prong plug (one prong on this plug is a protective grounding pin), insert the plug into a grounded mains, 3prong outlet. Note: This plug fits only one way. If you are unable to insert this plug fully into the outlet, contact your electrician to replace your obsolete outlet. For a 2-prong plug (a polarized plug with one wide blade and one narrow blade), insert the plug into a polarized mains, 2-prong outlet in which one socket is wider than the other. Note: If you are unable to insert this plug fully into the outlet, try reversing the plug. If the plug still fails to fit, contact an electrician to replace your obsolete outlet.
Read, Retain, and Follow These Instructions
Read all of the instructions before you operate this product. Follow all operating instructions that accompany this product. Retain the instructions for future use. Give particular attention to all safety precautions.

Power Warnings

Providing a Power Source
A label on this product indicates the correct power source for this product. Operate this product only from an electrical outlet with the voltage and frequency indicated on the product label. If you are uncertain of the type of power supply to your home or business, consult your cable service provider or your local power company.
WARNING: To avoid electric shock and fire hazard, match the plug and outlet connections carefully, then fully insert. If the plug and outlet do not match, or you cannot fully insert the plug, contact an electrician to update your power outlets.

Overloading

WARNING: Avoid electric shock and fire hazard! Do not overload mains AC outlets and extension cords. For products that require battery power or other power sources to operate them, refer to the operating instructions for those products. Do not overload electrical outlets, extension cords, or integral convenience receptacles as this can result in a risk of fire or electric shock. For products that require battery power or other sources to operate, refer to the operating instructions for that product.

Safety First

Before using the 8300HD, read the Important Rules for Safe Operation section of this guide.

The Explorer eClub

The online Explorer eClub provides news and information about the Explorer 8300HD DVR. You can access the Explorer eClub on the Internet at the following Web address: www.scientificatlanta.com/explorerclub To join and access the online Explorer eClub, you need to enter the model number of your 8300HD. The model number is on the label on the bottom of the 8300HD.

Identify Your 8300HD

To find the serial number for your 8300HD, look on the back for a label that is similar to the example shown here. The serial number begins with SA and is located in the lower left corner of the bar code. If the 8300HD requires troubleshooting in the future, your cable service provider may ask for this serial number. Use the space provided here to record the serial number: ____________________________________________
0003B4287797 SABDQXTL N0006246618

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Serial Number
Whats On the Front Panel?
CH + POWER INFO EXIT LIST GUIDE VOL CH VOL + SELECT

L AUDIO R

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1 Power 2 Video and Audio Input* 3 List 4 Exit 5 Info 6 Guide 7 IR Sensor 8 LED Display
Turns the 8300HD on and off Connects to video and left/right (L/R) audio outputs of an external device to deliver the audio and video to a TV or other device Displays the list of recorded programs Exits menus, the on-screen guide, and program information Displays a description of the selected program. This button is available from the on-screen guide and while viewing a program Accesses on-screen services, such as the on-screen guide, video-ondemand, or pay-per-view Receives the infrared signal from the remote control Displays the selected channel number and time of day. The LED also displays the following: Message ( ) HDTV Power ( ) Output Resolution (1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i) RECORD AUTO - Automatically outputs native scan rates that your TV can accept
9 VOL + and VOL 10 CH + and CH 11 Select 12 Smart Card* 13 USB Port*
Enables you to increase and decrease the volume Enables you to scroll up and down through the channels Provides access to your on-screen selection Allows smart card access Connects to external equipment, such as a keyboard
* These connectors are reserved for future use or may not be available on all 8300HD models.

Whats On the Back Panel?

CABLE OUT OUT 1 Pr OUT 2

CAUTION

RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK DO NOT OPEN

AVIS: RISQUE DE CHOC

ELECTRIQUE NE PAS OUVRIR

CABLE IN

THIS DEVICE IS INTENDED TO BE ATTACHED TO A RECEIVER THAT IS NOT USED TO RECEIVE OVER-THE-AIR BROADCAST SIGNALS. CONNECTION OF THIS DEVICE IN ANY OTHER FASHION MAY CAUSE HARMFUL INTERFERENCE TO RADIO COMMUNICATIONS AND IS IN VIOLATION OF THE FCC RULES, PART 15.

A U D I OPTICAL AUDIO O OUT

R SATA

CATV CONVERTER MADE IN MEXICO

120 VAC 60HZ 5A

120 VAC 60HZ 80W

VIDEO Y/V

DIGITAL AUDIO OUT

S - VIDEO OUT

LISTED 14H1 CABLE EQUIP.

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1 Cable In 2 Cable Out
Connect the coaxial cable that delivers the signal from your cable service provider Connect a coaxial cable to Cable Out to send analog audio and video signals to a TV or VCR. These signals are standard-definition TV (SDTV) video and stereo audio Connect the 8300HD (when in HD mode) to the component video input (YPrPb) on the HDTV. When the 8300HD is configured for SD mode, the Y/V portion of the component video output connects to the composite video input of an HDTV or SDTV. See Connections for an HDTV and VCR or Connections for a Standard-Definition TV and VCR, later in this guide, for complete details Connect an RCA cable to send a digital audio signal to a surroundsound receiver or other digital audio device Connect to either a VCR for archiving saved content from the 8300HD or connect to another set of inputs (composite) on your HDTV Connect RCA cables to Audio Out to send analog audio signals (left and right) to a TV with stereo outputs Connect an optical cable to send a digital audio signal to a surroundsound receiver or other digital audio device Connect an S-Video cable to send an S-Video signal to your TV or VCR. This signal is standard definition but higher quality than other SDTV connections Connect the HDTV HDMI connector to the HDMI port. HDMI supports both digital audio and video. May be used to connect to a DVI interface using an adaptor (This connector reserved for future use.) Connect to an external Serial ATA (SATA) hard disk drive for expanded recording capacity. Check with your cable service provider for a list of approved hard drive models for use with the 8300HD Connect to display devices equipped with a 1394 input. This connector is reserved for future use and may not be available on all 8300HD models Connect the AC power cord from another device, such as a TV Connect the power cord to deliver power to the 8300HD

3 PrPbY/V

4 Digital Audio Output 5 Secondary Video and Audio Out 6 Audio Out (LEFT and RIGHT) 7 Optical Audio Output 8 S-Video Out

9 HDMI

10 IR 11 SATA
Firewire 13 AC Outlet 14 AC Power Input

Connecting the 8300HD

To connect your 8300HD to your entertainment devices, complete these steps. Determine if your TV is HD or SD and whether it is wide screen (16:9) or standard screen (4:3). See page 10 for more information.

Make the connections for your TV and VCR as follows: If you are using an HDTV, see page 5 and the connection diagrams at the end of this guide. If you are using an SDTV, see page 6 and the connection diagrams at the end of this guide. If you want to archive some programs to VCR tape, see pages 5 and 6 and the connection diagrams at the end of this guide. Identify the additional devices you will connect to the 8300HD and TV. See pages 11 through 18 and the related user guides for more information.

Home Theater

External SATA Drive
Plug the 8300HD and the TV into an AC power source that is not controlled by a switch.
Do not turn on the 8300HD or TV yet.
It may take several minutes for the 8300HD to receive the latest software, programming, and service information. Wait until you see one of the following displays on the front panel of the 8300HD that indicates that the update is complete:

Current time

Four dashes (- - - -)
Note: If four dashes are displayed, you must call your cable service provider to get the 8300HD authorized. Set up your 8300HD for HDTV or SDTV by completing the following steps: Make sure the 8300HD is Off and the TV is On. On the front panel of the 8300HD, press GUIDE and INFO at the same time. Follow the on-screen instructions to choose HD or SD mode and wide screen (16:9) or standard screen (4:3) depending upon your TV type. See Page 10 for more information on the scan rate. At the conclusion of the on-screen instructions, press POWER on the 8300HD to begin watching TV.
Connections for an HDTV and VCR
To use the 8300HD with an HDTV, you must make one of the following connections to view the HD content. In addition, you can make connections to a VCR to archive recordings to a VCR tape. Refer to your TV and VCR users guide and the cabling diagrams in this guide for more detailed connection information. Note: The labeling on your 8300HD may vary slightly. Required Connections to an HDTV (use one) Some HDTVs have a High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) connector. The HDMI connector provides both a digital video and audio connection. See the connection diagram on page 11 for an example. The HDMI connector can provide the connection to an HDTV with a DVI input. If your HDTV has a Digital Visual Interface (DVI) connector, you will need an HDMI-to-DVI adaptor, and you will need to connect a separate audio connection. See the connection diagram on page 12 for an example. The PrPbY/V connectors can provide high-definition component video signals to an HDTV.

PrPbY/V

8300HD Connections

HDTV Connections

OUT 1 L R L R

Adaptor Needed

Y Pb Pr
Note: You can use the HD Setup Wizard on the 8300HD to set the HD mode and select the output video format (480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i) that will match the full capabilities of your HDTV. See the connection diagram on page 13 for an example. Some HDTVs have only RGB connectors. If you have one of these HDTVs, you need an RGB adaptor. Check with your cable service provider for information about acquiring an RGB adaptor, or you can purchase the adaptor at your local electronics supplier.

OUT 1 L R

R G B H V L R
Adaptor Needed Optional Connections to a VCR (use one) For VCRs that have a Video and Left and Right audio connectors, you can use the Out 2 connectors (Video, Left, and Right) on the 8300HD. See the connection diagram on page 15 for an example.

OUT 2 A L U D I RO

VCR Connections

VIDEO IN L R

AUDIO IN
For VCRs that have an S-Video and Left and Right audio connectors, you can use the S-Video Out and the Out 2 Left and Right connectors on the 8300HD.

S-VIDEO OUT

OUT 2 L R

S-VIDEO IN L R

Connections for a Standard-Definition TV and VCR
When using the 8300HD with an SDTV, you must make one of the following connections to view content. Some SDTVs may not have all these connections. In addition, you can make connections to a VCR to archive recordings to a VCR tape. Refer to your TV and VCR user guides and the cabling diagrams in this guide for more detailed information. Note: The labeling on your 8300HD may vary slightly. Required Connections to an SDTV (use one) The PrPbY/V connectors can provide standarddefinition component video signals to an SDTV.

SDTV Connections

Note: To connect PrPbY/V to an SDTV, you must set the HD Setup Wizard on the 8300HD to HD Mode, and select the output video format (typically only 480i) that will match the capabilities of your SDTV. See the connection diagram on page 18 for an example.
When you set up the 8300HD in SD mode, the Y/V connector on the 8300HD is configured as a composite video out connector (V).

Composite

VIDEO IN
See the connection diagram on page 18 for an example.
The S-Video Out connection provides an optimal video connection to SDTVs.

S-Video

S-VIDEO OUT OUT 1 L R S-VIDEO IN L R

Cable Out

The Cable Out connector provides a video and audio connection to an SDTV.

CABLE OUT

CABLE IN/ ANT IN
Optional Connection to a VCR For VCRs that have a Video and Left and Right Audio connectors, you can use the Out 2 connectors (Video, Left, and Right) on the 8300HD.

Watch TV

Access Services and Programs
Access cable services and programs by pressing the following keys on the remote control: GuideAccess the on-screen guide. The on-screen guide displays schedules of TV programs and other services available from your cable service provider, such as video-on-demand and pay-per-view programs. ArrowsSelect a program in the schedule. InfoDisplay a specific program description (either from the on-screen guide or while viewing a program). SelectView a specific program in the guide.
Record One Program While Watching Another
When two of your favorite programs are scheduled at the same time, you can record one program on the built-in DVR while watching the other. Use the DVR keys on the remote control to record programs or to play back recorded programs.

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Watch Two Programs at the Same Time
You do not need a special TV to watch two programs at the same time. Use the picture-in-picture (PIP) keys on the remote control, and you will see a PIP screen on your TV.

Stretch and Zoom Program

You can stretch and zoom SD or HD programs by pressing the # key on the remote control.

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Avoid Screen Burn-In!
Images such as letterbox bars or side bars, bright closed-captioning backgrounds, station logos, or any other stationary images may cause the picture tube in your HDTV to age unevenly; this is known as screen burn-in. Refer to the users guide that came with your HDTV for more information.
WARNING: Avoid screen burn-in! Do not display the same fixed images on your HDTV screen for extended periods of time.

Performance Tips

If the 8300HD does not perform as expected, the following tips may help. If you need further assistance, contact your cable service provider.

No Picture

Verify that the power to your TV is turned on. If the 8300HD is plugged into a wall switch, verify that the switch is in the ON position. Verify that all cables are properly connected. If your system includes a VCR or stereo, verify that you have properly connected them to the 8300HD. Verify that the 8300HD is set to the proper screen type and resolution.

No Color

Verify that the current TV program is broadcast in color. Adjust the TV color controls. If you are using a component video connection (PrPbY/V), check that all connectors are completely plugged into the 8300HD and TV.

No Sound

If your setup includes a VCR or stereo, verify that you have properly connected them to the 8300HD. Verify that the volume is turned up. Verify that the mute function is not on.

Automatic Software Updates
The TV screen displays a message that indicates the 8300HD is automatically updating its software. Wait for the current time to display on the front panel of your 8300HD before continuing. When the front panel displays the time, the update is complete.
Frequently Asked Questions About HDTV
What is Digital Television?
Digital television (DTV) is a huge leap forward in television technology compared to analog television that has been widely available since the 1940s. DTV is delivered and displayed using digital encoding, similar to the way a PC operates. By using digital technology, there is no variation in picture and sound quality from the origination point until it is displayed on your television. You always receive a high-quality picture without the wavy lines or static you might sometimes get from a weak analog signal. Because DTV receives and displays digital images that contain many times more picture elements (pixels - the small dots that make up the color image on your screen) than standard analog television, you can get a sharper on-screen image than with analog. Additionally, DTV supports CD-quality sound. DTV includes SDTV (Standard Definition Television), EDTV (Enhanced Definition Television), and HDTV (High-Definition Television). That means that all HDTV is digital, but not all digital TV is high-definition. A high-definition program must originate in HD format and be broadcast in HD format. Having an HDTV system does not mean that everything you watch will be in high-definition. Getting the signal from digital cable also does not mean it is high-definition.
What is Standard-Definition Television?
Standard-definition television (SDTV) is basic digital television programming delivered by cable. Typically, the SDTV screen is the same, nearly square shape as an analog television screen. Digital images on an SDTV set are crisp and clearnoticeably better than on a standard analog television set using an antenna to receive over-the-air signals.
What is High-Definition Television?
High-definition television (HDTV) is a completely new way to send and receive television broadcast signals. HDTV images are made up of pixels that are much smaller and closer together than those used in standard analog television, and there are millions of them. Thus, HDTV can display five to six times the detail of analog television to deliver picture quality that is much more realistic, dimensional, and precise. SDTV programs can be viewed on an HDTV. Another feature of HDTV is digital surround sound using Dolby Digital, which is the same technology used to produce the sound you hear in movie theaters.

Are Local TV Stations Broadcasting in HDTV?
Many local TV stations are transmitting digital signals. However, transmitting a digital signal does not mean transmitting an HDTV signal. Some stations are using the new bandwidth to broadcast several standard-definition channels. Most stations, once they begin broadcasting in digital, are offering HD content from their parent network (for example, CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, WB, UPN, and PBS).
Why Are Some HDTVs 4:3 Aspect Ratio and Others 16:9?
The aspect ratios differ because television manufacturers build both standard-screen and widescreen HDTVs to appeal to consumer viewing preferences. The two aspect ratios are as follows: On wide-screen (16:9) HDTVs, the programming is displayed on the full screen. On standard-screen (4:3) HDTVs, the programming is displayed in letterbox format in the middle of the screen. (There are bars surrounding the picture.)
Where Are the Connection Diagrams?
The diagrams at the end of this guide show examples of common ways to connect the 8300HD to your HDTV, DVD, and home theater receiver. However, these diagrams do not show every possible combination of devices. Refer to the users guides that came with your other electronic devices for further information.

What Cables Do I Need?

Some of the cables and adaptors shown in the diagrams may not be included with the 8300HD. The required cables are shown in the connection diagrams in this guide.

Picture Formats

What is the Difference Between a Standard-Screen and a Wide-Screen HDTV
The type of screen your HDTV has (wide screen or standard screen) determines how the 8300HD displays programs on the screen. The picture format for an HDTV is a combination of aspect ratio and screen resolution and is different for standard-screen and wide-screen HDTVs.

What is Aspect Ratio?

An aspect ratio is the ratio of the width to the height of the TV screen. The aspect ratios differ because the television industry manufactures both standard-screen and wide-screen HDTVs to appeal to consumer viewing preferences.
What is the Screen Resolution and Scan Rate?
The screen resolution indicates the amount of detail that the picture displays. Resolution is identified by the number of display lines on the screen. The techniques that an HDTV uses to paint the picture on the screen are referred to as progressive and interlaced. With the progressive method, every pixel on the screen is refreshed simultaneously. The interlace method involves refreshing pixels in alternation first the odd lines and then the even lines. For advance setup, select the scan modes that your TV can support. Refer to your DVR and HDTV users guides to choose the proper scan rates (480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i) for your setup. For example, a resolution of 1080i indicates that the screen shows 1080 lines in an interlaced display, and 480p indicates that the screens shows 480 lines in a progressive display. Notes: The screen resolution (1080i, 480p, and so forth) is sometimes referred to as the scan rate. The terms are interchangeable. You can stretch and zoom the displayed picture using the built-in capability of the 8300HD by pressing the # key on the remote control. Refer to your DVR users guide for more information on this feature.

AUDIO CENTER CHANNEL IN DVI/HDCP IN

R HD 2 HD 2

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Note: When connecting the HDMI connector to the DVI connector on your HDTV, you need an HDMI-to-DVI adaptor, and you need a separate audio connection.
Connecting the 8300HD to an HDTV With Component Input (PrPbY/V)
IR OPTICAL AUDIO IN 1394 SATA VAC 60HZ 5A 120 VAC 60HZ 80W

AUDIO CENTER CHANNEL IN

DVI/HDCP IN

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Connecting the 8300HD to a Home Theater System With Component Input (PrPbY/V)

DIGITAL AUDIO

1 S-VIDEO 2 VIDEO 3 L 4 AUDIO AUDIO AUDIO AUDIO L L L VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO S-VIDEO S-VIDEO S-VIDEO
Back of Home Theater Receiver
TV/CABLE DVD VIDEO 1 COMPONENT VIDEO

MONITOR

VIDEO OUT

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1 S-VIDEO 2 VIDEO 3 L 4 AUDIO AUDIO AUDIO AUDIO L L L 1 VIDEO VIDEO VIDEO PR PR PR S-VIDEO S-VIDEO S-VIDEO PB PB PB S-VIDEO OUT

TV/CABLE

VIDEO 1

COMPONENT VIDEO

Back of DVD Player
DIGITAL OUT COAXIAL AUDIO OUT

OPTICAL DIGITAL OUT

COMPONENT VIDEO OUT/ PROGRESSIVE SCAN

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ANT (75)
R VIDEO-1 VIDEO-2 HD 1 AUDIO HD 2

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Note: This connection assumes that audio is provided by the home theater speakers.
Connecting the 8300HD to a Stereo VCR and HDTV (optional)
A U D I OPTICAL O AUDIO OUT
Cable Input Back of Stereo VCR
Note: This connection allows for archiving to the VCR and for watching VCR tapes on your HDTV. To watch HD content, use the HDMI, YPbPr, or DVI connector.

VIDEO IN RF IN L R L R

AUDIO OUT

RF OUT

VIDEO Y VIDEO Y L/ MONO

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Connecting the 8300HD to an External SATA Hard Disk Drive (optional)
Complete the following steps to install a SATA drive. 1. Make sure that both the 8300HD and the external SATA drive are unplugged from power. 2. Connect the data cable for the SATA drive to the 8300HD. 3. Plug in power to the external SATA drive. 4. Plug in the 8300HD power cord, and then turn on the 8300HD. 5. Follow the on-screen instructions. One of the following occurs: If it is a new drive or one used on another device, you will be asked to format it. If the drive is formatted and will work with this 8300HD, you will get a confirmation that the drive is working.

IR OPTICAL AUDIO OUT 120 VAC 60HZ 5A 120 VAC 60HZ 80W
VIDEO Y/V DIGITAL AUDIO OUT VIDEO
Cable Input External SATA Hard Disk Drive
To Unswitched Wall Outlet To Unswitched Wall Outlet

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Guidelines for Using the External SATA Hard Disk Drive
The external SATA hard disk drive requires continuous power. If the SATA drive loses power while the 8300HD is plugged in, the 8300HD may stop current recordings or not provide enough space for future recordings. Follow these guidelines for using the SATA drive: Do not plug in the power cord for the SATA drive to a switched outlet or to the AC outlet on the 8300HD. Do not turn off, disconnect, or unplug the SATA drive while the 8300HD is plugged in.
Recommendations for the SATA Drive
Contact your cable service provider for a list of approved external SATA hard disk drives. At a minimum, your SATA drive should have these capabilities: External SATA Connector - SATA II: Cable and Connector, Revision 1.0 (www.sata-io.org for more information) Drive Speed: 7200 RPM (5400 RPM without Multi-room); 133 MB/sec Capacity: Only one SATA drive can be connected to the 8300HD. The 8300HD will not support a separate port multiplier. SATA Drive Power: The SATA drive should power on when plugged in and should not be controlled by a switch.
Connecting the 8300HD to an External SATA Hard Disk Drive (optional), continued
Disconnecting the External SATA Hard Disk Drive
Complete the following steps to disconnect the SATA drive safely. 1. Make sure that the 8300HD is powered off. 2. Disconnect the power cord from the 8300HD and wait for at least 10 seconds. 3. Disconnect the power cord and data cable from the external SATA drive. If you improperly disconnect your SATA drive, you will receive an error message, and you will be required to restart the 8300HD upon reconnecting.
How the SATA Drive Works with Your 8300HD
Recordings are balanced between the internal hard drive on the 8300HD and the external SATA drive as follows: A recording is not split between an internal and external hard drive. The 8300HD automatically stores complete programs using the following space available logic: - If the external SATA drive has more space available, the SATA drive stores the next recording. - If the internal hard drive on the 8300HD has more space available, the internal hard drive stores the next recording.

% Space Used

Internal External Hard Drive SATA Drive

Internal Hard Drive

Golf 1:00 pm EST, Saturday

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College Football 3:30 pm EST, Saturday

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Connecting the 8300HD in HD Mode to an SDTV With Component Input (PrPbY/V)
Explorer 8300HD DVR Set to HD Mode
A U D I O OPTICAL AUDIO OUT

1394 SATA

Back of SDTV

RF IN L R L R

Note: The 8300HD must be set to the proper output mode, typically 480i.

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Connecting the 8300HD in SD Mode to an SDTV
Explorer 8300HD DVR Set to SD Mode

LEFT OUT IN

Note: See Connections for a Standard-Definition TV and VCR on page 6 regarding setting the 8300HD to SD mode.
VIDEO OUT IN CABLE/ ANTENNA

AUDIO OUT IN

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Compliance Information

United States FCC Compliance
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the applicable limits of Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio or TV reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on. The user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected Consult your cable company or an experienced radio/TV technician for help Any changes or modifications not expressly approved by Scientific-Atlanta could void the users authority to operate the equipment. Important: The information shown in the FCC Declaration of Conformity paragraph below is a requirement of the FCC and is intended to supply you with information regarding the FCC approval of this device. The phone numbers listed are for FCCrelated questions only and not intended for questions regarding the connection or operation for this device. Please contact your cable service provider for any questions you may have regarding the operation or installation of this device.

Canada EMI Regulation

This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003. Cet appareil numrique de la class B est conforme la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
Software and Firmware Use
Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. owns copyrights to the software included in your set-top and furnishes the software to your cable service provider under a license agreement. You may only use or copy this software in accordance with the terms of your cable service provider. Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. owns copyrights to the firmware in this equipment. You may only use the firmware in the equipment in which it is provided. Any reproduction or distribution of this firmware, or any portion of it, without the express written consent of Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. is prohibited.

Trademarks

8300HD, Explorer, Scientific-Atlanta, and the Scientific-Atlanta logo are registered trademarks of Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. Dolby is a registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories. HDMI, the HDMI logo, and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC. All other trademarks shown are trademarks of their respective owners.

Disclaimer

Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions that may appear in this guide. Scientific-Atlanta reserves the right to change this guide at any time without notice.
FCC Declaration of Conformity
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: 1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and 2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. EXPLORER 8300HD Digital Video Recorder: Model 8300HD Manufactured by: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.; 5030 Sugarloaf Parkway; Lawrenceville, Georgia 30044; USA Telephone 770-236-1077
1394 Firewire 3 D Diagrams. See Connecting the 8300HD to other devices Digital Video Recorder. See DVR, What is it 3, 10 Digital TV, What is it Display, LED DVI connector DVR, What is it B Back panel F C Cables Cable Out 19 FAQs 10 E External hard disk drive. See SATA 2 3, 5, 9

A AC Outlet

Power input Aspect ratio

Burn-in of screen

FCC compliance Formats, picture

Compliance, FCC

Frequently Asked Questions. See FAQs Front panel 2
Component video connection. See PrPbY/V Composite Connectors See also Front panel; Back panel required for HDTV required for SDTV VCR 5, 6 6
H Hard disk drive, external. See SATA HD mode format 3, 4, 5, 6, 18 1, 9 9
Connecting the 8300HD to other devices See also Web access to product information HDTV with Component input (PrPbY/V) HDTV with DVI connector HDTV with HDMI connector HDTV with VCR 11 I 13
TV, What is it HDMI 3, 5, 11
High-definition (See HD) Home theater system connection 14
Home Theater System with Component input (PrPbY/V) 14 SATA drive, external SDTV 18 16, 17
Interlaced scan rate IR Sensor 2

 

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