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Hi there, sorry to hear you're having trouble with the recorder Margaret,
HDMI won't work as an input to the samsung, only as an output from the player to the tv.
From the sky box to the recorder you want a SCART connection or the red/white/yellow rca connectors.
When doing this, set the tv to the proper input mode to pick up signal from the player (you should see the Samsung menu come up on screen), such as HDMI1, HDMI2, etc
Then you'll use the Source/Input button on the samsung remote to cycle through the different AV1, AV2, etc options until you pick up the signal from the sky box passing through the recorder. At that point, with a blank dvd-r disc in it, you can simply press Record