on PC I was able to tell the sling box that it is in Japan as far as location so that wasn't the problem. Just can't figure out how to get the tv to display through the VCR. As the COAX is going into and out of the VCR a from the wall and back into the TV with the VCR in the middle I can confirm that the signal works as when the TV input is set to TV I can watch TV fine. When I switch to VCR input on the TV I just see VCR Blue screen. It would display a movie if I put in a VHS and it would display a DVD or DVD screen if I switch the VCR / DVD player to DVD mode.
The most probable cause of this issue is most likely the fact that all Slingboxes are regionalized. Basically what this mean for you, is that, to hook up a Slingbox in Japan, you would have wanted to purchase that unit from within Japan or on the Japanese Sling website (www.slingbox.jp). Though at this time, Slingbox 500s are not currently available, or supported for use in Japan. After checking out the Japanese Slingbox page, it looks as though the Slingbox M1 is about to be released in Japan on April 10, 2015.
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Do you have anything plugged into the HDMI as the CPRM will stop it.
You need to use a HDMI splitter to get around the CPRM. You can buy a HDMI 1 into 2 splitter from Amazon Japan fairly cheaply.
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This works for me with a Japanese Panasonic PVR (new Japanese Panas dont have component D4 on the back anymore) plugged into the Sling500.
I think I'm one of the few peeps here with experience with slingbox in japan.
Postal code is only needed for the programming schedule. You can set it to whatever you want. (I use my US address). This is not your problem.
I think the problem is with your Funai. Your TV has an ATSC tuner which I think is a digital tuner which is probably being used since your imput goes into coax. I can't find any info on your Funai, but it sounds old and I doubt it has a digital tuner on it. There is no digital tuner on Slingbox.
Here is your test:
Plug the composite (yellow) that you have going to your slingbox into your TV. If you see signal, then the problem is Slingbox. If you don't, then you need a new tuner ($$$). I have a Toshiba Regza D-TR1 which is the bomb, but not sold anymore (japanese law changed about manufacturing). You can get a new tuner and then an HDMI to component converter ($40 in the US, same one they package in japan with 350) and plug that into your 500. But doubtful you'll get that in time before your leave japan. I would just get an el-cheapo tuner($50-100) and use the composite as you are now.