I'm rather confused by a few things you said so, before answering it, and maybe/probably going on the wrong tack, can I check a couple of points with you:
a) By "video/vcr combi", do you perhaps mean a conventional vcr, plus either a DVD player or alternatively a DVD recorder, in a combined box with the VCR? Which is it please?
b) I don't know what you mean by "nine of the usual channels". An analogue-only tuner will give you five channels; BBC1/BBC2/ITV1/Chan4/Chan5. A terrestrial digital tuner will give you all TV and radio Freeview channels (many more than 9).
Can you resolve this uncertainty please?