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Can I use a Freeview box if there is no SCART connector on my TV?

Can I use a Freeview box if there is no SCART connector on my TV?

Can I use a Freeview box if there is no SCART connector on my T
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Very few of the current Freeview boxes have both SCART and UHF outputs, but you will have to check.

This is done mainly to keep the costs down, but it saves any possible interference from the box itself with the incoming Freeview signals.

So with the a few boxes - often PVRs - you can watch (and record) Freeview channels via a UHF channel.

However, the best possible picture quality is obtained using the "RGB" output on the SCART connector, so if you switch the box to a new TV at some point, you should use the SCART then.







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maggie reavill
Saturday 7 April 2012 11:28PM

hi dave and jb
thanks very much for all your help. it is an analogue vcr so will do as you suggest and invest in new pvr.
thanks very much.

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jb38
Saturday 7 April 2012 11:55PM

maggie reavill: Yes, as these old VCR's as well as being very limited in what they can do are quite difficult for some people to set up for recording, unlike the device I provided the link for which is one of the easiest of all PVR's.

Should you purchase this particular model, if any further advice is required do not hesitate to ask.

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ANDY
Wednesday 10 October 2012 2:50PM

hi how can i get my freeview box to work my 42" MONTIOR DONT HAVE SCART SOCKET THANKS ANDY

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jb38
Wednesday 10 October 2012 11:33PM

ANDY: It would be of somewhat assistance to know what type (brand / model) of monitor you are referring to as well as the name of any connections you might see on the rear of the unit.

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george
Wednesday 19 December 2012 10:34AM

hi i have samsung led tv UE50ES6100 model .unfortunately with only 1 scart connection available...i have 2 satellites with scart connections what do you advise me to do in order to watch both of satellites whenever i wish to do so
tx

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Derek Smith
Saturday 22 December 2012 11:34PM Ebbw Vale

Hi,please could you help in getting my Samsung dvd hr725 (Which has an analogue tuner) to work with my t.v. and set top box.
Set top box is a Philips dtr 210-05--2 scart sockets and the t.v. is an Akura Portable, with inbuit Freeview, operated via a 240/12 volt power supply.
I DID get the tv,set top box to record onto a jvc vcr recorder, by moving the rf2 on the vcr, but I am unable to find any thing in my manual for doing this on the Samsung, although there is a passage in the manual re. connecting a set top box via the connectors on the front of the Samsung,
BUT this did not work anyway!
So, if possible, could you advise whether the Samsung CAN work & record with a Freeview set top box? And if so--HOW?!
I would be very gratefull.
Thanks for your time.
yours Derek

Dave Lindsay
Sunday 23 December 2012 12:17AM

Derek Smith: I think that you should feed your aerial in to your Philips receiver and then out and into your Akura TV (with in-built Freeview). There is no need to loop through the Samsung DVD because there are scart connections available.

I found the user manual for the Samsung here:

<img src="data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAABAAAAAQCAYAAAAf8/9hAAABBklEQVQ4y73TLUgEURQF4G8HiwaDbBCrsFo0bbIoAzaTiMEyCJZFDGI3CKJmo8XpRsU2IIjNpiAIywaTGEVEZNbywjDsMgMLXnhw7s87j3PvfY1+v28Ui4xoYwNZkyzCElrhkS7u8zT+Kdc2yhKiJGviFu1S7QuW8zR+r5JwULh8hNOA57FTR0KrgM/xjc3gj9cheMJ6wHfYzdN4dlgTB/VgAjdYKYSv0cnT+K1yjHkaf2EVe/gI4TU8R0nWriSIkqyFRTxgDpchNYnjOot0gcdw8jyNt9ELuZk6BN0C3o+SbAvTwe/VmcJZ0NzEYSH+iZPKKYQ+TGEDC/jFK67KWziU4F9/4x+y7UhFv7jopQAAAABJRU5ErkJggg==" class="xico" style="vertical-align:text-bottom" alt="www.samsung.com link icon" link iconSupport for DVD-HR725

The user manual for the Philips is here:

<img src="data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAABAAAAAQCAMAAAAoLQ9TAAAAV1BMVEUAAAC81vxUjvyUuvwUavzk7vxclvwkcvycwvxEhvyErvwMYvxkmvw0evykwvy80vysyvzE2vxMivyMtvwUZvzc6vxUkvwcbvycvvy00vxEgvx8qvwEWvx2P74VAAAAAXRSTlMAQObYZgAAALNJREFUGNNFyMFqhDAUQNH7XhKpCmoFyyzm/7+s0CJVHItTM88ms6jQszwCV/694+DXTcfm5zCFpVrxoGpaW2vmekCBJXQklrClv2jb8O33W/EWzyC8JilLNw3hDMawF77rR86YKnW3F5VhOqOP9T4AuQccNA8f71H0o0h+ReET0sXCeIEdBErpFLCtkfkHhSoLkL50nitwcNRLlQ+X9WGWULB8zBLTFo/WQABCk9cuyWrAE2pdTr43SUcIAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC" class="xico" style="vertical-align:text-bottom" alt="www.p4c.philips.com link icon" link iconDTR210/05 Digital Terrestrial Receiver - Philips Support

(The information found at those links may be useful to anyone helping on here.)


I think that you should connect a scart lead between the TV socket on the Philips and AV2 of the Samsung. Then connect another scart lead from AV1 of the Samsung and the TV.

The reason I say to use the TV output socket of the Philips is because it supports RGB and the VCR/DVD one does not.

With RGB the picture is sent along the scart cable using three wires (one for each of the colours - red, green and blue). If RGB isn't available, then you would probably use composite video (CVBS). This uses one wire to carry the picture and so because everything has to be combined down a single conductor and split up again at the other end, the picture isn't as good.

On the Philips go to the Configuration menu and set TV Out to "RGB".


If the TV supports RGB, then set the Samsung to output RGB, else leave it on CVBS (Component). This can be changed via the menu > Setup > Video > Video Output.

Dave Lindsay
Sunday 23 December 2012 10:26AM

Derek Smith: In last paragraph, I said "CVBS (Component)". These are in fact two different systems, but the Samsung allows two "Video Output" settings: Component and RGB

If RGB isn't supported, then leave it on Component. The point being to use RGB if it is supported.

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Alan Last
Monday 21 October 2013 10:46AM

How can I set up a portable t v with no scart scocket only the old type aerial input.

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MikeB
Monday 21 October 2013 11:24AM

Alan Last: if your connecting it to a freeview box, the boxes instructions should tell you how to do it - most have rf in/rf out for just this problem. You should put the aerial lead from the wall socket to the rf in socket on the back of the box, and then another aerial lead from the second (out) socket to the normal aerial socket on the back of the tv.

This does sound like a very old TV, and I would be wary of spending too much money on making it digital-£20 is reasonable, but since a brand new wfi smart Samsung 22 is only £219, you pays your money.....

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