As stereo sound, RGB picture and widescreen signal is the best possible combination for digital television viewing, it is vital to use a SCART lead between any set-top box and the main television.
The composite video picture with stereo sound is the best combination for a VHS video recorder. If your set-top box has two SCART sockets, it is likely that the one marked TV will carry RGB picture information and the other will not.
If your television has more than one SCART input, you may need to choose a special one (marked RGB) if you want to use RGB from the SCART cable.
On most set-top boxes it is possible to turn the RGB output on and off. This can be used to test the RGB input function on the television ? the picture quality appears blurred when it is disabled.
If have a DVD player, rather than a VHS recorder, you can attach this to the set-top boxes second SCART connector. The signal from the set-top box will normally be overridden by the DVD player when it is on, usually in high-quality RGB.
Some very cheap SCART cables do not have all the pins connected. They may not provide RGB and widescreen picture signals. SCART cables are normally no more than three metres in length.
The UHF lead is a lead that you would traditionally associate with television signals. They can carry:
up to 45 (but normally only five) analogue television channels
You can't avoid these cables if you are going to use Freeview, as these cables are the only ones that you can use to distribute Freeview signals around the house.
Where you have an integrated digital television (an idTV) you just need to get the signal from the aerial to the television with one of these cables.
If you are using a Freeview set-top box, you will need to get the signal from the aerial to the set-top box using this aerial lead, but for best results connect the TV to the box with a SCART cable.
You can also use a UHF lead to connect a set-top box to a television somewhere in the house. Your set-top box will require a RF (radio frequency) modulator. Note that "RF passthough" is another way of saying there is no modulator. You will be able to "tune" the second television into the picture showing on the set-top box.
Some boxes (all Sky boxes) have the ability to connect a remote control receiver to the second TV end of the interconnecting cable, so you can change channels.
The set-top boxes, whilst providing a reasonable quality picture to the second TV, will always provide only mono sound via a UHF lead.
The step-change in picture quality obtained by switching to RGB on a SCART is far greater than any obtained though spending any more on a gold-plated SCART cable.
Satellite or cable TV cable
These cables are usually very stiff, and have a very basic screw connector on the end. Usually they will provide an unbroken link to the satellitedish. At the dish end they plug into the device on the end of the arm, the LNB.
Don't try to disconnect these cables when the set-top box is on. Usually there is a small voltage that will cause dangerous sparks.
If the cable connects to a satellite dish, there is not much you can do with the cable. Each receiver in the set-top box needs it's own wire to the LNB. With a personal video recorder (such as Sky+), or a multi-room installations there are two cables to the four-output LNB on the dish. If you want more rooms, each will require it's own cable.
If the cable is providing cable TV, then it is possible to use inexpensive "Y connectors" to link the incoming signal to various set-top boxes, cable modems, or - via an adaptor - directly to the back of a TV.
Composite video cable
This is the most simple and basic video connection you can get. It carries:
a single picture from a set-top box
The picture will be in colour, and of comparable quality to a analogue broadcast station. However, there is no sound. For that reason this cable is often found joined to a stereo audio cable.
These signals are quite robust and can be carried for many metres. Often modern television sets have a single yellow photo input on their front input panel.
You also use an identical cable to carry digital stereo (SPDIF) sound.
Stereo audio cable
These cables carry the left and right channels of sound on two joined cables. They are usually required when a SCART cable is not being used, as the SCART cable already carries stereo sound.
If you are connecting your set-top box to an external stereo system, a separate stereo audio is used.
There is no real practicable limit to the length of these cables, but excessive length will degrade the quality of the signal.
The S-video standard is not well supported by most UK digital TV boxes, and very few have a S-video socket. If you need one for a particular analogue camcorder, use it, but avoid S-video with digital television. If you are using what appears to be a monochrome picture from a SCART lead, it will certainly by an incomplete S-Video signal and you should change to the RGB input.
This is the cable you will use to connect a computer to a old style monitor, and some modern LCD screen too. Most modern LCD TVs will have a VGA input too.
If you want to connect a set-top box to a LCD monitor, you can buy a conversion box from around 60. However this will not result in a better picture than using an existing SCART socket if there is one.
The only way to get higher than normal television resolution is to use a VGA in conjunction with a personal computer or modern games console.
If you want to get the very best out of a television or monitor use a digital video interconnect (DVI) cable.
This will be the only way for most televisions and monitors to receive high-definition pictures from a computer, and some set-top boxes.
If you can use either a VGA cable or a DVI cable, choose the DVI option.
If you want to get the very best out of a television use a HDMI cable.
This will be the only way for most televisions to receive high-definition pictures from set-top boxes.
i want to move my room around so i have brought sky extenshion cable and connectors so how do i add the extenshion lead to the sky lead and box with out cutting the cable i need to no how to do this please help many thanks p.s im not thick but i just dont want to mess up the cables and my sky viewing thanks
Hi. I have a dell computer monitor with S-Video, DVI, VGA and composite inputs. It's resolution is 1920 x 1200. Am I able to connect a Freeviewbox directly to the monitor without having to use my PC? If so, will the pic quality be crummy because of the high res of the monitor?
You can use s-video and composite inputs from a Freeviewbox. The picture won't be the best possible (the R-G-B is the best, but incompatible with the VGA's R-G-B+Sync) but it will be better than "crummy".
I have recently bought a second tv which has freeview already integrated I have sky on my original tv and have connected the new tv from RF2 output on Sky box . When using auto tune it does not pick up the Sky channels (except those within the Freeview package) .Is it possible to manually tune Sky via the RF2 cable ?
The RF2 output is ANALOGUE so you will need to manually tune your integrated TV in analogue mode to pick up the signal from the Sky Digibox. You will only find the Freeview channels if you do a digital-only scan. You can find the channel number by pressing [SERVICES] then [SETTINGS] then [PICTURE SETTINGS] to find/set the channel number that the RF2 output uses.
Hi Briantist. Thanks for your reply about my dell monitor. I've noticed it has a component (Y Pb Pr) input. Is this the same as RGB and therefore the best one to use? If so, presumably I need a cable that goes from scart to this (I'm assuming freeview boxes don't have a component output). Nick
RGB is red-green-blue, component input is hue-saturation-lightness, which is a related but competely different. Most Freeview boxes do have a component output, but it's either going to be on a single composite signal (on SCART pin 19, ground on 17) or SVideo (SCART: Luminance (Y) pin 20, Chrominance (C) pin 15, ground pin 17).
Another useful connector (example again here from Maplin Electronics) is a DVI to HDMI adaptor, so if you have a HIGH DEFINITION TV with DVI input and want to use it with a set-top box with a HDMI connector, here it is:
I have recently bought a freeviewbox (tv scart outputs) but am having trouble connecting to my TV which does not have a scart but does have a several AV inputs, one of which is an s video. I purchased a scart with an s video cable on one end to plug into my tv but this still doesnt work ..... any suggestions ?
Hi there..I am very puzzled, I have SkyHD in the Lounge and - via RF2 cables into the loft and then back down to the kitchen - I have the option of watching my sky tv via a TV Link. All of this seems to be working fine. However I also have a TV Link on my small portable TV in the bedroom and all I see here is a blue screen. The small TV is also hooked up to the 'via loft' leads. I do know that the RF2 output channel was recently changed to try and improve the quality of the sky channels. Would this have effected the signal in the bedroom? Any help / advice would be appreciated
Gideon: you have to 'tune into' the appropriate RF channel on the set to watch the signal from the Skybox. A blue screen is probably just your TV set saying that there is no signal on the channel you are tuned to, so either you need to retune or the cable has become disconnected.
Hi, i was wondering if the kworld dvbt 730 "upscales" the input images, ie if i conect my dvd to sky, then out to my dvd recorder then into the kworld dvbt 730.if i then use xga to my lcd tv, will this produce a better image?
i am currently conected via video senders (digisend x2) which produces an OK picture but does not compare to scart.
I've tried to look for reviews and additional info but cannot find any!!!
Please advise me on whats wrong
I have a sony 32" digital tv
Telewest cable tv with sky movies
a wharfedale dvdrhd400 recorder
I have messed up connections
i can record from tv (channels 1 to 5 )to dvd
but not from cable to dvd
any help would be appreciated
Hi, I've move my living room around but the RF cable which is linked to the TV link upstairs isn't long enough for the Sky+box to be moved next to the TV. I have extension kits for the coax cables from the dish, and also for the aerial, but the connection on the RF cable is different. How can I extend this cable?
Yes, they are different and you must take care not to mix them up! The satellitecable carries power to the dish's LNB, and the cable is a higher grade. You need to extend BOTH cables from the dish's LNB to your Sky+box using the kit you have. Then when you move the Sky+ box to the new location, you can use the RF cable your have to pass a copy of it back to the lounge (signal goes in the opposite direction).
andrew: you need to attach the DVD recorder to the SCART connection on the Cable TV box - the one marked VCR, the other SCART on the cable TV box is marked TV and connects to your TV. You can then record using the 'Video' input on your DVD player.
Hi, I have recently replaced my dead digibox with the latest Amstrad DRX 550 Sky Digibox A class replacement. I run a 2nd TV in another room via a magic eye direct from the RF2 with power on so to change programs without running into the 1st room etc. Everything on the 1st TV connected as the main is fine. However, although I can view normal 1-5 channels on the 2nd TV perfect and change programs via the magic eye setup on sky. The picture received on the sky (56) is very snowy. Both TVs have been retuned, all set to (56) including the digibox, power to the magic eye is ok, everything works the way it should, all connections are good, yet on the 2nd TV only the sky channel is snowy, non sky are perfect. I spent hours on the phone to sky with no luck and no result. Before my previous version digibox died the same setup worked great. This is the 2nd Amstrad DRX 550 Sky Digibox Ive fitted as when I fitted the 1st I had the same problem and returned it faulty and had it exchange. Any ideals as I'm going crazy?????
I want to connect a Sky+box to my TVcard that I have installed in my PC. I just want to know if this is possible using the RF connection from the back of my Sky+ box to the RF in connection on my PC card.
Will I be able to view all Sky Channels like I would on a normal TV?
Jon: yes, this will usually work. However, you may have problems with some content as it has a video-copy protection system (like Videoguard) on some premoum content. You can set the RF channel that the Sky+box uses on RF2 (or RF1) from the Services/Settings/Picture menu.
U have recently got a tv with integrated freeview. My VCR is connected to tv with a scart lead. How can I watch recorded programs ie channels 1-5 (not freeview channels), I can only watch them if I record them on the AV channel but cannot switch to watch another channel in the meantime. Hope I am making myself clear.
With my old tv I used to watch channel 1-5 progams by using channel 0.
Hi one & all ...
am contemplating buying an HD ready TV which comes with a built-in freeview facility ... given that we have a relatively recent DVD recorder from the same manufacturer which we'd like to continue to use, i contacted the TV manufacturer who said, yes, your DVD will work fine with the new TV, but if you wish to be able to watch one digital channel and record another you'll need a second digital tuner ... this we have in the shape of a separate digibox.
Could some kind soul tell me how to connect up this set up (with detail as to cable type to be used if poss!).
The DVD + digibox both have 2 Scart terminals and the TV input/output as follows:
Composite Video Input AV4, RCA phono type x 1 (front)
S-Video Input AV4, Mini DIN 4 pin
Audio Input (for video) AV4, RCA phono type connectors (L, R) (1 set, front)
Component Video Input RCA phono type x 3 (Y , PB, PR) rear
Audio Input (for component video) RCA phono type connectors (L, R) (1 set, rear)
21-pin Input/Output AV1: AV In/Out, RGB In (rear), AV2: AV In/Out, S-Video In, Q-Link (rear), AV3: AV In/Out, S-Video/RGB In, Q-Link (rear)
Audio Output RCA phono type connectors (L, R) (1 set, rear), Headphone jack (1, front)
Thelma: your TV should automatically switch to the AV input when you press PLAY on your VCR, but if not it will be the AV channel (usually a rounded rectangle symbol on the remote control). You can only watch analogue from your VCR (not sure why you would want to do this) if your aerial is looped though the VCR first. If you want to watch a channel wilst recording, you might be happier with a personal video recorder (PVR).
Thanks for reply. I probably was not clear enough.
My integrated freeview tv is now connected to my VCR with the aerial to the VCR and a co-axial lead from the aerial socket of the tv to the VCR. There is also a scart lead from VCR to AV1 channel of TV,
I can record analogue channels in the usual way ie choosing channel 1 etc and watch them back using AV channel on the TV.
If I record free view channels using AV on VCR I cannot watch them back even when switching to AV channel on TV. I just get a no signal response.
Thelma: OK, there are two probable explanations. Either your Freeview TV does not output the received channel onto the SCART connection. If this is the case, you may have to use your TV menu options to enable this. The second option is that you need to use the correct AV input channel on your VCR to get it to record from the SCART connection.
I have only one AV channel on my VCR. If I use only the scart lead from VCR to TV and just have the TV aerial as normal into the TV without the co-axial lead I can record freeview channels using AV channel on VCR and then watch them back choosing AV channel on TV.
Doing this I cannot watch any other channels either freeview or analogue because this just records whatever the tv is tuned to. Also if I try to record an analogue channel in the normal way I cannot watch it afterwards either.
Thelma Richardson: you must loop the RF cable (from the TV aerial) into the VCR and then link the RF out from the VCR to the TV. *OR* you can use a signal splitter (either a passive Y-connector or an active powered splitter-amplifier) to deliver the RF to both the TV and the VCR. If you do this you *CAN* record an analogue program onto the VCR whilst watching something else on the TV, but NOT the other way around. However, if you want to watch any Freeview program whilst watching another (or record TWO Freeview programs whilst watching a recording), you can get Freeview PVRs from as little as &poound;99, for example: Twin Tuner Freeview with 80Gb HDD
I've just purchased a new LCD TV with built in Freeview and a new DVD hard disk recorder. The TV is now set up with all the digital channels I'm after. When setting up the DVD recorder it seems to have only scanned in the five terrestrial channels. Why is it not picking up the digitalsignal? have I got the DVD recorder plumbed in wrongly? I've got the aerial going to the recorder and then to the TV. It is also connected to the TV with a scart. Please help.
I have just bought a nice new flat tv and have moved it to the centre of the lounge. i want to move my sky+box next to the tv but the split cable from the dish to the sky+ box (dish input 1 & dish input 2 cable) isnt long enough, what do i need to but in order to extend the leads? and will it change the picturequality?
Hi there, i have a sky+box setup in one room and a plasma TV in a different room, i am currently using a wireless video sender to receive the signal from the sky+ box (using SCART) but however i get alot of interference/flcikering on the plasma screen wherever i put the wireless sender. This connection seems very sensitive as if someone was to walk past the plasma TV it would start to flicker! I wanted know any other ways of connecting the sky+ box to my plasma TV (which are in seperate rooms). Would using the RF Out connection on the sky+ box be an option? If it could be, could you please explain how and where to connect it? Or any toher ways in which to connect it? Thanks
I have a malfunctioning Digifusion Fvrt150 PVR which I have to return under guarantee. Before I do so I would like to copy the programmes stored on its Hard Disk. I have tried previously to copy onto a JVC DR-M10SEK DVR Recorder, but without success. In any case that too is not working properly at the moment! Is there any way in which I can transfer material to my Dell Desktop, which does not have a Scart socket? I presume that it should in any case be easier to edit the material on that??
James Tupper: there are TWO satellite-grade coaxial cables that connect to the Sky+box to the LNBs on the dish. If you wish to extend them you must use satellite grade cable with the appropriate connectors. Unless you have a very weak signal from the dish already, there should be no problems doing this. However, make sure the POWER IS OFF before you connect or disconnect these cables. You will either receive a perfect picture as before or a "no signal received" message.
Harps: you can use the RF output to drive the second room (RF can be driven a long way), or use the composite video+stereo pair output (if the second room is less than 20 meters away). You may also be able to position your video sender/receiver with better line-of-sight to improve the reliability, even if it means buying a long SCARTcable.
Michael Sumner: The only way to transfer the programs to a PC is to install a video capture card on your PC and to use either the composite video+stero output (on the SCARTcable) or (for worse quality) a RF connection, and it will all have to be done in realtime.
Thank you Briantist. Would you recommend any particular card (and software?). I am disappointed about real time. If that is the case, it might be simplest to wait until the DVD recorder is changed, and to try again to use that. But how would the quality of recording compare??
I have a Skybox with 2 Scart connections, a DVD recorder with 2 Scart connections and a TV with 1 connection. I do not have a TV aerial however. I have linked the Sky box to the TV and DVR Recorder by Scart, have an aerial connection from the Sky box to the DVD Recorder and another to the TV. However, I get a picture if looking at Sky via the DVD Recorder but no sound (probably because of the lack of TV aerial). How do I get sound via the DVD Recorder to be able to record?
Davidm: You don't need an aerial at all. Use only two SCART cables. Connect one from the TV (using the first SCART socket that is marked RGB) and connect it to the SCART connector on the Sky Digibox marked TV. Use the second SCART to connect the DVD recorder to the Sky Digibox, using the SCART socket marked VCR on the Sky Digibox.
Now, you can watch and record from the Sky Digibox. You can view the DVD recorders output either by pressing Play on the DVD burner or by putting the Sky Digibox into standby.
Talion78: the best inputs you can use are, in decending order of quality: HDMI, DVI, VGA, RGB (via SCART), SVideo, Composite Video, RF. All SCART (RGB) connections allow 'passthrough', so you are better advised to SCART from the DVD player (using RGB) from the DVD player to the SCART marked 'VCR' on the Sky Digibox. When you press Play on the DVD player, the Digibox will pass-through the RGB signal from the digibox to the TV.