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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.
Your comments are always welcome. Please use the form below to add your thoughts or questions to this page. We will get back to you as soon as we can.
Lynda Friday 26 November 2010 2:50PM
Can you help me pls. I have a new DVD/FV/REC
I have gone by the book and connected it with the scart leads etc, but its the aerial that is causing me problems. The main TV aerial is from the wall point to the TV and one from the sky dish to skybox. I can't tune F/V as I think the aerial connection is wrong. Pls advise I'm confused:-)
How do I connect my Amsrad A2P0802 Sky+box to a Digital TV aerial and an output to my house ring main to other room socket. If I connect the aerial to get DTV and Sky on my main TV I do not get sky (or DTV) on any of my other TVs. It used to work but we moved the main TV and I cannot get it back! Having no manual/user guide for the Sky+ box does not help! Main TV is a Panasonic LE37656.
Hope you can help!
I am in france and do not have a television or satalite. We have some guests coming out for christmas and are horrified that we have not tv. If we buy a tv monitor will they be able to play dvd's on it without us having to pay to receive television chanels?. Also what cables would we need. Thank you for your help
Hi, I have a portable tv with only one scart socket, in that socket i have a dvd player plugged in. I want to buy a freeviewbox but want to know if there is anyway of connecting both the dvd player and the freeview box to the tv. Is there some kind of double scart extension or if i plugged the freeview box in (which I have not bought yet) can I then plug the dvd player into the freeview box somehow?
As you can gather im not very technical lol
I have sky+hd box, Im awaiting delivery of a new 42" Panasonic plasma tv. when connecting do I just go sky box to tv with a hdmi cable? at present its sky box to TV with a hdmi and also scart connections, is this neccassary? It was fitted up like this by sky engineer a while ago. my son says it shouldnt be that way.
You may have guessed Im a complete novice here.
thanks for reading.
Lutonfan, thanks, never want to admit the kids know more than us,but in this case,he does.lol
Why would the sky guy have connected both hdmi and scart to existing telly,? it isnt that old, 3 years-32" Sony Bravia.
Dave- Honestly I have no idea. From my experience, the scart lead is connected to an external recording device, to enable the user to transfer recordings from the SkyHD-box to a DVD recorder, for example. This however, would only transfer a SD signal.
I can only speculate that the Sky installer connected the scart lead, thinking he had no spare HDMI leads, found one and then connected it but did not disconnect the scart lead.
Thanks for your quick reply, sorry I only just found it! My house has a built in circuit giving a tv socket in the kitchen, two in the living room and one in the master bedroom. It all worked fine until we disconnected the main tv to move it. Before then I could get Digital and Sky+ on the main tv but only Sky+ on the other tvs - i am happy with that. Now I am trying to reconnect to get the same but I can only get sky+ on all tvs OR (by a different conection method to the sky+ box) digital and sky+ on the main tv and a very poor picture of sky+ on the other tvs. Hope you can understand all this!!
With no tv/arial technical knowledge have purchased an LG42" plasma for sons bedroom. use will be mainly PS3/DVD playback, with some occassional Freeview use. We are well positioned at top of high ground with clear lign of site to yv mast, only some 6-7miles away. Rather than drill through ceiling into loft, would a table tob boster arial suffice, fi sow any racomendations?
Hi, can I connect a skybox to a tv without using a scart lead? Just moved house and the tv in the bedroom will be wall mounted with power and uhf lead coming through ceiling from the loft (already in place as left by previous owner) but sky box will have to be about 5m away and also can't get scart lead through the small hole in the ceiling. Can I connect just using the uhf lead?
I've just bought a Samsung Plasma Tv which is saying 'weak or low signal' it is conneted to my skybox but still it doesn't get a signal. It is connected from sky box to tv with a scart lead and the ariel is connected straight from outside which was done by the sky installer! It all worked fine on my old tv, can you please tell me what is wrong?
Just bought a LG BD550 Blue-ray DVD player, also have Sky HD box and a Bush HD Ready TV. The Sky box works great with the TV but I cannot work out how to connect the LG player to it all. Sounds thick well I guess I must be. Can you help please?
GinnyS- I assume you have VirginSD. Connect one scart lead from the DVD output socket into the VCR socket of the Virgin box. Use a second scart lead from the TV socket of the Virgin box and connect the other end to the TV. (You may need to put the Virgin box into standby in order to watch the DVD).
Can you help?
I currently have:
TV - HDMI to SkyHD and to BluRay player.
I am looking to buy a DVD HDD Recorder as sky has limited space and can not transfer HD recordings onto a disc.
As the Sky HD only has x1 HDMI, how do I set up the DVD Recorder to enable recordings of Sky programmes as well as TV programmes?
I have a spare HDMI socket on my TV.
Bluray has surround sound, I suspect I will not be able to use that with the DVD Recorder.
Welsh Stu Tuesday 14 December 2010 3:47AM Faversham
I have a Sony Bravia with intergrated Freesat, plus a Sky HD box all set up.
My technical problem however is that when I set up my Freesat channels they are very limited. Is there any way of receiving a full compliment of Freesat channels whilst retaining my Sky HD connection?
I have a tv with built in freeview, VCR and DVD player c/w surround sound. I'm not too bad technically but cannot get the videos to play with surround sound as the tv has only one scart socket. I've got a splitter but it always overrides to the DVD player instead of the VCR. Both DVD and VCR work ok on the tv individually. Any simple solution.
Std VCR - only 1 scart connection on DVD
Just a comment on the "Connecting it all up" where it says always use a DVI rather than a VGA, given the option.
You can get a problem viewing a TV picture from a computer via a DVI cable.
When you use a TV as a PC monitor, you do not use any lines for sync and teletext etc. as is the case with normal TV pictures.
When connecting some PCs via an HDMI cable the TV wrongly assumes it's receiving a normal TV picture. The result is you lose the bottom part of the PC display as the TV doesn't display what it believes to be the teletext lines etc. Unfortunately, as these lines carry the Start button and the taskbar it can be very awkward if these are not visible.
The Sony Bravia, as an example, via its DVI input, drops the bottom of the picture and to get round this you can set the PC resolution to a non-standard setting to fool the TV. This not ideal.
However, if you use the VGA input the TV expects a PC to be at the other end of the cable and you can get a perfect 1920x1200 picture including of course the taskbar and the Start button.
I don't think this is a universal difficulty though, as my Toshiba laptop drives our Sony Bravia through its DVI connection without loss of the bottom of the picture. Oddly a Sony laptop suffered loss of the bottom part of the desktop.
The variation in performance may be explained in the way the DVI protocols are set up in the TV and the PC.