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.
Can you please help?
I'm about to but a Panasonic TXL32E 30B lcd TV and want to run it from an Amstrad Sky Plus box (Std Def). What is the best way to connect them, should i use Scart or S Video? - or should i throw away the box and change to Sky HD?
i have a sky digitalbox which i have moved to another room, i have a line connection ok but keep getting an error message saying i am not getting a signal, i have checked the connections and everything looks fine??
TV with 2xHDMI, AV1 and AV2 Scarts
Cable V+HD Box with 1xHDMI, VCR and TV Scarts
DVD Recorder with 1xHDMI, Line 1(Decoder) and Line 3(TV) Scarts.
Can somebody please help me to connect this lot up, so that I can make full use of all of the possibilities..........I really don't have a clue and the Rugby World Cup is about to start!!!
since our digital switchover all videos and dvd's will only play in black & white on the tv with freeview built in (panasonic) - how can see them in colour? the other older tv with built in video and now digibox plays the videos in colour the same as it did before.What do we need to on the panasonic to put it right.
Hello - On our main tv we have virgin cable.
However, we would like Digital/Freeview in another downstairs room but as we do not have an outdoor aerial at the moment this is not possible.
Is it difficult to put in your own aerial?
We are in the Bromley area and can see one of the Crystal Palace masts.
Help would be much appreciated.
I have a Foxsat HDR which has unfortunately gone wrong (under warrantee) and is being exchanged but I have got things which I have recorded on it that I want to keep.
I have also got a LG Freeview + DVD Recorder with HDD.
Is it possible to copy the things on the Foxsat onto DVD’s (which I would prefer) using the LG or if not onto DVD’s then the LG Hard Drive?
If so, please can you tell me how to connect them all up to do it as I know nothing about these things and don’t want to blow anything up?
hi im having a bit off trouble geting my skyhd and xbox 360 to play through my hifi. the hifi only has the red and white audio socket, my tv has 3 hdmi sockets.
i can get the sky to play through the hifi by runing hdmi to tv and a red and white directly to the hifi. if you could help how i could get the xbox 360 to run through the hifi would be great, oh the xbox is hdmi as well..thanks
mark: Could you please clarify on a point. When you say that you run an HDMI to the TV and a red and white directly to the Hi-Fi, where are you getting the red and white from?
Is it one of the older SkyHD boxes that had analogueoutput sockets?
It would also be of assistance to know the Brand / model of TV that you are referring to.
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If you can use your foxsat to play back then you could connect it to the scart input of the DVD recorder - you would then have to select that scart input using the remote so if it says L1 or AV1 then make sure this is displayed on the front of your recorder
Press play on the foxsat
Record on the LG and you can record to dvd
Hi I have bought a used lg 47LV550T led tv but it has no scart socket on it! I want to connect my old tompson freeview pvr ( scart) to it.
Could you tell me the best way to connect and what the lead is called please ? !!
Thanks in advance!,
my sky has 1 scart, i hdmi and red white and yellow socket on the back witch are outputs. so i just have the hdmi running to tv from sky and use the red and white for audio to the hifi, my tv is a fohen and hirsch witch is not a very popular make but not a bad lcd tv. there seems to be no audio output on the tv and i have checked the instructions
sorry its a foehn and hirsch FH-37LMH hers what connections i have on the back
1. POWER CORD SOCKET
2. HDMI/DVI 1
3. HDMI/DVI 2
4. HDMI/DVI 3
5. VGA/RGB(PC) IN
6. S-video 7. SCART 1
8. SCART 2
9. COMPONENT VIDEO Y IN
10. CVBS IN
11. L: LEFT TRACK AUDIO INPUT (CVBS / S-VIDEO)
12. R: RIGHT TRACK AUDIO INPUT (CVBS / S-VIDEO)
13. ANTENNA IN
14. SERVICE ONLY
16. AUDIO IN (VGA/RGB/DVI)
17. COMPONENT VIDEO Pb IN
18. COMPONENT VIDEO Pr IN
19. COMPONENT AUDIO LEFT IN
20. COMPONENT AUDIO RIGHT IN
amp dosnt have spdf m8,what ive actually managed to do to get the xbox to work on the hifi is use these XBOX 360 HDMI AV CABLE+OPTICAL RCA ADAPTER: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics but there is only 1 off each red and white plugs on the hifi so im not able to plug the sky 1 in at the same time and its a right kurfuffel getting to the back and changing them all the time. does any1 know if i can get a 2 in to 1 for the red and white audio cables, or anything else i could do. dont really want to start splitting and joining cables. i cant belive a £350 tv dosnt have an audio out and my £30 rubbish tv does.
I have a freeview set top box connected to my tv and VCR via scart leads and aerial leads as per the instructions. However, I can't get a good signal on the VCR when I record and it is in black & white. Do I have to retune it or anything? It is an old VCR.
mark: These type of leads are generally available from places like "Pound shops", so if it doesn't work then you aren't really losing much.
I couldn't find the exact manual for your set, but I did manage to have a look at the one for the "G" model, however as was half expected it didn't give any details on the scart socket facilities as far as whether they were purely input, or input / output sockets, this facility being essential for the type of lead you are looking for to work.
Mary Beecham: To be honest, you should probably ditch the VCR and get a Freeview+ box instead. They are much easier to use than a VCR. Your VCR is not designed to work "after switchover" as it has no digital tuner.
Hi, do you know where I can get a scart to 'mini scart' lead
I have a new bush LEd tv which I need to connect to my skybox.
The sky box has the original scart socket, but the new TV has what it calls a 'mini scart socket. (I think these are also called Samsung mini scart jacks)
I can find absolutely no where who supply such a thing. So have a new Tv that is unusable
Ihave just installed a new tv fully HD.working fine excellent reception.
However my digital DVD recorder (Panasonic as the new tv) with built in freeview has lost the previous digital channels installed into the menu, and however I try to re install through ihe installing proceedure all I get ia message " analogue not available" until I sort this out I can,t record and watch another programe.Can you advise please
Hi, decided to move my skybox from my livingroom to my bedroom as I now have virgin in the livingroom. Just looking for some help on setting this up. I have a coax cable to run from my aerial through to the bedroom which goes into the back of the sky box, I also have the main plug, hdmi cable and a scart lead. is that all I need to set it up?
Claire Evren: For satellite TV, you need a cable running from the dish to the box. This is the screw-on connection typically labelled LNB1 on a satellite receiver. If you only have an aerial lead, which pushes in (typically labelled RF1), you would need to get a cable run from the dish to your bedroom.
You can connect to the TV with EITHER HDMI or SCART, you don't need both (and this will often result in getting SD pictures on HD channels). If the TV has HDMI, use that.
i have a labgear ampified aerial fitted in my loft,its about 2 years old ,the green light is on when plugged into the mains but we have no signal on my digital tv,s.is it the amp or aerial i have to replace.?
darrell: Its extremely unusual (although not impossible!)for an aerial amplifier of the type you mention to go faulty, are you positive that the problem is not connected with your TV?
If the green light is on then that indicates that the DC side of the unit is working, that is if its the type that indicates red if a short occurs anywhere in the co-ax line.
I would normally say that you should try connecting the downlead straight into the TV, and likewise by-passing the amp in the loft, but I suspect that the downlead (and amp) might be terminated in "F" type plugs, this making this a bit difficult for you without "F" to co-ax adaptors.
What you could do though is to ask someone to observe the green light whilst you go into the loft and quickly temporarily short the co-ax plug on the downlead, if the green light turns red then its the amplifier at fault. By the way you will not harm the power unit by doing that, although a test meter would obviously have been preferential to check this.
(Its not an amplified log you are referring to is it?)
Hi, i've got a sky HD box in my living room with a HD ready tv. want to connect this to my small portable digital tv in the kitchen. do i have to pay sky money for this or can i use a cable to connect? and if so what type of cable / connection would i use? I'm already paying a small fortune to sky as it is and would really grudge giving them any more money. thanking you in advance for any help, would really appreciate. Just came across your site during a web search and impressed with the advice you've given.
Carla: No additional payment required. Use a coax cable to connect from the Skybox rear panel RF2 socket to the kitchen portable.
You'll need to set the kitchen portable to "analogue" (if you're in a pre-switchover area, use a button number above everything else, such as 6) and you'll have to tune the kitchen TV to the same RF channel as the Sky box (default is UHF 68).
You'll only get the same Sky channel as the living room (only one Sky box).
If you're feeling adventurous, you could add a remote eye to be able to change the Sky channel from the kitchen (you'll need to access the installer menu on the Sky box and enable the 9V power for the RF2 socket though).