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What connections are used from set top box to TV (such as SCART) ?

What connections are used from set top box to TV (such as SCART) ?

What connections are used from set top box to TV (such as SCART
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You can use the following ways to connect a set-top box to a TV:

1. SCART on STB to SCART on TV. This provides the best possible connection, with stereo sound and "RGB" highest quality connection;

2. SCART on STB to composite on TV. Older TVs without SCART connections usually have "composite" inputs, usually three "phono" sockets (often red, white and yellow). This offers stereo sound and good picture quality. You will need a special cable from a high-street retailer.

3. UHF ("aerial lead") box to TV. This requires that the STB you choose (all Sky, MOST Freeview) has a UHF output. You will need to "tune" the TV into the box, and you will get OK pictures and only mono sound.

If you are stuck with mono or poor quality sound on the TV, you can still use the SCART output (and the same cable as 2) to a separate amplifier to listen in stereo.

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Thursday, 24 April 2014

9:16 PM

david: Although what you have said re: "stopped working" would appear as being self explanatory, but purely out of curiosity can it be assumed that this also includes the "reception" of programme channels?

The only reason for asking being, that although its not exactly unheard of for the hard drive fail after a period of prolonged use, it is however extremely unusual for the receiver in a 9300 to fail and which is inclined to point to failure of a component in the power supply.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
10:57 AM

I have an Icecrypt T5000 digital box which plugs into the aerial socket and worked well with my old TV which had no scarts. I now have a Panasonic Quintrix SR Acuity TX-32PD30 and it doesn't work when I plug the box into the aerial socket. I have been advised to try to connect with a scart lead, but which scart on the TV do I plug it into? I am not technically minded so any help to a dumbo would be much appreciated!

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Maggie's 2 posts GB

7:16 PM

Maggie: I assume your previous TV was really old, and you had to use the aerial connection. OK - your current TV (which is 12 years old?) does have scarts, so life is easier. In fact all this stuff should be in the Icecrypt manual.

Your Icecrypt is already attached to your aerial socket, so just get a scart lead and put one end in the scart connector labeled 'TV' on the back of the Icecrypt…tml, and the other in the first scart socket of the Panasonic. If you have a recorder/dvd player, connect that via scart cable to the next socket, and so on. You apparently have 4, so you can attach a fair number of things. If you do need to get some more scart cables, Poundland seems to have some reasonably high quality Belkin ones for a pound (scart is now on the way out).

You simply select the box by using the AV button on the Panasonic remote. When you do replace this TV, a modern one will have Freeview HD included, so the box will no longer be needed.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
Thursday, 19 June 2014
11:20 AM

Many thanks to those that replied to my post. I have now got the TV working using a scart to scart plugged into the AV1 scart on the TV. Now have great picture! Thought I was going to have to buy a new box but the Icecrypt T5000 is working OK. Forgive my lack of technical expertise!

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Maggie's 2 posts GB
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
John Taylor
11:08 AM

I have a Humix free view recorder connected to my satellite dish. What connexion a do I make between my recorder and my LG smart tv to enable me to record on my tv? (There is already a scart lead between the two) Many thanks in anticipation!

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John Taylor's 1 post GB

8:14 PM

John Taylor: Are you sure its a freeview recorder? Because if it is, it simply would not work with the dish. Assuming its actually a Freesat model, the answer is still no. The PVR records to the PVR. The scart connection allows you to show it on the TV.

Now if your TV is attached to an aerial, you could (depending on the model), record to a flash drive plugged into one of the usb ports on the TV - thats fairly standard. And since you've an LG, which for the past two years has included an generic sat. tuner on the back of most of their models (although they dont mention it), there should be the possiblity of using that tuner to record as well. Of course you will need a spare LNB on your dish.

Frankly, I'd just use the PVR - the tuner in the TV cannot be used for anything else while recording, so let the PVR do the hard work.

As for using a scart - why? Almost certainly the PVR has an hdmi connection. They TV should have three. Your missing out on HD, upscaling, and just a more unreliable connection.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
Thursday, 27 November 2014
7:15 AM

i have purchased a samsung td310 to use with indoor arial can you tell me how to set up and what products are needed thanks alex.

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alex's 1 post GB
Sunday, 30 November 2014
11:24 PM

Having moved house, after some months here now wish to use Sony DVD Recorder HXD870 to download some previously recorded program's on Sky + box as well as record more and also DVDs. I am obviously doing something wrong in connecting again - all worked before.
Scart from Sky box to DVD;
scart from Sony Bravia TV to DVD;
and HDMI from Sky Box to TV.
I do have a spare HDMI that could connect from DVD to TV but think not used? However I can play and see DVDS on the recorder but, when switching to HDD, will not play any Recorded material from Sky. I just get blaCk and white starry background with two horizontal lines on screen? Any thoughts? Is it anything to do with Line 1 or Line 3 when I look at Initial set-up on DVD menu? Thankyou

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Richard's 1 post GB
Sunday, 15 February 2015
Gerry Chis
10:53 PM

I have an ancient Samsung CRT TV, an equally ancient DVD player, and ancient SKY box! Not paying Sky subscription thus limited to few BBC and ITV. When bored with selection of channels on sky box then I would switch to DVD. This became prone to stop playing and freezing frequently so bought a NEW DVD player in supermarket for less than £20. It works perfectly on TV but not through sky box! The old DVD player worked ok in this setup and I cant figure the problem if I use the same configuration with the NEW player!

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Gerry Chis's 1 post GB
Monday, 16 February 2015

3:46 PM

Gerry Chis: Ok, so your using the Sky box as a digibox, and you'd daisy-chained a DVD into it. I have no idea how to do that, but I'm sure JB38 has answered that question before!

However, first thing to ask is - how many scarts/rca connections do you have (model number would be a help)? I've got an old Philips CRT, and Ive got 2 scarts and an rca on them, and I'd be surprised that a Samsung would just have a single scart on it. If you've more than one scart (or even an rca), just connect the scarts seperately and save yourself the hassle. RCA to scart convertors are the kind of thing you might even get in a pound shop.

The other thing you can get is a scart switchbox, which is a fiver or less on Amazon , or even a poundshop jobby, in theory. They are not great (interference) - I've got one!, but they are better than nothing.

Dont spend too much money if you can't daisy chain - your TV is going to die at some point, and its better to put the cash towards something decent.

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