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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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Sunday, 18 December 2011
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

3:13 PM

Andy: The fact that you are getting a different regional news programme tells us that your BT Vision box is tuned to a different transmitter than your Sky box. The problem would therefore be solved by rectifying the incorrect tuning.

In order to work out the best way to do this, please let us have your location, ideally by post code. Also, what direction is your aerial pointing in?

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

4:10 PM

Andy: Purely on the connection query, you can connect the BT vision boxes AV1 socket into the Sky boxes VCR (No2) scart socket, with the Sky boxes AV1 connected to the single scart on your TV, as when you take the BT vision box out of standby it will pass through the Sky box to enable the viewing of its content, this should even work if the Sky box is in standby.

Alternatively, you could connect the Sky boxes AV1 into the second scart socket on the BT vision box, with the latter's AV1 coupled to the TV's single scart socket, this being exactly the same in operation as the first procedure.

However sometimes when a recording device is used with this type of configuration it can block signals passing through it, so try both systems out, should though you find that neither of the methods described operates correctly even with the device that's not required being placed on standby, then you will have no option but to purchase a switchable two way scart selector box, its common going into the TV with the Sky / BT vision box on each of the two scart input sockets.

Do not connect the aerial through the Sky box, but straight into the BT Vision box then into the TV. (if TV Freeview enabled)

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
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DARREN
8:03 PM

Just switched my old TV for a New lcd one. on connecting the sky + (not hd) the TV switched to scart mode. the screen has a yellow tint. have tried my very cheap dvd player on the same scart lead and it works fine. the sky box was working fine on the old TV. the New one only has 1 scart socket but has hdmi sockets. any ideas ????

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DARREN's 1 post GB
Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

8:14 AM

DARREN: I would suggest you try another SCART cable still. Connect your DVD player to the Sky+ box's "SCART VCR" connection, and you can use it by putting the Sky+ box into stand-by mode.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Tuesday, 27 December 2011
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raj
4:02 PM

Hi

i have bought an Apple TV Box whixh requires an HDMI cable to connect it to my Plasma which doesnt have a HDMI slot as it is a digital tv ( it only has scart slots on the back of it )- what can i do? i know there are scart to HDMI cables out their but dont know if it will convert the analogue to digital

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raj's 2 posts GB
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raj
4:03 PM

oops menat the plasma i have isnt digital!

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Friday, 30 December 2011
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Mike
5:50 PM

Hi,
I have just bought a Samsung LCD TV (40 inch) and am having problems with the auto tuning. I have connected this to my V+ box using one scart lead. However, there are no channels to be found. Would be grateful for your help

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Mike's 2 posts GB
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

7:05 PM

Mike: When you are tuning your Samsung TV you are either tuning terrestrial television ("Freeview") for which you need an aerial connected, or, satellite ("Freesat") for which you need a satellite dish connected. A model number would allow me to say which.

In order to watch your V+ Box via the scart, you don't need to tune your TV. Usually scart connected devices automatically "seize" the TV, meaning that the TV automatically switches to the scart input. Alternatively, you can switch to the scart input using the appropriate button which is often a picture of a TV with an arrow pointing inwards or a circle with an arrow pointing inwards (or "AV" or "Ext").

If your V+ box is a HD one (I'm not familiar with these devices) and your TV is a HD one, then you will need to connect using a HDMI lead in order to watch programmes from the V+ Box in high definition.

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Mike
8:08 PM
Bedale

Dave ... you're a star!
Fortunately we still have an aerial point for Freeview in the kitchen, so I was able to haul (!) the TV in there where the auto tuning was no problem.
Was about to throw in the towel and send it back to the shop, but your advice and support has restored my faith in humanity!
Thanks again
Mike

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Mike's 2 posts GB
Thursday, 5 January 2012
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viv jones
11:43 AM

Hi,
Can you please advise....I have a Sony Plasma TV which has been working fine for the last 3 years...also conected to it is a sky plus box and dvd Player, anyway the problem i now have is a intermittant fault, screen goes blank for a few seconds during this time the words SAT 1 comes on the screen as well as NO SYNC, this can happen up to 10/20 times in the space of 30 mins, it tends to happen after the TV has been on for a few hours, I have a TV upstairs conected to the sky box and when the above fault happens it is not Repeated on the TV upstairs....so I have ruled out a fault with the sky box...could it be scart lead problems? or do you think my TV has a Problem?
Thanks
Viv

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