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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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Monday, 5 March 2012
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jb38
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5:29 PM

Rob: Meant to also say, that isnt it possible to straighten the pin out with a pair of long nosed pliers? or course if its broken then obviously not.

Another point is, that if you snip the complete end off the scart cable then carefully tape the end of another HDMI lead onto the end of it, then you might be able to gently pull the scart cable through the filled in section of the wall followed by the HDMI lead, of course I realise this would only be possible if you havent buried the actual cable deep in the plaster.

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Rob
6:09 PM

Rob: ive tried to straighten the pin but it keeps going back into the plug its loose,
ive got sky+ at the min but there is no hdmi socket on it, only on the hd version so it should work without the scart thanks Rob.

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jb38
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9:44 PM

Rob: If you hold the scart plug with its cable hanging downwards from you and look carefully down at the flat pins, you will see that on every pin from about halfway down the flat (from the outer end) that a section in the middle is pushed out slightly so that it sticks out slightly and overlaps onto the plastic that surrounds the pin, and its this that stops the pin from being pushed back into its holder.

Needless to say that this stick out section will have been accidentally flattened when pulling the pin out, so with the aid of a needle or similar (+ magnifying glass if necessary) just pick it back out again.

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Sunday, 18 March 2012
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Angela O'Neill
9:15 PM

I want to connect a VCR and a DVD recorder with a freesat tv , all have two scart sockets each , I have bought a hdmi lead and two scart leads , but I still can't transfer the old tapes onto DVDs
Could you please do a diagram? as I have tried everything but it just records the tv.

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Angela O'Neill
9:18 PM
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Angela O'Neill:
The freesat is built into the tv.

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Angela O'Neill
9:30 PM
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Angela
I don't have any problem with the freview or DVD recorder only , only trying to transfer the tapes onto dvds

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jb38
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11:47 PM

Angela O'Neill: If you want to record the old tapes onto DVD's then all the TV will be doing is acting as a monitor via the DVD recorder, so you require a scart lead from the DVD recorders AV1's scart socket into the TV's AV1 scart input, once done make sure you can see the DVD recorder on the TV.

You then require another scart lead from the VCR tape machines AV1 scart socket into the DVD recorders AV2 input socket, after doing this select AV2 on the DVD recorders input selector and that will allow any recordings it makes to be only from the VCR.

You can test this by taking the DVD recorder out of standby then putting a tape in the VCR and pressing "play" and the tape should then be seen on the TV via the DVD recorder, but remember only "if" you have selected AV2 on the DVD's input selector.

Needless to say this is what you do when you want to record the tapes onto a DVD, insomuch that you press record on the recorder after the tape has started and with the contents of the tape still being seen on the TV.

Just a small qualification though as you have mentioned HDMI leads, if the DVD recorder has an HDMI output and the TV has HDMI inputs, then forget about the scart between the two (TV and DVD recorder) and just use the HDMI lead, but you "might" have to select HDMI input on the TV's input selector if the TV cant see the DVD recorder.

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Thursday, 19 April 2012
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Roy RICHARDSON
5:24 PM

CAN ANY ONE HELP ME WITH THIS PROBLEM PLEASE. I HAVE A PANASONIC DMR E100H DVDR, B&O ANALOGUE TV, FERGUSON TWIN SCART STB AND A GOODMANS TWIN SCART STB. I WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO WATCH THE TV WHILE RECORDING ANOTHER PROGRAM. IS THE POSSIBLE WITH THIS SETUP IF SO HOW? THANKS

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Monday, 23 April 2012
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Pauline
1:40 PM

I have a Sony Bravia TV and a Sagem DTR94 Freesat receiver and they have been working well since I got them about 18 months ago but with one exception - no HD reception. I connected them up with the HDMI cable but found that the TV did not acknowledge the receiver so I had to connect them with a scart lead as well. There is mention in the Sagem user guide of a YPbPr connector. Should I get one of those instead of using the scart?

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Mike Dimmick
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2:21 PM

Pauline: You should use *one* connection from the receiver to the TV.

HDMI should generally work. If it doesn't work at all, even after swapping cables, see if you can borrow a different box that is known to work with HDMI. If that works, get your receiver repaired or replaced; if not, get the TV repaired or replaced. You shouldn't spend more than £5 on an HDMI cable - gold-plated contacts are barely worth it, expensive cable is not worth it.

The problem may be down to copy-protection. The TV has to tell the receiver that it really is a TV, and not some other box that allows the picture to be extracted, before the receiver will send digital signals to the TV. See if the manuals say anything about enabling HDCP.

If the broadcaster is sending the 'content protection' flag with the broadcast, and the receiver hasn't done an HDCP handshake with the TV, it is supposed to disable the HDMI connection.

SCART and component video (aka Y-Pb-Pr) are analogue connections. The component video cables do allow higher-resolution connections than SCART, which is standard-definition. However, the copy-protection systems allow the broadcasters to tell the receiver to send SD-quality pictures over the component cables, for content that they want to protect. I'd concentrate on getting HDMI working rather than on using component cables.

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