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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, 16 July 2012
2:12 PM

I have just taken delivery of a Panasonic TX-L32ET5B TV and it was set up by the engineer from the shop. all was well until trying to watch Freeview. It will stay on Freeview from anywhere between 30 seconds and over an hour but, eventually will change itself to EC/HDMI1 - irrespective of whether my Sky+ HD box is switched on or on standby. I also have a video player and a DVD player connected which both worked when I turned them on but I haven't played anything on them so am unsure if they will also 'change' to the Sky input whilst watching. Could it be a connectin problem? I'm a complete novice with this kind of thing....

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Marie's 3 posts GB
3:33 PM

Marie: The engineer used a mini single SCART lead to the TV - only one SCART socket on it - and connected the SCART from the SKY+ box to the other end of that lead, (SCART to SCART if that makes sense?). Then he made a connection from the SKY+ box to the DVD and Video - I couldn't tell you how he did that though... Sorry....

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Marie's 3 posts GB

4:59 PM

Marie: On the left hand side of the TV you will see a series of sockets, and counting from the bottom (excluding the round headphone socket) check if anything has been plugged into the fourth socket up marked HDMI-1 as nothing should make the TV switch to that socket unless something is connected into it and is triggering the TV to switch to it, the HDMI-1 input having an auto switch facility.

If you find that the engineer has connected anything into that socket then place the TV in standby and unplug the HDMI connection, then follow the lead to determine where its connected to giving an update on whatever it is.

By the way, once you have unplugged anything that "may" have been connected into that input then for a test leave the TV on for an hour or so.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Tuesday, 17 July 2012
9:08 AM

Marie: Tried to answer to this last night but home computer wouldn't play - not having any luck with anything electrical right now!
I checked all the connections and I hadn't quite got it right. There is a HDMI lead from the 4th socket up labelled as HDMI1 and that is connected to the Sky+ HD box. Then SCART leads connect Sky to DVD and DVD to VCR. Then a SCART runs to to an AV1 adaptor which is plugged in to the TV. I haven't unplugged anything as yet though as when I read the setup instructions in the manual, it clearly states to connect the HDMI lead from HDMI1 socket to the satellite receiver. If, as you say, nothing should be connected to the HDMI1 socket which socket should it be connected to?

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Marie's 3 posts GB
Thursday, 19 July 2012
6:35 PM

I have recently bought a Samsung series 4+ and I can't get the sound to work when tuning my sky into it via my DVD recorder. I'm tuning the sky into the DVD recorder via scart and the DVD recorder into my TV via hdmi any idea how to fix the problem?

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martyn's 1 post NO
Thursday, 30 August 2012
6:15 PM

hi, ive just brought a TV bed and the scart lead is to fat to put in the back of my TV therfore the tv won't go down into the bed. are there any other ways to connect my standard sky box to my tv without a scart lead? i havnt got HD on sky but my tv is HD ready

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jon's 1 post GB
Tuesday, 18 September 2012
Thomas Glyne
8:34 PM

I have a Bush freesat box and a Panasonic DVD/VHS combi recorder connected to the TV. When I try to record from the TV to DVD I cannot get the signal to the TV to work...what I am missing??
I assume that an aerial connection is the issue?
Any help much appreciated.

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Thomas Glyne's 1 post GB
Wednesday, 19 September 2012

12:24 AM

Thomas Glyne: If you have a Bush Freesat box then its AV1 socket (usually marked TV) should be coupled into the TV's AV1 input via a scart connection, and then with the Freesat boxes VCR socket (usually AV2) being coupled into the Panasonic DVD / VCR boxes AV2 input socket, and with this AV2 input being selected on the recorders "input select" button on the remote control.

Needless the say, the aerial should be connected through the Panasonic recorders aerial in / out socket an then onto the TV's aerial input if its also a Freeview capable TV, should any signal problems be experienced by "daisy chaining" the signal then use a two way powered splitter to split the aerial between the TV and the Panasonic DVD recorder.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Saturday, 22 September 2012
8:44 PM

I've just brought a 40" tecknika tv, but it's got no connection for a digital optical audio cable, that i need on the odd occasion to play digital dvd's, through my toshiba home cinema sd-44hk system, can you tell me what i need or how to wire it, because the dvd only has one scart connection, my virgin box has one scart, and one hdmi connection's, and the tv has three hdmi's, one scart, and everything else but the audio cable connection's. your help would save me ear ache off the wife, and kids thank's.

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nay's 1 post GB
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
5:47 PM


I was wondering if someone might be able to help? We recently got Virgin installed. When the technicians came to install it, the TV's mains lead was broken so they couldn't do their 'medic check'. We got a new mains lead the next day, however as a result of the TV being really old, is has neither a scart socket or a HDMI socket. We have tried a DVI - HDMI connector, but the TV still doesn't work. We have tested the Virgin HD box with another TV, and it works fine, we've also tested the TV by connecting it to a Laptop using the HDMI cable, and this also works fine.

So I was wondering if there is any way to solve this? Someone suggested getting one of those cables that have a scart on one end (to plug into the Virgin box) and those three coloured progs (sorry for my lack of technical language!) on the other end (which the TV has availability for) to see if that works? But then if we get the scart plugged in, the HDMI lead still isn't plugged in anywhere?

Will it work? Are there alternatives? Sorry for my ignorance! Thank you for your help x

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