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Friday, 27 January 2012
David Noble
2:41 PM

help please

I have the old Pace freestat from sky box and wish to record to my old video it sets up ok but during the recording the back up signal comes in and then it switches off any suggestions

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robert knowd
3:02 PM

im going to the south of france for 5weeks but the apartment only has fench satellite it can recieve cnn bbc news but not itv bbc etc can i connect my sky box to it and recieve english tv in other words use my sky box as a freeview box?

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Nigel Cory
3:45 PM

My comment is on JB 38's answer to Duncan written on 14 January.

"Duncan: Yes, you can certainly connect the Humax as you have suggested, but however, unfortunately as far as recordings are concerned no PVR device, no matter brand it might be, can record from an external source as they are all designed to record purely from their internal tuners."

A couple of years ago I purchased a Philips DVDR3570H which has an analogue tuner. The reason being I only had an RF input from an old analogue satellite receiver. Prior to DSO, I purchased a new Goodmans' Freeview box and have recently upgraded the satellite receiver to digital (for my wife to watch German TV from Astra at 19.2E). Both of these are connected by Scarts to the Philips DVDR3570H as is a spare DVD player using audio/video leads.

The recorder operates perfectly recording from any these inputs so I believe the wording of your answer was somewhat misleading.



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4:44 PM

Nigel Cory: I am afraid I beg to differ! as you are making the mistake of looking at the Humax PVR (personal video recorder) referred to as though it is another form of standard hard drive recording device such as your DVDR3750, and because it is a standard recording device is equipped with a number of "inputs" to enable video / audio from any analogue source (i.e: scart or phono inputs) to be stored on its internal hard drive prior to being recorded onto a DVD disc, or alternatively just kept away for future viewing.

PVR's (all) do "not" have any inputs for recording as they only record directly from their tuners, whether satellite or terrestrial Freeview, and that's exactly what I told Duncan in an unambiguous fashion.

In other words PVR's only have outputs, although a Humax can also output what's already recorded via a USB connection to another stand alone hard drive so as not to use its internal hard drive space up, then at a later point the programmes stored on the external hard drive can be viewed via (and only) the Humax again, but its not recording from anything external, but simply transferring to an external store what it has already recorded then recovering it again.

Hope this somewhat clarifies the situation.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
7:37 PM

Briantist thanks for info on Channel 5, all now ok including 5* and 5 USA

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Alan's 6 posts CH flag

7:52 PM

David Noble: Could you please give the model number printed on the label of the device you are referring to.

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Saturday, 28 January 2012

1:53 PM

Alan: I'm glad to hear that worked.

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Barmy Basil
1:57 PM

Re: Helen's post of Wednesday 25 January 2012 1:33PM
Assuming both cables give similar signal strength,it's probably not down to receiver sensitivity.
The most likely explanation is a mechanical difference between the receivers' LNB cable sockets. The centre conductor in the F plug may be slightly too short to make contact on one of them. Simply screwing the plug further on to the cable may be sufficient to remedy this. Failing that, Dave's SCART suggestion sounds like a good workaround. Good luck!

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2:03 PM

robert knowd: No, you can't. Sky boxes do not receive Freeview, which is the name for the UK terrestrial digital television service. If your dish is pointing at a satellite used for French TV, you will need to reposition it to get UK television.

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2:04 PM

David Noble: What do you mean by "back up signal"?

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