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Can I use a Freeview box if there is no SCART connector on my TV?

Can I use a Freeview box if there is no SCART connector on my TV?

Can I use a Freeview box if there is no SCART connector on my T
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Very few of the current Freeview boxes have both SCART and UHF outputs, but you will have to check.

This is done mainly to keep the costs down, but it saves any possible interference from the box itself with the incoming Freeview signals.

So with the a few boxes - often PVRs - you can watch (and record) Freeview channels via a UHF channel.

However, the best possible picture quality is obtained using the "RGB" output on the SCART connector, so if you switch the box to a new TV at some point, you should use the SCART then.

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Sunday, 23 November 2014
Graham Lewendon

10:58 PM
Saffron Walden

jb38: RE :- Can I use a Freeview box if there is no SCART connector on my TV?

Before under taking any work with electrical equipment be sure to isolate all of it from the mains supply.

If your equipment makes it available R.G.B is best but not all equipment manufactures equip their recent products to I-P via Skart quite often you may find your to choose from either H.D.M.I or PHONO composite (colour code is yellow = video, red = audio right , white = audio left) also some Televisions may also have a component input using same connections for the audio but with three extra connectors of the same style as the yellow one but these sockets will be colour coded red green and blue and if this is the case you may need to select either Component or composite via a set up menu option. you need a cable with 5 phono lines to utilise the component input (or a combination adding up to five. These colours make it easy to match up cable ends to respective socket but electrons don't care what colour code the terminals are. If you make up a lead comprising a set of leads coded yellow red and white set of phono and a skart to phono adaptor which may often be included with video recording equipment (you could have one tucked away somewhere) So connect one end of the phono lead to the skart adaptor. Connect the remaining phono connectors to the corresponding sockets on the Television the skart end going to your set top box. Hope that helps

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11:31 PM

Graham Lewendon : I am rather curious as to why you have referred to my user ID in the leading line of your posting, as I cant recall in recent times of having ever replied to such a question, therefore maybe you could be so good as to enlighten me on what you are specifically referring to in order to save me having to delve into the archives of previous replies that I may possibly have made, which judging by the heading would suggest as being connected with RF modulators.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 6 July 2016
9:29 AM

I'm 71 I've bought a new tv but my freebview recorder scart has no connection to connect to on the tv

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Kayhatton's 1 post GB flag
Richard Cooper

9:51 AM

Kay Hatton: Hi Kay. I believe that brand new televisions usually use the relatively new type of output connection other than SCART, which is called 'HDMI'. Perhaps you should have carefully inspected your new television's specifications before purchasing it, knowing that you would wish to continue using your existing Freeview recorder? Richard, Norwich.

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Richard Cooper's 466 posts GB flag
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10:31 AM

Kayhatton: What other connectors are there on the back of your TV and recorder? You may just need to use a different type of cable or an adaptor.

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StevensOnln1's 3,639 posts GB flag

8:35 PM

Kayhatton: Firstly, whats the make and model of the TV - pretty much all TV's will still have an analogue input, but you need to look for it - possibly an adapter, or composite inputs.

Next, whats the make/model of the recorder. If its been made in the last 5 years, it should have an hdmi connection, as well as a possible scart. If it has an hdmi port, get an hdmi cable to connect it to your new TV, and chuck away the scart lead.

If we know the make/model numbers for both, then we know what we are dealing with.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Sunday, 18 September 2016
1:26 PM

Hi please can someone help I have no outdoor arial I use my sky box as freeview but my son has ripped it out the unit the wires come out the back nothink works if I buy a knew box can I just plug it in or no I need the wires to work from outside into my box that are broke please someone help I have no tv 3 kids :(

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nadia's 1 post GB flag

5:30 PM

nadia: A standard (non recording) Sky box has the following connection sockets.

1: A two pin socket to enable it to be connected into the mains supply, the cable supplied with all Sky boxes being of the moulded variety, a flat two pin mains connector plug being at one end and a 13amp mains plug at the other.

2: A scart socket to enable it to be connected into the TV via a scart lead.

3: A male threaded socket which the "F" connector on the end of the coax is screwed into.

If you are not be using a standard box but one of the Sky+ HD variety?, then you will have two "F" connector sockets, likewise the boxes HDMI socket (not fitted on a standard box) rather than its scart same will likely be used to connect it into your TV via an HDMI connector cable.

That said, its really a case of matching up the connection sockets on the rear of the Sky box with the ones on the end of the cables thats been ripped out, said connectors only fitting one way so its impossible to get them wrong, this even applying to the two "F" connectors used on Sky+ boxes, they can be connected either way around.

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