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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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Thursday, 15 December 2011
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John S
4:56 PM
Chichester

I would have thought so but the manufacturer has supplied a lead that is Antenna Out on the VCR/DVD to Antenna In on the TV. The main external aerial will then go direct to the VDR/DVD Antenna In socket.

There is a SCART socket free on the CCR/DVD but the TV Scart socket is occupied by the SKY receiver (bounced signal)-presumably the recorder is designed to work with the above leads.

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Monday, 16 January 2012
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g wilson
4:05 PM

im using a freeview foxsat-hd pvr box connected to a new panasonic viera...i get agreat pic when using scart to scart in av1
however i can get no reception when i set it up with a hmli cable having resset the tv menu. Am I doing something wrong???

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Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Briantist
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7:26 AM

g wilson: Have you tried more than one HDMI cable? What do you mean specifically by "no reception"?

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g wilson
12:43 PM

g wilson: Im running one hm cable that was sent by humax with the box however i have tried another to no avail. by no reception i mean that im staring at a blank screen with the hml1 logo topr left

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jb38
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3:14 PM

g wilson: Referring to the Panasonic, have you pressed the top right hand button on its remote control marked AV, and then scrolled down the HDMI input numbers shown and pressed on the one you have plugged the lead from the Humax into?

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jb38
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3:28 PM

g wilson: In addition, dont have the scart lead connected at the same time as the HDMI one, as its not required.

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g wilson
4:29 PM

g wilson: yes i have done all that...working them singly. I have also gone thru all the menus both box and tv to no avail. i have also tried all the 4 hmli plug ins by the way this is a replacement humax box /reason i want the freeview sat thru the hmli is that i also have btvision and want to run that thru the scart section. im wondering if i might need a highspeed hmli cable????

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jb38
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5:08 PM

g wilson: You shouldn't require to alter anything on your Humax, because if you are viewing a programme on your Panasonic using only a scart connection between both devices, then place the Humax box (or TV) into standby whilst removing the scart lead and replacing this with the HDMI lead, if you then bring the Humax back out of standby and select the HDMI socket number used via the AV button (as was previously mentioned) if nothing comes on then the fault could be with either device.

Pity you haven't got (or could borrow) a DVD player with an HDMI socket, as that would verify if the TV's HDMI inputs were OK, obviously using the same procedure for connecting the DVD as was described for the Humax.

By the way, I am not saying you have done, but don't connect / disconnect HDMI or scart leads whilst both devices are operational, as you stand the danger of damaging the inputs on either, always have one device in standby, preferably the TV.

A final point I meant to say, that on Panasonic TV's the No1 HDMI input has auto-detect switching, whereby anything connected into this socket will make the TV automatically switch over to it as soon as whatever is taken out of standby.

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jb38
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6:19 PM

g wilson: Although you may do this anyway, but another point I was thinking about was that always have the TV switched on before the Humax, if you haven't done this switch the Humax off from its rear power switch (on LH side) wait about one minute then switch it back on again, its just that when I mentioned about putting the TV into standby whilst altering connections I forgot that by doing that you are reversing the procedure, and which might cause switching problems.

If this makes no difference, then as a final test go into the Humax settings menu / TV set up, and on looking down the list make sure that HDCP default is set to enable, if its not then change it, then switch the box off then on again as described above.

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Wednesday, 18 January 2012
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g wilson
2:20 PM

g wilson: thank you ever so much for your helpful advice.
i connected up my btvision box via hml1 and ran the events in the sequence you suggested...it banged in first time.
i then closed down and set up the humax box....A BIG NUTHING...not only that the box menu was locked on one channel couldnt move it remote wontwork...couldnt even get back to setting factory settings as everything was locked.
went and got my old little humax box started from scratch and it worked like a baby.
as this is the secong humaxpvr box that obviously doesnt work....well I think Ill be asking for my money back!!! thanks again guys

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