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.
Gerry Chris: If when you say that the new DVD player will not work through the Sky box but does when connected directly into the TV, are you testing the DVD player by simply disconnecting the Sky boxes scart connector "on the TV" (not box) and replacing it with another cable coming from the new DVD player? if you are then try the same test again but placing the TV back onto Freeview first before connecting the DVD into it, making sure that the DVD is switched off first.
Does the TV switch over to the DVD player when you switch it on? if it doesnt then this indicates that pin 8 on either the scart or the new DVD has not been connected, try another scart lead.
Gerry Chris: My reply was given based on the assumption that your DVD player is connected into the Sky boxes VCR scart socket, the Sky boxes output being connected into the TV, and that what you are meaning is that you are unable to get the DVD player to connect into the TV (via the Sky box) even although the Sky box has been placed on standby "before" switching the DVD player on.
If the aforementioned is correct? then that said in the latter paragraph of my previous reply is the most likely reason for your problem, that is unless you are using a variation of the procedure mentioned?
Peter: Ideally, we need the model numbers of the various bits of kit, and how many HDMI's, scarts etc they have.
However, at a guess, I'm assuming your TV has at least 2 HDMI's and a scart. The Sky box (if its not HD) should go via scart into the back of the TV, and thats it. The DVD recorder is likely to have an HDMI, as is the Humax, so use those HDMI ports. The aerial leads goes from the Humax, and then through via the DVD recorder into the back of the TV.
Lee: Hi, Lee. I have a Topfield video recorder which provides the Freeviewsignal to my tv set by a SCART lead. The SCART lead is plugged into the TV SCART connection on the back of the recorder because neither my recorder nor my tv has an HDMI connection. If my recorder and tv had HDMI connections I would have used HDMI instead of SCART because that would have meant I could view HD programmes, which I can't with my current recorder and tv set. Obviously, the aerial fly-lead gives the recorder a Freeview signal, with that being fed by the SCART lead to give the tv its video and audio. Hope this will assist you, Richard. PS I am sorry that I didn't respond to your posting nearer to the time you sent it, but I didn't get UKFREE.TV up on my laptop until 8 a.m.'ish.