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Hi
I ordered a Metronic Zapbox T2 Freeview HD Digital Receiver box from Amazon today for 58 quid so I can watch HD on my Sony 1080P TV.

I have a distribution box on the aerial circuit, so that the aerial plugs into one side, and there are 3 output sockets feeding to 3 TVs on the other side. It plugs into the mains and has Telecraft as the manufacturer. Would this interfere with or filter out the HD signal? It seems to work on SD alright.

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I'm on the Redruth transmitter in Cornwall.
Many thanks for your help.

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Hi, I have posted this in the correct place, or is there somewhere more suitable.?

TV Sony KDL40W2000 1920 x 1080p
Metronic Zapbox T2 Freeview HD Digital Receiver box 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576p
I am using the equipment to watch HD TV transmissions

My questions are basically, how do I set the output of the HD box to match with the TV?

1) The TV allows 1080P and so does the HD box. So it should be simple to set.
2) However, what I feel complicates the issue is that TV HD is not broadcast in 1080P but 1080i.
3) Also, BBC HD, for example, on iPlayer transmit what they call HD but the pixel count is 1280 x 724 and not 1080. Many of their videos use 832 x 468.

So, totally confused.
Should I set the HD box output to 1080i, to match the broadcast, and how will the TV set to suit? I read about the TV up-scaling, but I don't know what that means. I don't see any adjustments on the TV to set to particular display formats.
I read in other comments on the internet on other sites about testing settings to see what is preferable, but shouldn't there be proper technical settings to suit?
All help appreciated.
BTW, I purchased the HD box from Amazon UK for 58 GBP, last week and I am very happy with it and thought it was good value.

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Is the HD signal weaker than SD? I'm on Redruth and have an HD box. Works well and great picture, but the HD signal breaks up quite a lot (seems sensitive to the weather), yet the SD signal always seems solid. Also the volume is a lot less than SD. Any reason for this?
Cheers,
Nick

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Thanks. Why the difference I wonder. The HD box will not pass an RF signal through the RF loop unless I leave it on power. I have the TV connected with both HDMI and RF coaxial leads so I can still use the TV receiver. So I have a Phillips splitter in the circuit so I can still pass a signal to the TV with the HD box switched off. I know you lose a little signal but would this be enough to cause the difference?

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GB

Thanks. That's what I have done. Still wondering why the HD picture breaks up sometimes when the SD seems rock steady.
Cheers.

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Thanks Mike.

I have an amplifier feeding 3 separate TVs, so it's more for distribution. The splitter is non-amplified. How do I check the box is tuning to Redruth? It just goes into auto tune.

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Please help.
I have just connected my Metronic Zapbox T2 Freeview HD box to my router using Ethernet cable. The router shows an illuminated '2' on the front (1 is the PC) and the HD box shows a full set of communication data having set up the IP address, etc dynamically.

Now what? Can I watch iPlayer? Can I surf the web? What can I do with it now and how?
The instructions show how to make the connection, but there is no information on how to use it.

Cheers,

Nick

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GB

Thanks for the usual prompt and helpful reply.

I set to channels 050 or 054 and switch the TV to receive from the HD box, so I see the HD chennel.
I press the red button on the HD box hand set and nothing happens.
It seems odd that the box has a connection to my router but I cannot seem to do anything.


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