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Digital TV Hookup
How to connect
digital TV tuner set-top-box to a TV, VCR and DVD Recorder in the UK
Do you want to be able to tune in the digital TV channels broadcast
over-the-air to the TV? Yes, it can be done by using a digital TV
tuner. The digital set-top box can receive the digital FTA broadcasts.
In addition to providing more channels with the new tuner, you have the
enhanced Electronic Program Guide (EPG) and information plate.
For more information on some digital tuners, go to Humax UK
to hook up a DVD recorder and VCR to your TV with Freeview.
and Audio Cable Connections
1) Cable to provide TV signals to RF input on digital TV set-top-box.
2) Cable to pass converted TV signals to DVD Recorder.
3) SCART cable for Freeview output to TV.
4) SCART cable to connect DVD recorder to TV.
5) SCART cable to connect DVD recorder to VCR.
6) RF cable to connect DVD recorder to VCR.
7) RF cable to connect VCR to TV.
You can watch TV normally by selecting the set-top-box input on the TV
or watch a videotape from the VCR by selecting the RF input on the TV.
You can record TV shows on the DVD recorder and watch on the TV by
selecting the alternate scart input on the TV.
Video Connections for
box hdtv hookup
• What you will see on the back of the set-top-box.
RF Antenna input and RF Output
SCART Sockets for video and audio
RCA outputs for video and audio and digital audio output for surround
• RF Input
SCART Audio Video
setting up or connecting your digital
Your equipment should be connected as follows:
The cable from the rooftop aerial should connect in to the RF in socket
(might also be marked antenna or aerial or ant in) on the back of the
The box should have two scart sockets, the 1st marked TV (or might be
just scart1) should connect to the corresponding scart socket on the
rear of your TV set.
If your TV does not have a scart socket it might have AV (Audio/Video)
sockets instead, these are 3 individual round "phono" sockets coloured
red, white and yellow and you will require a RCA lead to connect this
to your box. (see an electrical retailer for details).
If your TV has not got this and only has the normal RF aerial socket
you will not be able to connect it directly to the digital box unless
the box has a RF modulator and output. Very few boxes have this. Check
with your manufacturer or electrical retailer.
You might be able to connect the box to the scart socket on your VCR
and watch Freeview on your TV's video channel instead.
The 2nd scart socket on the rear of the digital box is usually marked
as Video (or just as scart 2). This should be connected to the scart
input socket on the rear of your VCR if you have one.
The RF output socket on the digital box connects to the aerial input on
your VCR if you have one or otherwise to the aerial socket on the rear
of your TV.
(Unless your digital box has a RF modulator this connection is just a
"RF loopthrough" which means it carries the conventional analogue
signal through to your TV or VCR but does not carry any Freeview
channel signals as these go via the box's scart outputs)
Finally your digital box's power cable needs to be connected to the
power socket on the rear of the box and then plugged into an AC wall
Check your batteries in your remote control handset then switch on the
Set your TV channel to AV or SCART or EXT and you should see the
digital box welcome message or menu
Now follow the setup or tuning instructions on screen or follow the
advice in the appliance's user manual.
Most digital TV boxes come with an ‘RF loop
through’ which carries the aerial signal to the RF output. A
few boxes have an RF modulator which also sends the selected digital
channel through the RF cable to TVs that have no scart sockets. In this
case you will need to tune your TV to receive the digital channels
throught the RF cable.
or DVD recorder
If you want to use a video or DVD recorder then take the RF output from
the digital box to the RF input of the video or DVD recorder. Then run
a scart cable from the VCR output of the digital box to the A/V input
of the VCR. Connect the video to the TV with both an RF and scart lead
– ideally your TV would have at least two scart sockets.
Then tune the video into the analogue TV channels as normal. To record
digital channels select the A/V channel on the DVD recorder/VCR that
corresponds to the input connection from the digital box.
Most digital TVs will find both the analogue and digital channels that
are available in your area. Connect the aerial and follow the set up
procedure in the manual. Then use your TV remote control to switch
between analogue and digital using the analogue/digital or A/D buttons
on the remote.
If you are thinking of buying a digital TV ask your retailer about how
you can view both digital and analogue.
digital TV switchover
The United Kingdom will by the end of 2012 complete the national
television switchover to all digital TV terrestrial broadcasts. The
transition from analogue TV to digital TV broadcasts has been going on
for several years. The change from analogue to digital TV means you may
make some decisions about how you want to view TV.
I have to buy a new TV?
Answer: No, your old TV will still work, however, you will need to make
some changes. For an analogue TV, you will need to get a digital TV
capable of tuning digital broadcast TV signals and converting them to
analogue for your TV. Also, if you have been recording TV, additional
changes will need to be
made. A digital TV box lets you access the free digital channels
broadcast in the UK. The digital TV signals received by your existing
aerial and processed by the digital TV box, lets you view over 40
channels on your existing TV.
digital TV set-top boxes, video recorders and DVD recorders have a
built-in 'Modulated RF output'. This means that the box can
're-broadcast' it's output onto a TV channel, so that your TV set can
'tune in' to the signal in the same way as you can tune your TV set
into a certain channel. If your box doesn't have a modulator, you can
only watch/record on equipment with a SCART socket. You can also buy a
stand-alone RF modulator box with a SCART input and a RF output for
connection to the TV set's aerial input. If
there's no RF modulator, the aerial output only provides an analogue
loopthrough facility and doesn't output digital TV channels for TVs
with no SCART socket.
do I know which digital TV set-top-box to buy?
Answer: This is
one of the major decisions you will need to make. There are many
choices. Digital set-top-boxes can have different features and costs.
Some choices are:
Freeview with one SCART socket
Freeview with two SCART sockets
Freeview with RF modulated output for TVs without SCART sockets
Freeview with integrated hard-disk recorder (Freeview+)
Freeview HD with recorder (Freeview HD)
HD will use MPEG-4, not MPEG-2 used in standard definition broadcasts,
so if you want HD, get an HD box now rather than paying for a new box
SKY satellite box (more channels including HD; requires subscription
and dish antenna)
FREESAT - free-to-air digital satellite TV (requires dish antenna)
Digital Cable TV box (subscription and cable availability)
Also, you could buy a new TV with integrated digital TV tuner. Then, no
box would be required for Freeview. If you're looking to buy a cheap
Freeview box for terrestrial digital TV there are many budget set top
boxes to choose from under £50. However, a better box with
recorder and twin tuners can be £150 or more. For more
information on what to look for in a Freeview box, see Freeview
Features to look for.
is the difference between the old analogue TV standard and the new
digital TV system?
Answer: The old
analogue broadcast TV standard used a system called PAL,
short for Phase Alternating
The PAL standard uses 625-line / 50 field (25 frame) per second
television signals (only 576 lines carry actual image). All
analogue TV sets made for PAL TV reception had a compatible TV tuner
built-in. The same is true for VCRs. This is why you need the new TV
box or new TV set - your PAL TV tuner will not work with the new
digital TV signals. The new digital broadcast TV standard is DVB-T.
is an abbreviation for Digital
Video Broadcasting — Terrestrial;
it is the DVB
European-based consortium standard for the broadcast transmission of
terrestrial television that was
first published in 1997
and first broadcast in the UK
This system transmits compressed
digital audio, digital video
and other data in an MPEG transport stream,
is the most widely deployed DTT (Digital Terrestrial Television)
system worldwide, with over
60 countries that
have adopted or deployed the DVB-T standard and more than 200 million
receivers deployed. The new digital TV signals use some of the same
radio spectrum in the UHF band as the old analogue TV signals. This is
why you can still use your current TV aerial to pick up the UHF
my VHS tapes and DVDs still play as before on my TV?
Answer: Yes, the only difference may be in the method of connection.
Answer: HD is High Definition. High Definition refers to both HD
broadcasts and HD television displays such as Plasma or LCD big screen
TV sets. HD is always digital but digital TV broadcasts are NOT always
HD. HD is 720 or 1080 lines compared with the 625 lines of analogue TV.
More detail gives a sharper picture. SD or standard definition is
digital TV but not High Definition. Most channels broadcast currently
in digital are SD.
do I record one channel while viewing a second channel?
Answer: You need two digital TV tuners. You can buy a second
set-top-box for your VCR or DVD recorder or get a twin tuner
Answer: Re-tune or channel scan is a set-top-box function which can be
performed at any time to store the available channels in your location
in the memory of the set-top-box digital tuner. Once the channels are
stored, the tuner can go directly to the channel you select on the
remote control of the set-top-box. This function has to be performed if
any channels are added to your available broadcast TV selections or if
any changes to your channels are made at the source of transmissions.
Some boxes will perform a re-tune automatically to be sure the current
channel frequencies are stored.
do I re-tune?
Answer: Each tuner is slightly different but the procedure is usually a
simple process of pressing MENU on the remote, selecting the area for
channel re-tune such as Installation and waiting for the scan to
complete. For some user
guides on various boxes see the link below and download the
Answer: Freeview is a digital TV service available terrestrially in the
uses DVB-T, the standard European technology for broadcast transmission
of digital terrestrial television. The service is growing fast in the
U.K off the back of its appealing 'free' status: As opposed to
pay-per-view, the TV and radio channels available on Freeview are free
to watch/listen to, with the only usual cost outlay being the purchase
of a set-top box to allow your TV to receive digital signals. However
it may sometimes be necessary to pay to upgrade your TV aerial. Most
new TVs bought today are already digitally enabled with no need of an
additional set-top box.
Freeview was launched on October 30, 2002. The launch
consortium consisted of the BBC, BskyB and National Grid
Wireless. Consortium members plus others
now broadcast around 40 TV stations and over 20 radio stations.
By March 2006, Freeview was available in an estimated 6.4 million U.K
Freeview is a box that you plug into your television to get extra
Question: Why must I get a
Freeview box if I have an analogue TV?
Answer: Because the new digital TV signals are incompatible with your
analogue TV. The Freeview box will tune and decode the digital TV
signals, then convert them from DVB-T to PAL for your analogue TV. The
alternatives are 1) buy a new digital TV or 2) get SKY satellite TV or
3) get digital cable TV.
Question: Can you list
all the channels that you get on freeview?
Answer: You get over 30 free TV channels and 20 free digital radio
with Freeview. The entertainment channels include BBC 1, 2, 3 and 4,
BBC I, ITV 1, 2, 3 and 4, ITV play, channel 4 and channel 5, Sky three,
UKTV history, more 4, E4, E4+, Film 4, ABC 1, FTN Full On, Quiz Call
and Smile TV. Lifestyle channels are QVC, UKTV Bright Ideas, Ideal
World, Bid TG, Price Drop TV, Community Channel and Teachers TV.
Children's TV offers C BBC, Cbeebies and ITV C. The hits and TMF
provide music and the news channels are BBC News 24, BBC Parliament,
Sky News, Sky Sports News and Teletext. Freeview offers regional
coverage in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. You can start to
receive digital transmissions by acquiring a digital box and connecting
it to your TV set. You can also get a digital TV recorder or new
digital TV to receive freeview programmes.
Freeview HD box give me?
- Free HD channels
from BBC and ITV
- No Subscription,
just plug and watch HD TV
- Up to 50
digital TV channels and 24 radio stations
- 8-day on screen
electronic programme guide
- Interactive TV
service via MHEG
- Dolby Digital+
- Parental Control
- Subtitle and
- HDMI output
- Receives HDTV
- Fully compliant
to UK DVB-T2 profile as well as DVB-T
format : 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i
- Play media
contents in external HDD or memory through USB (MP3, JPG, XViD)
- Contents sharing
with other devices such as PC and NAS through Home Networking
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