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#44287 26-Oct-2009 18:01
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My Dad is in Wellington, and advised me by phone last week that he's looking for a Decoder Box to get HD TV signals via his aerial. He is over 80 years of age and although once very adept with electronics, his aptitude has slipped in recent years and he has trouble learning how to use devices.

I wanted to seek some opinions about what might be a good model Decoder Box for him. I was thinking of something with a built in hard disk, as currently he's recording to video tape - which wont really do justice in terms of quality to reproducing HD quality on his 1080 TV.

Im in Australia, and have gathered what information I was able to, but please forgive me if I have misunderstood how it works in NZ as I havent lived there for over 20 years and am not up to speed on things.

He has two antenna - a standard VHF/UHF.. and a satellite dish

As I understand it the Satellite dish is for analogue, and he wishes to use the antenna for HDTV via a decoder box.

It seems that at present he gets some channels through each (?) via "free to air" and "freeview" (My understanding is that one of these will soon be obsolete?)

Ok, so hopefully that makes sense.

So in terms of a decoder box, does he look for one to connect to both antennas? - or just to the aerial?

Will he be able to get all channels through the decoder box?

Lastly, he needs a very easy-to-use unit with a hard disk. Can anyone recommend a suitable model?

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  #266964 26-Oct-2009 18:18
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  #266967 26-Oct-2009 18:22
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  #266972 26-Oct-2009 18:29
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If he can get existing UHF channels ok (like prime for example) then he should be able to get freeview via the UHF aerial. He should get a my freeview box (in my opinion). It had two tuners and records in HD. If you ain't going to be there to install it. I think it would pay to get it installed for him, they are easy once to get the hang of it and a demo goes a long way Also they are self updating when new channels come along.

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  #266974 26-Oct-2009 18:38
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Freeview is the digital TV service that carries the free-to-air channels (equivalent of 7, 9, 10, SBS and ABC in Oz).
It has two delivery methods, via satellite (which is only SD), and terrestrial UHF (a mix of SD and HD). Both methods require a set top box, (comment on hybrid boxes removed).
The old free-to-air analogue system is a mix of VHF and UHF and is due to be switched off 'later' (just like Oz). The terrestrial system is the equivalent of 7HD, 9HD etc.

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  #267628 28-Oct-2009 10:42
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Dingbatt: as far as I know there aren't any hybrid satellite/terrestrial boxes.

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  #267641 28-Oct-2009 11:33
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Dingbatt: as far as I know there aren't any hybrid satellite/terrestrial boxes.

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