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# 11856 15-Feb-2007 12:09
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We have a *really* old UHF decoder, the model I belive is Videocrypt IRD1S, its a black box.

Our setup has the Aerial cable going to the decoder, to the VHS and then to the TV - we are not using the Scart output (and so to use sky we tune a TV channel into it)

Our TV only accepts composite cable.

Is there any reason to upgrade? It works ok, the channels are scrambled for a few secs before the picture shows... I don't know if that is any different with more modern equipment. With a scart connection would we view sky via AV1 (or AV2) rather than tuning a channel to it?

And will sky charge $40 to do so?


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  # 60878 15-Feb-2007 12:35
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You would get an improvement in picture quality by using the AV output rather than the RF output, but not a lot as the picture is pretty poor to start with.

The advantage in going to Sky Digital is both a better picture compared to the old UHF analog service, and programming choice. However there is a cost, depending on what programs you watch you can expect and increase of around $25/month, however you go from 3-4 channels to 50odd. ie UHF analog SkyMovies1, Sport1, Sky1, is $54, compared to a full 50odd channels including SkySports 1,2,3 and ESPN, SkyMovies1,2,MGM etc at $79.

In my view based on what our household watches, I would not concider the UHF analog service as value or worth having.


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