Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

20 posts


# 19742 28-Feb-2008 19:01
Send private message

Hi, a complete novice here with a question regarding Digital set top boxes,
when i programme a vcr / hard drive recorder to record a programme while i dont want to miss, how can i get the STB to change channels?  
Is there another way this could be done?

Create new topic
6697 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 565


  # 113610 28-Feb-2008 19:04
Send private message

What STB, they are all different, also, is it  Sky or FTA or FreeView one.


20 posts


  # 113616 28-Feb-2008 19:45
Send private message

sorry i should have been a bit clearer, i dont have any digital tv at the moment, i am looking into getting Freeview but i have my reservations. i am wanting to look at all options and find the best one to suit me.
Currently with the normal analogue set up we have at the moment, there is 5 tvs in our household and most nights there is something different on each one - kids never want to watch what we parents watch, plus i can record 1 channel on my dvd hard drive and watch another at the same time. Freeview has told me that this is not possible and so i have to look at getting several STBs for our house.
will i need to dedicate a STB to a recorder to achive programmed recordings?


2721 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1233

Lifetime subscriber

  # 113633 28-Feb-2008 20:55
Send private message

In short yes, you will need a dedicated tuner to record if you want to watch other channels.  There are a number of STB's that have dual Satellite inputs so that allows you to watch one and record another.  Some STB's do support recording and watching on the same transponder, IE you could watch TV2, and record TV1, but not watch TV3 and record TV1 since TVNZ and Canwest (TV3 et al) are on different transponders.

If you are planning to get multiple STB's for multiple rooms you will need good quality RG6 Coax cabling around the house, plus I assume you already have a dish?  If not you will need a dish + splitter + RG6 Dual Shielded coax + STB for each TV.

This is assuming you are wanting Satellite based Freeview.  If you are planning to use DTT and not satellite then hopefully as long as the UHF signal around your house is good enough then you may be able to get away with your current cabling.  The only issue will be the expensive ($550 from quotes thus far, not that a fully working box is on the market in NZ yet) boxes you will need to buy.

Create new topic

Twitter and LinkedIn »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

Xero announces new smarter tools, push into the North American market
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:20

New report by Unisys shows New Zealanders want action by social platform companies and police to monitor social media sites
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:09

ASB adds Google Pay option to contactless payments
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:05

New Zealand PC Market declines on the back of high channel inventory, IDC reports
Posted 18-Jun-2019 17:35

Air New Zealand uses drones to inspect aircraft
Posted 17-Jun-2019 15:39

TCL Electronics launches its first-ever 8K TV
Posted 17-Jun-2019 15:18

E-scooter share scheme launches in Wellington
Posted 17-Jun-2019 12:34

Anyone can broadcast with Kordia Pop Up TV
Posted 13-Jun-2019 10:51

Volvo and Uber present production vehicle ready for self-driving
Posted 13-Jun-2019 10:47

100,000 customers connected to fibre broadband network through Enable
Posted 13-Jun-2019 10:35

5G uptake even faster than expected
Posted 12-Jun-2019 10:01

Xbox showcases 60 anticipated games
Posted 10-Jun-2019 20:24

Trend Micro Turns Public Hotspots into Secure Networks with WiFi Protection for Mobile Devices
Posted 5-Jun-2019 13:24

Bold UK spinoff for beauty software company Flossie
Posted 2-Jun-2019 14:10

Amazon Introduces Echo Show 5
Posted 1-Jun-2019 15:32

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.