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


392 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 8


Topic # 9753 10-Oct-2006 20:03
Send private message

Simple question, will set top boxes purchased in the UK work over here if not why not?

cheers

Bernard

Create new topic
27061 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 6506

Moderator
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 48248 10-Oct-2006 20:14
Send private message

DVB-T boxes?


871 posts

Ultimate Geek

Trusted

  Reply # 48249 10-Oct-2006 20:14
Send private message

It all depends, its specifications and the specifications where you are going...



392 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 8


  Reply # 48250 10-Oct-2006 20:17
Send private message

I was going to purchase a set top box from the UK to use over here next year, and wonderdc if it will work?

6312 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 293

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 48251 10-Oct-2006 20:17
Send private message

DVB-S (satellite) FTA STb's will work with no problems at all, Satellite STBs for SkyUK's service will not work as even though the services use the same technology they are network locked at firmware level making it near impossible to move them across.

DVB-T (DTT) boxs may or may not work. The UK boxs have firmware that pretty much lock them into the services as provided in the UK, to let them act in a untethered mode is anyones guess, ie you may not have control over modulation parameters as these are fixed in firmware, this may stop them from working easily here. The cost of boxes here is pretty low (<$250 or 80quid) so why bother.

The DVB-T boxs currently available in NZ are fully flexible as FTA box's, however the UK's FreeView firmware used in the UK can limit what flexibity you are offered even the at hardware level the box is fully compatible.

Cyril



392 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 8


  Reply # 48253 10-Oct-2006 20:31
Send private message

The Fusion FRT102 see

http://www.radioandtelly.co.uk/freeviewreceivers.html


Which works out at only $60.00 would you think it would work or not

cheers

I iz your trusted friend
5802 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 140

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 48256 10-Oct-2006 20:35
Send private message

in short, don't bring in things that are certified for use in NZ's airwaves. sucks but that's reality.




Internet is my backyard...

 

«Geekzone blog: Tech 'n Chips Takeaway» «Personal blog: And then...»

 

Please read the Geekzone's FUG

 




392 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 8


  Reply # 48258 10-Oct-2006 20:40
Send private message

Ok but all I want to know is if it will work or not.
I did not want to go in to the legal issues or the rights or worongs of the matter!

thanks

6312 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 293

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 48277 10-Oct-2006 23:09
Send private message

In theory it will work, the UHF band in the UK is essentially the same plan as here, as is the fact that it uses 8MHz channeling. Assuming the firmware lets you set the modulation parameters (ie 8kcarriers, guard interval, FEC etc) then it should work no problem.

It should be remembered that some of the FreeView STB's have firmware that expects certain UK FreeView exclusive SI information to operate, if you choose one of those STB's then there is a chance it will not work. A basic FTA DVB-T receiver that is fully manual configurable should be fine. Unless I looked at the what features the firmware offered (by using it) I can not comment further.

Cyril

Create new topic

Twitter »

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:



Geekzone Live »

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



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.