On its' way to the decoder, I have run the cable through a splitter. One half of the input goes to the TV, which can then display the free-to-air channels, 1 2 3 Prime, The Box, C4, maybe one or two others. The other half of the input goes to the decoder, which in turn is fed to a third party (Sony) DVD recorder/player.
This allows recording a channel - free to air or otherwise - on the DVD recorder, while at the same time watching one of the free to air channels on the TV, with selection of the appropriate inputs.
It seems that since the analogue service was discontinued, this is no longer possible. Any TV channel selected displays the Telstra message to the effect of "this service no longer provided." (with an invite to upgrade.)
Anybody know a workaround?
The TV is a middle aged Sony CRT. The other gear is all Sony "QS" series, about 5 years old.