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# 111478 4-Nov-2012 23:38
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Hi

I just looking in to freeview top boxes so my older gear can be used

I looked at noel lemming and dick smith and all the top
boxes offer just one tuner output in various formats like hdmi

Im wondering if theres a box with 3 channels or more outputs
on back so I can send 1 channel to a dvr and another to
a second dvr and 3rd to the tv so can record 2 and watch 1
channel like

ideally it would have both sat and terrestrial UHF so
its more usable later.. but at the moment the sat only feeds
to the lounge area with mysky

so Im looking to run of UHF to these devices

I know pcs usb have multiple channels and software that
splits all channels from (2 for sat or 3 for t)
but Im looking for non pc gear

as I paid like $800 to 1000 for these dvrs 2-3 years ago
and not had much
use for recording tv so its a  shame to dump them for
a new panasonic with multituners and more cost

when a nice multiple channel tunner box would do
even if its 3 times the price of the $100 top sets about

as seems crazy and heaps more space in cabinet having
3 top boxes for 3 ext devices

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  # 711998 5-Nov-2012 06:07
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Yes, but not for a price that'll be likely in your budget.

I've never seen a consumer grade STB anywhere in the world that has the ability to output multiple channels. Start looking at DVB-T distribution gear and you should be able to pick something up for maybe somewhere around $5k or so that'll give you DVB-T, DVB-S, component and composite input and DVB-T output on multiple channels. The problem you will face though is none of your gear is DVB-T capable so you're potentially back to square one.

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  # 712505 5-Nov-2012 19:01
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As sbiddle says, you are describing commercial kit that's *way* outside your stated budget.

Options are basically:
- commercial kit (very expensive);
- a PC-based solution (IMHO, the most elegant for what you want); or
- split the aerial/dish connection, and have one tuner to feed each DVR (cheap but clunky and ugly)





 
 
 
 


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  # 712670 6-Nov-2012 08:38
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sbiddle: 
I've never seen a consumer grade STB anywhere in the world that has the ability to output multiple channels. 


KAON KSF-620R2 - Twin tuner satellite receiver with independent outputs
(designed as a multiroom unit but works fine in a single room for multiple recording as per the OP)




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  # 712832 6-Nov-2012 12:32
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yes 2 - twin tuners would work I guess.. still stupid cant buy 3-4 mult tuner boxes

they sort of let many of us down with that.. with the switch over and not providing the means
for old gear (a few years old) to be still used


anyhow I really need a non satellite version.. each room has uhf but no sat splitters in the walls

house is new with 2 utp panels and 2 uhf panels but only the main rooms have satellite

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