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.


2378 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1102

Trusted
Subscriber

Topic # 148731 29-Jun-2014 11:08
Send private message

I have an old panasonic TH42PV500 which I am pretty sure comes with a digital tuner. Question: if I connect the TV to a sky satellite cable, will I be able to tune into freeview stations?

If yes, I assume that I can buy a cable adapter that will attach to the sky cable for plugging into the standard aerial in on the TV?

Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer Create new topic
5107 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1636


  Reply # 1076427 29-Jun-2014 11:13
2 people support this post
Send private message

No, it will have a terrestrial tuner, not satellite. You either need a UHF antenna (if you are in a Freeview|HD area) or a satellite STB.

2042 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 336

Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1076515 29-Jun-2014 13:32
Send private message

Belling Lee sockets on TVs never have a LNB/dish attached. That simple.




Ross

 

Spark FibreMAX using Mikrotik CCR1009-8G-1S-1S+

 


Speed Test


1929 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 129


  Reply # 1076591 29-Jun-2014 16:35
Send private message

And from what I can find online via google it is analogue only, the screen resolution is only 1024x768 so it's only use is probably as a boat anchor..

2553 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1205


  Reply # 1076592 29-Jun-2014 16:43
Send private message

B1GGLZ: And from what I can find online via google it is analogue only, the screen resolution is only 1024x768 so it's only use is probably as a boat anchor..


It would be OK as a set for satellite Freeview, as the transmission is so awful and low resolution that spending to get a better TV is verging on pointless. The OP will, however, have to spend at least circa $80-90 on a cheap set top box to use connect it to the dish like he wants.

2042 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 336

Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1076596 29-Jun-2014 16:48
Send private message

References to Freeview tuners re: this TV apply to UK DVB-T mpeg2 tuners, wouldn't work in NZ even if included in NZ models as we use H.264.




Ross

 

Spark FibreMAX using Mikrotik CCR1009-8G-1S-1S+

 


Speed Test




2378 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1102

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1076621 29-Jun-2014 17:46
Send private message

B1GGLZ: And from what I can find online via google it is analogue only, the screen resolution is only 1024x768 so it's only use is probably as a boat anchor..


The main set is a newish 65 panny. The 42 is a second set, the blacks are pretty average, but it came with great speakers and it still looks pretty good with 720p

929 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 39


  Reply # 1076785 30-Jun-2014 06:31
One person supports this post
Send private message

There is no way its old 2005 internal tuner would work with Freeview. To make it work with Freeview in HD you need an HDMI cable, a Freeview terrestrial tuner set top box and a UHF aerial within range of a broadcast mast.

Your plasma uses 341 watts so that's about $1 of electricity for every 12 hours of operation.



2378 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1102

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1076832 30-Jun-2014 09:21
Send private message

bfginger: There is no way its old 2005 internal tuner would work with Freeview. To make it work with Freeview in HD you need an HDMI cable, a Freeview terrestrial tuner set top box and a UHF aerial within range of a broadcast mast.

Your plasma uses 341 watts so that's about $1 of electricity for every 12 hours of operation.


Ok, thanks - could I get a Freeview satellite set top box and hook the sky satellite cable in, rather than UHF aerial? If yes, any recommendations on a cost effective box?

How times change - what was 'start-of-the-art' HD-ready flagship in 2005 is now a power-hungry boat anchor. Sigh. Now we are entering the new 4k error, will my Panasonic 65" Viera plasma  be all but useless in a couple of years time ...

Banana?
4444 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1057

Subscriber

  Reply # 1076889 30-Jun-2014 10:32
Send private message

dafman:
bfginger: There is no way its old 2005 internal tuner would work with Freeview. To make it work with Freeview in HD you need an HDMI cable, a Freeview terrestrial tuner set top box and a UHF aerial within range of a broadcast mast.

Your plasma uses 341 watts so that's about $1 of electricity for every 12 hours of operation.


Ok, thanks - could I get a Freeview satellite set top box and hook the sky satellite cable in, rather than UHF aerial? If yes, any recommendations on a cost effective box?

How times change - what was 'start-of-the-art' HD-ready flagship in 2005 is now a power-hungry boat anchor. Sigh. Now we are entering the new 4k error, will my Panasonic 65" Viera plasma  be all but useless in a couple of years time ...


Any satellite box should be fine. I don't think there are any out there significantly better than others. The UI on them all is pretty average, and the remotes pretty clunky, but they get the job done and display a watchable picture. Pop into your nearest Noel's, DSE, JB HiFi or Warehouse, they will sort you out.

2042 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 336

Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1077214 30-Jun-2014 17:52
Send private message

Don't use a sat box, picture quality is vulgar.




Ross

 

Spark FibreMAX using Mikrotik CCR1009-8G-1S-1S+

 


Speed Test


1929 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 129


  Reply # 1077252 30-Jun-2014 18:52
Send private message

Spyware: Don't use a sat box, picture quality is vulgar.

+1
If you are in a UHF area get a UHF antenna and UHF STB. Much better picture quality even on your low res screen.

1929 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 129


  Reply # 1077256 30-Jun-2014 18:57
Send private message

dafman:
The main set is a newish 65 panny. The 42 is a second set, the blacks are pretty average, but it came with great speakers and it still looks pretty good with 720p

How do you watch TV now? Does this mean you already have a UHF antenna for the 65 Panny? If so just use a splitter to run the antenna to the Panny and a UHF STB for the 42.

5072 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2063


  Reply # 1078643 2-Jul-2014 14:47
Send private message

I have a dish S7090.  Despite the poor quality of the Freeview satellite signal, it up-scales to an acceptable picture quality for watching TV.  Not HD by any means but watchable for general TV and sport.




Mike

Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer 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.