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Topic # 21495 28-Apr-2008 22:15
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If I have a 1080i TV without HDMI input, just component, am I able to get the full 1080i experience from a set top box?
The website says you need HDMI, but I've been running it off the computer which of course doesn't need anything special to connect to a TV, so why is it different?

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  Reply # 126928 28-Apr-2008 23:18
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Twaddle, composite supports standard definition only - please try again.




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  Reply # 126946 29-Apr-2008 00:40
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Dalmuti, an HDMI connection is needed to receive the High Definition signal from the Freeview|HD STB due to the presence of HDCP.

Although component is available as a connection option, you'll get a high-quality SD signal instead.




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  Reply # 126951 29-Apr-2008 01:02
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Actually, after seeing one of the HD boxes in action, I would call it a low quality component out. Its scaler, well sucked.




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  Reply # 126976 29-Apr-2008 09:12
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Rats. And I spose thats just so people can't use their dvd recorders to make high quality recordings of their fav shows instead of buying the dvd. Even though anyone can do it with a PC anyway.
Thats disappointing, I was hoping to get my parents onto the system but there's no point now.
Anyway thanks for clearing that up for me.

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  Reply # 126987 29-Apr-2008 09:56
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I would suggest that a "wait and see" approach be taken before you draw any conclusions. There will be a couple of non Freeview approved boxes on the market shortly and these may meet your requirements.

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  Reply # 126988 29-Apr-2008 09:57
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Dalmuti: Rats. And I spose thats just so people can't use their dvd recorders to make high quality recordings of their fav shows instead of buying the dvd. Even though anyone can do it with a PC anyway.
Thats disappointing, I was hoping to get my parents onto the system but there's no point now.
Anyway thanks for clearing that up for me.


Given that most DVD recorders dont even have component as an input option (most have S-video at best), I think you're dreaming about getting a high quality recording on a stand alone recorder.

You will need to wait until DVD recorders come with built in DVB-T/DVB-S tuners before you will get anything that resembles a good quality recording.

Even then Im sure it will only record in SD due to the HDCP copy protection. In the end I dont think it will ever be better than DVD quality at best.

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  Reply # 126991 29-Apr-2008 10:08
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Wank wank I dont actually want to record to DVD's, I can do that on the computer anyway, was just using it as an example.

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