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Topic # 24367 22-Jul-2008 11:56
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Hi Guys,

Considering installing freeview for my parents in Kaikoura so its satelite only therefore dont need aHD tuner as we cant get High Defvia a satelite right?  Just wondering if there is any good cheap TV's that have an integrated tuner?

I see from other threads the Sony Bravia's have the HD tuners integrated but they arent cheap!

I see alot of Australian TV's have integrated MPEG tuners can these work in NZ (I'm betting probably not?) or is it completely different standards?

In the meantime I'm getting them a setop box but as they currently have one of those warehouse style Cobolt 29" tv's  and I know theyll hate having two devices (the dvd player is bad enough put it that way) be nice if I could replace the tv with something integrated.


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  Reply # 150217 22-Jul-2008 12:20
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I'm a wee bit confused by your post.

First of all all integrated tuners and STB's in NZ are HD - there is no such thing in NZ as a non HD capable Freeview IDT or STB. No TV's in Australia that only have an MPEG2 tuner will work in NZ.

Secondly Kaikoura has no DVB-T coverage, it may be possible to receive a signal from Wellington or Christchurch but this would certainly not be guaranteed so you're really after a satellite receiver, not a terrestrial one. THis will also require a satellite dish if you don't have one. There are no TV's in NZ (that I have seen) with build in DVB-S tuners. They do exist and are available in Europe but I've yet to see one in the marketplace. If you were to import a TV with a DVB-S tuner then providing it meets a few basic requirements then it will work fine.

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  Reply # 150232 22-Jul-2008 12:46
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  Reply # 150272 22-Jul-2008 14:02
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sbiddle: I'm a wee bit confused by your post.

Yep I was getting confused between DVB-S and DVB-T integrated tuners.  I' knew kaikoura can only get the satelite based freeview.

Thanks your post cleared everything up I think I'll just stick with a normal external DVB-S decoder/receiver and wait a couple of years for better T.V's to arrive.

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  Reply # 150275 22-Jul-2008 14:07
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A couple of points.

If you do need a satellite dish then Sky have a deal where they will install a dish and a decoder that is locked to Prime in areas where there is no Prime UHF coverage.  Last time I looked the cost was $149.  When your folks have finished watching prime they can send the decoder back, but the dish will stay and can be hooked up the any satellite set-top-box (or retain prime and use a splitter to the STB).

It may be worth a Satellite PVR (like the topfield ones) to reduce the number of boxes.  That at least gets rid of a VCR (if they have one).  That's what I did for my in-laws and after convincing them that the TV remote was only for turning the TV on and off and that the STB remote could be used for everything else things have worked okay.

It would be interesting to see if the dish Sky installed was capable of taking the MySky2 HDi PVR right from installation.

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  Reply # 150279 22-Jul-2008 14:13
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Dingbatt: A couple of points.

It may be worth a Satellite PVR (like the topfield ones) to reduce the number of boxes. 

Thats a good point.  I seen the likes of this on trademe only thing that concerns me is I've never heard of the brand so wondering If I should just stick to something well known.

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