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Topic # 24905 6-Aug-2008 11:47
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Hi
I have brought a Zinwell Freeview HD reciever and am wondering if I can tune in non freeview channels.  At the moment I watch the Freeview channels via the AV HDMI channel and if I want to watch Sky which i currently have running via RF to my TV I have to switch from the AV channel to TV.   
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  Reply # 154616 6-Aug-2008 12:33
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Hi, I presume you have Sky digital, if so why do you use the RF output, this is very limiting on performance, which needs all the help it can get. As you using your DTT tuner to tune non FreeView channels, not possible. But you should be using a AV input for your Sky, most Sky decoders will support composite, S-Video and Component.

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  Reply # 154621 6-Aug-2008 13:06
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Yeah the freeview boxes only have tuners for one type of signal in them.  A freeview HD tuner can only work with digital UHF signals and a freeview satellite tuner can only work with satellite type signals.  The only way to do this currently is via a HTPC where you can buy cards that allow one box to tune a mix of input signals.  Either way SKY channels will still have to come from a sky box.

Hopefully your TV has several inputs at the back.  As Cyril says you'll want to put sky into your TV via a spare component, S-video or AV input, and the freeview in via an HDMI input if possible.

In practise you'll need a UHF aerial to receive the HD signals.  You'll use the freeview box for all your free to air channels.  The same aerial will feed into your TV as well so you'll still be able to tune in Prime (Cos Prime is still not on freeivew).  And finally you should use another input into your TV for Sky.



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  Reply # 154636 6-Aug-2008 13:56
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The Sky digital is another room and i am just feeding the sihgnal to the other TVs via RF incl this one.  I am getting SkyHD soon so I may get my Sky box moved so they I can fully maximise my new HD TV.  I will then need to work out how I get an HD signal to my other TV.

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