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Master Geek


# 41900 24-Sep-2009 18:26
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Hi, I currently have Sky Digital working in my lounge. Had it installed a while ago (the dish, the receiver PACE DS-230 etc). It connects to my TV via composite cable (not very good i know, but it satisfies for now).

I now want to be able to watch some kind of TV in my bedroom. I know one of my options are to split output from the box and wire it to my bedroom meaning i will only have to watch the same channel on my bedroom tv. I could also get Magic Eye or any IR transmitter which will allow me to change channels.

However, I would like to have Freeview in my bedroom. I currently do not have a freeview box. I can purchase a freeview decoder for the tv or a USB freeview TV tuner for my PC. i dont understand what kind of tuner must i buy, analogue / digital /dvb-s /dvb-t ...please help

Lastly, what input / signal goes into the usb tuner or the freeview box. Must i run some new coax from the existing sky dish? What are my options? Before we got SKY digital, there was an old cable coming from our roof which went into  our tv to get 1,2,3 c4 etc..this cable is stilll there but not used

Appreciate the help.


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Master Geek


  # 258154 24-Sep-2009 19:22
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Hi there. You could use a splitter (5 - 2450 Mhz) suitable for satellite signals at you Sky box and run the 2nd cable from the splitter to your bedroom to a satellite receiver hooked to your TV. The splitter should have the power pass port connected to the Sky decoder as the LNB power is always on from the Sky box. This will enable you to watch all freeview channels in your bedroom.

Hope this helps.

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  # 258155 24-Sep-2009 19:26
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First question - where do you live? ie are you within Freeview DVB-T coverage? Secondly is the PC connected to the main tv and what OS do you run?

 
 
 
 




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Master Geek


  # 258167 24-Sep-2009 20:31
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Mattv: First question - where do you live? ie are you within Freeview DVB-T coverage? Secondly is the PC connected to the main tv and what OS do you run?


live in blockhouse bay auckland, my neigbour gets perfrect freeview!

No the PC isnt connected to any TV. running  Windows 7 32 bit , amd dual core with ATI 4670 with 4GB ram



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  # 258171 24-Sep-2009 20:49
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kiwisat: Hi there. You could use a splitter (5 - 2450 Mhz) suitable for satellite signals at you Sky box and run the 2nd cable from the splitter to your bedroom to a satellite receiver hooked to your TV. The splitter should have the power pass port connected to the Sky decoder as the LNB power is always on from the Sky box. This will enable you to watch all freeview channels in your bedroom.

Hope this helps.


yeah thanks for that paul. Its starting to make sense.

What splitter do you recommend? And where can i purchase from? I know i can google it but i want to be sure i am getting the right one.

Cheers

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Master Geek


  # 258183 24-Sep-2009 21:52
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You can purchase all from me if you want. I can even sell you a freeview receiver which has a slot for a sky card if you want to take Sky to bed. Just take the card from the decoder and slip it into the freeview box and bingo.

I can courier and / or install if required

021 681371

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  # 258184 24-Sep-2009 22:00
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bikinibottom100: live in blockhouse bay auckland, my neigbour gets perfrect freeview!

No the PC isnt connected to any TV. running Windows 7 32 bit , amd dual core with ATI 4670 with 4GB ram


kiwisat's solution sounds interesting.

However if you could connect the PC to the TV and felt like spending a bit extra I can recommend the tuner card option and buying an XBOX360 for the bedroom. It all works very nicely with Win 7 plus it can do a lot more than a simple tuner/decoder box (PVR, music etc)

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