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Wannabe Geek


#48891 17-Nov-2009 11:18
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Hi guys,


So my family recently purchased a Sony 40" FullHD LCD TV with built-in freeview, and when I set it up and turned it on my parents were a little disappointed at the quality, but my attempts at trying to explain that the signal wasn't being broadcasted at fullHD didn't mean much to them.  So I really want to get freeview up and running so they can see the awesome picture that freeviewHD can give us.


So I've tried to do some research and get my head around HD, freeview, sky HDi and the best way to setup, but I'm still a little confused.  Can someone please fill me in.  Here's my questions:


1. We have regular sky right now, but we obviously want to take advantage of our new FullHD TV.  What is the best way to go about this?


2. Can I still run freeview and sky at the same time? and what freeview should I be getting? From what I've read, if I want freeviewHD, I just need a UHF aerial.  But can I have the sky dish for sky and the aerial for freeview too? or is there a better way to do this? such as running them both from the satellite? but then freeview wouldn't be fullHD right?


3. Is SkyHDi worth getting too? 


4. Is freeviewHD running off an aerial tuned through analogue on the TV?


Confusing aye? tell me about it lol. Hope someone can make sense of my little mess.  I think in essence I just need help with the best way to setup freeview and sky while making the most of my new FullHD tv.


Please someone help!


cheers guys.






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Ultimate Geek


  #273800 17-Nov-2009 11:22
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Best option would be if you need Sky to get (My)SkyHDI via satellite and depending on where you live get FreeviewHD using the TV and an UHF aerial.







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Wannabe Geek


  #273825 17-Nov-2009 11:47
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Okay, so I'll be all good running both a satellite and an aerial? I can't just run freeview and skyHDi off same satellite? Doesn't SkyHDi broadcast the basic channels 1,2 and 3 in HD anyway?
And can anyone recommend an aerial for me to buy today?


thanks for quick reply too!




 
 
 
 


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Ultimate Geek


  #273830 17-Nov-2009 11:58
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You can but not without buying a new set top box. eg You can't use the TV's built in Freeview with a satellite dish.

Try www.freeviewshop.co.nz for a terestrial aerial. Where do you live in NZ as this will also effect your aability to get Freeview HD.







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Wannabe Geek


  #273831 17-Nov-2009 12:06
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ok, so new aerial it is. I'm in central Auckland, so coverage should be fine I think. Was just wondering how practical it is though, to have freeview and sky running, I mean wouldn't you be constantly switching between the different inputs between the HD sky channels and then switching to freeview to watch channels 1, 2 and 3 for example?


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Ultimate Geek


  #273832 17-Nov-2009 12:10
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If you don't require any of the Freeview only channels (is there any) then there is no need for it as like you said 1,2,3,4,6,7,prime are all on sky in HD.







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Wannabe Geek


  #273835 17-Nov-2009 12:23
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are they though? I thought that the only sky channels that were in HD were the movie and sports channels?

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Ultimate Geek


  #273836 17-Nov-2009 12:24
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And vice versa if you don't get sport or movies with Sky, then there is no point in paying for SkyHDi as a UHF aerial with get you HD TV1, TV2, TV3.





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Uber Geek


  #273837 17-Nov-2009 12:30
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kznefkt: are they though? I thought that the only sky channels that were in HD were the movie and sports channels?


Sky carry TV1/2/3 in HD + have access to 6/7

http://www.throng.co.nz/tvnz/sky-bag-tvnz-hd-plus-tvnz-6-7

So really if you are happy to get MyskyHDi, you dont really need to do anthing else.



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Wannabe Geek


  #273850 17-Nov-2009 13:11
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ok guys, thanks a lot for the help, I think I'm a bit more clearer on things now.

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Uber Geek


  #273962 17-Nov-2009 17:14
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Is your new TV tuned to analog or digital TV, maybe you are watching analog TV, do you have TV3+1/TVNZ6/TVNZ7 channels tuned?




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Wannabe Geek


  #273966 17-Nov-2009 17:38
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I haven't tuned the TV in analogue or digital, it's only connected to sky and I'm watching tv through sky.



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Wannabe Geek


  #273969 17-Nov-2009 17:41
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update: picked up new antenna from dick smith

http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/4b0223eb013461a02740c0a87f3b0658/Product/View/L4735

put it altogether, but I think I'm going to need someone to mount it properly. Anyone who can do this for me or know someone who can cheaply?

cheers

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Uber Geek


  #274019 17-Nov-2009 19:56
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ahh Freeview|HD DVB-T is much higher resolution than sky




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Ultimate Geek


  #274122 18-Nov-2009 08:25
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If it has a D-Clamp on the aerial mount you should be able to put it onto the analogue aerial mast with no hassle at all.

Do some research into the aerial on the roof, it may be as simple of taking off the analogue aerial (if you have one, it is pretty much useless now) and putting the new UHF aerial in it's place and screwing in the cable. That's best case. Worst case is another aerial pole, more wiring, and someone to do it for you.




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  #274131 18-Nov-2009 09:04
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kznefkt: update: picked up new antenna from dick smith

http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/4b0223eb013461a02740c0a87f3b0658/Product/View/L4735

put it altogether, but I think I'm going to need someone to mount it properly. Anyone who can do this for me or know someone who can cheaply?

cheers

And you probably need to have cable run, i.e., RG6, between TV and antenna. It may pay to use a scart to component lead between sky decoder and TV, at least you make tha best of a very low quality service.




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