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#77783 22-Feb-2011 10:42
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Hi guys,

I just bought a TV over from the US - mainly to run my game console from in the spare room.

However, it comes with an ATSC tuner - and I was wondering if it means I can tune Freeview into it? Specs are:

Compatibility Modes

  • TV Tuner Capability: NTSC, ATSC

  • Component (through VGA connector): 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p

  • HDMI: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p


  • Optimum Resolution: 1920x1080


  • Antenna in RF Input

  • Video +LR Audio (Composite) Input

  • 2 HDMI Input

  • D-Sub (VGA) Input

  • PC Audio (mini) Input

  • SPDIF Digital Audio (Optical) Output

  • LR Analog Audio (RCA) Output

  • Optional Accessory Dongle Set

  • YPbPr-to-D-Sub (VGA)

  • LR Analog Audio (RCA)-to-Mini Jack Audio

Any advice or help would be appreciated.


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Ultimate Geek

  #442299 22-Feb-2011 11:22
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The ATSC tuner is useless here. Freeview HD is broadcast by DVB-T, and Freeview satellite by DVB-S.

If you want to receive Freeview, you'll need to buy a set-top box.


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Uber Geek

  #442334 22-Feb-2011 11:57
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michaelt: The ATSC tuner is useless here. Freeview HD is broadcast by DVB-T, and Freeview satellite by DVB-S.

If you want to receive Freeview, you'll need to buy a set-top box.

+1 on ATSC being a useful as "t*ts on a bull" in this part of the world,
as michaelt said NZ use the Euro flavour DVB-T for FTA HD

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Uber Geek

  #442335 22-Feb-2011 12:00
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you can see here - ATSC is only really used in north America


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  #442336 22-Feb-2011 12:00
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Thanks guys - appreciate it

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Uber Geek

  #442507 22-Feb-2011 19:22
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Some televisions sold in the USA won't display the 1080i50Hz HD signal used in NZ.

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