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# 82285 26-Apr-2011 18:40
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Am I missing something? (OK, calm down, I don't want an answer to that one <bg>).

I notice that virtually all new TVs now come with digital tuners, and that they are of the DVB-T/UHF antenna variety.

Why don't any of the TV's come with DVB-S satellite tuners?


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  # 462693 26-Apr-2011 18:51
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Hi, the market for DVB-S inbuild tuners simply is not there. Its seems in Europe, Middle East and Asia where DVB-S services are king that the preference is not for inbuilt tuners, maybe the wide variety of service providers within anyone market means that to have multi STBs is not uncommon.


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  # 462695 26-Apr-2011 18:52
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Because they already have a digital terrestrial and an analogue tuner?
Because DVB-S is only standard definition in NZ?

To put another tuner in, means they'd need to reduce the number of other inputs / outputs in order to keep the price the same... and some of the entry level TV's have next to no connectivity to begin with!
Look at the new Panasonic's in the UK - both UHF and Satellite tuners, but fewer connections (missing VGA for 2011 interestingly enough - which is a pain in the butt if you've got an older HTPC).

We MAY get both options in NZ when analogue is turned off though...?

It'd be interesting to hear the manufacturers opinion though.


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  # 462711 26-Apr-2011 19:33
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Thanks guys, nice replies.


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  # 462716 26-Apr-2011 19:50
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So do new tv's not come with VHF tuners built in now?

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  # 462771 26-Apr-2011 21:48
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So do new tv's not come with VHF tuners built in now?


New TVs have analogue and digital tuners built in though the analogue tuners will be of no use in 2013 after ASO date. They're not really of any use now if you're in a Freeview area.

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