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Master Geek

Topic # 87190 22-Jul-2011 11:00
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I'm looking for setup Freeview HD on my parents room with my old 720p 17" LCD TV without HDMI connectivity.

Is there any "CHEAP but RELIABLE" decoder to recommend?

They're not very much up to recording contents, though EPG support might be nice.

They are particularly want to watch channels from TV1 and V1-V6 from Sky Tower.



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  Reply # 496660 22-Jul-2011 13:08
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Why bother with HD component out on a 17" TV? You may as well just use composite, in which case any STB on the market will work.

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  Reply # 496672 22-Jul-2011 13:22
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Cause it's old NTSC LCD TV :)


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  Reply # 496838 22-Jul-2011 17:21
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NTSC? V1-6? I presume this TV is from South Korea? New Zealand is a 50Hz broadcast country and NTSC is a 60Hz format. Most older 60Hz LCDs either cannot accept a 50Hz signal or only accept 50Hz from standard definition sources.

The V1-6 channels are not on Freeview or at least not yet. Some Freeview approved devices might not want to tune into them. Freeview approved receivers do not do HD over component.

If the LCD supports DVI it may be possible to plug it in via an HDMI to DVI converter. Freeview approved receivers will require HDCP over DVI/HDMI which this TV may or may not support. If it supports HDCP over DVI then any Freeview receiver should be able to send it HD with a cheap converter.

If it does not have HDCP then probably the best model would be the HDT HD801s which does HD over component and so probably does HD over HDMI/DVI without HDCP.

But if it doesn't support 50Hz then it isn't very useful for broadcast television in NZ. It is possible to transcode 50Hz to 60Hz but there is a hit on quality and the only Freeview unit that does that is the MagicTV.

But to be honest if they're on a tight budget they're better off replacing the LCD with a SD CRT with S-video. Vastly better image quality if it is not worn out and a larger viewable area. And people are giving them away.

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  Reply # 496900 22-Jul-2011 19:22
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Shin: Cause it's old NTSC LCD TV :)

As pointed out above you're probably better off checking this TV is of any use before you buy a STB.

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  Reply # 496969 22-Jul-2011 23:04
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yes i have tested PAL game console using component cable, its working fine.

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  Reply # 496982 23-Jul-2011 00:15
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Its usually only the USA that buggers things up without the 50Hz modes, the rest of the world has enough people that expect multisystem that they dont play stupid games with disabling modes in them.


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  Reply # 497061 23-Jul-2011 11:57
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my mate owns this and has used it for about two weeks and says its great

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