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  1. There are two NZ forums that could be of help to you. http://nzdtv.com/forum/index.php and http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp As for your exact issue, as I dont live in Auckland I cannot comment on the issues in your area, but from what I have seen you have started working through a reasonable approach of experimentation. However I should point out that reception issues in your area seems to be a common issue, so an installer with experience and a meter would probably be the go. Cheers Cyril
  2. Hi, Nixon, DTH stands for Direct To Home, ie via satellite, its a term originally used for satellite transmissions in the US, ie they did not go via a terrestial transmitter but directly to your home. And yes I refer to the same issues, its all happend because TVNZ decided to to regional adverts for TV1, therefore there are now 4streams of TV1 on the mux that has made bit rates drop, as during normal programming all 4 streams have the identical material the advantages of Variable rate encoding and statistical mulitplexing go out the window. If you want to complain then do so to TVNZ not FreeView as its TVNZs problem and their major shareholders want of a commercial return on investment, so bending your local pollies ear might help to, but dont hold your breath! Robocop, for SD signals (and HD for that matter) there is nothing inferiour about SCART, yes its a bit of a dogs breakfast, but I dont have any reason to suggest that it somehow limits image production. You can get line level audio out of the 3.5mm headphone socket on the rear of the Pace DS230, it actually also has an optical spdif output up the same hole, sadly its not activated in the SkyNZ firmware. Cheers Cyril
  3. The DSR600 along with the Zenith are the original boxs that cannot do component. All can do S-Video and RGB, and all but the above component. As you will be well aware the lower bit rate of Sky transmissions (which is infact better than FreeView DTH now) will limit performance potential regardless of connection. However you can either upgrade your box or go for S-Video, in all honesty S-Video works very well based on the limitations mentioned above and gets around the major hurdles of composite, namely dot crawl (aka chromo/luma crosstalk), luma channel bandwith limiting and side effects of chroma filters, these hurdles are the biggest jumps in improvement when going from composite to S-Vid or Component, the lesser improvements in going from S-Vid to component are very minor in most circumstances. Cyril
  4. Hi Dave, Optus D1 has a NZ spot beam that pretty much limits any usable reception in Aus, I understand that a 3-4m dish could potentially get something but have not seen anyone that has actually done it. Cheers Cyril
  5. Hi Pam, Rain Fade is a fact of life with Ku band Satellite reception (as used by Sky and FreeView) however its not normal (since the upgrade to the new satellite a couple of years ago) that you should experience outages of more than 10-15minutes in total per year and this would only occur during very heavy rain, probably so heavy that you could not hear the TV due to the noise on the roof. I have had Sky and FTA satellite receivers for 10yrs or more and can probably count on a single hand the number of times I have had rain fade that effected reception more than 1-2minutes. If you are experiencing fading in just modest rain then get Sky back to check your dish alignment, as if this is not optimum then a fade that disrupts reception will occur more often. I cannot find a much info on your TV, but there should be an AV button as mentioned above on the remote that will give you access to Sky via the AV input rather than the tuner. Cheers Cyril
  6. Hi Pam, the AV inputs are those that dont use a tuner, ie you dont tune to a RF channel. There are normally selected by pressing the AV button, sometimes this is indicated on the remote (and purhaps front panel of TV) via a square box with an arrow pointing into the box. Pressing this will change away from the tuner to AV1, pressing it again should move to the next AV input, and eventually a further press will return you to the tuner where you can press channel numbers to view offair channels via the tuner. What make/model of TV do you have? Cyril
  7. Hi, glad you got it sorted, you should use the AV cable method rather than via the tuner (ie on channel5 or whatever), the quality is significantly better. Personally I would not bother watching off air analog just watch everything via sky, especially if you have a widescreen TV as all the network channels (TV1,2,3,C4,Prime) are in fulltime widescreen as are most other channels in particular all the movie, and sports channels, whereas the analog offair transmissions are 4:3centre cuts of the 16:9 source. Also if you do have a widescreen TV ensure the Sky box is set correctly to 16:9, this is in the TV settings menu under advanced settings, many installers just leave it incorrectly in 4:3centre cut. If you have an older 4:3 TV but wish to enjoy all the channels in widescreen select 4:3LetterBox. There is more local (NZ) support on GeekZone which is a NZ technology forum, there is a Sky subforum plus lots on technology from a ......Geek perspective. Cheers Cyril
  8. Hi, McBits, PM me and I will talk to you via phone, will be quick to interact than via this Cheers Cyril
  9. Hi, the NZ Sky system is very much the same as Foxtel, even uses the same boxs as the IQ and IQ2 and the standard boxs are pretty much the same as the standard Fox ones. Maybe a little more info would help, as we all know a blue screen can mean lots of things including has he selected the right AV input. PM me if you want me to provide more assistance. Cyril
  10. All SSU channels are firmware update streams so they have no vpids or apids (ie no sound and pics). There is TV3's +1 channel due to launch soon, the reserved channels have always been about on the Sat system, but not noticed any on the DTT system till you mentioned it. Cheers Cyril
  11. I think by flooded RG6 he means gel flooded, which pretty much stops water ingress, I would be very surprised if thats the issue, however connectors are another issue. What BER readings are you getting, the Sonys have a pre and post BER reading if I am not mistaken. I assume you have checked the connection on the antenna and ensured that its not full of water and in good condition. Cyril
  12. Hi Benny, there are others on GZ that have the same issue, I have made my comments there, unfortunately I think you need to return your display to the importers as the problem is fully a issue with Pioneer and their implementation of HDCP in early model displays, here is the link to save me typing it all again. http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?ForumId=106&TopicId=30962 Cheers Cyril
  13. Hi, none of the DVB-T DTT boxs I have dealt with (most if not all mainline ones) have built in modulators, so they simply pass the RF input signal on but dont mix a signal of the mpeg decoder into that like DVB-S boxs do. Cyril
  14. Yes you can split a sky dish many ways, if you start splitting beyond 4-6 then you should concider a line amp to make up for splitter losses, otherwise no amp is needed. You dont need to worry about turning the DC LNB feed off just leave them all on. As said most if not all FTA/FreeView sat boxs have a built in splitter that you can attach your Sky box to, or alternatively you can use a seperate 2GHz (or better) rated splitter, you can get these with one port DC pass or all port DC pass. With the former the STB (Sky or FTA) that is connected to the DC pass port will power the LNB, the other will not supply any current as its DC path is blocked. With an all port DC pass, then steering diodes will pass DC power from the box that has the marginally higher DC supply volts, so no bad things happen, ie you will not short out or blow any tuner up due to forcing DC down its neck. Cyril
  15. You really need to upgrade the RG59, typically it has inadeqate sheilding and significantly higher losses then RG6. Splitting 4ways is the same if you use 3x 2ways or 1x 4way as the 4way is infact constructed of 3 2ways internally, although due to close sighting of all the parts the overall loss may be better by a dB or two. Strongly urge you upgrade to RG6, Duobond (twin shield is fine) although many guys rant and rave about the need to use Quad Shield, in my experience (and due to our exclusive use of BIV/V UHF for DTT) twin shield is fine, use, ideally use gel flooded coax to help resist water ingress. All that said if its too hard at first to change the cable then do as you have proposed, and see how it works. Cyril
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