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Tv Scart to s-video+audio Neotech cable. Recorder Scart to dvd hdd is Scart adapter + s-video +audio lead with correct direction set. (ie no problems recording) Output from dvd is via component cable to tv for dvd playing etc. The picture that I get is clearly via the dvd recorder and not directly through the tv scart since I turn off the dvd then there is nothing! I have also tried composite output from the dvd in addition to the component out and get two channels of output video and sound when the dvd is on, but still no picture or sound when dvd is off. I'll have to think of another connection setup.

Try swapping the adaptor and cable around and see what happens. At least you can then rule that out as your problem.

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Well im gettin foxtel installed in my room on wednesday and i want it hooked up to me dvdr (Panasonic EH55) should i see if the foxtel techi can do it or should i just let him install it however he is gonna do it then i do it later?

Do i need to buy the SCART cables or will the techi have it on them?

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Well im gettin foxtel installed in my room on wednesday and i want it hooked up to me dvdr (Panasonic EH55) should i see if the foxtel techi can do it or should i just let him install it however he is gonna do it then i do it later?

It varies, usually if you have a recorder they connect it up using a Scart to 6 RCA's (composite & audio in and out). Just ask for what you want (scart to scart for recorder probably) and you might be lucky.

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Well because my room is upstairs and there is a pergola outside my window the foxtel techi reakons he cant install it, that its a too man job. I dont understand why he needs it from the outside, there is access to the roof upstairs from inside the house and he still says it cant be done.

I called foxtel and complained and now a supervisor is gonna call us tomorrow and set a date for them to come and do a site servey. Its bull, the samething happened when we got it installed downstairs. The other techi came out and was like it can be done.

Bah so it will be a while yet before i have foxtel now in my room!

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Hello.

I have recently upgraded to Foxtel IQ and was wondering if anybody here could let me know if purchasing the scart to component cable available from Dick Smith (CA0400) would improve my picture quality.

I have a Samsung 29"/68cm 50Hz CRT flat screen TV with a 4:3 ratio (CS29K10) which has the option of Y/Pb/Pr Picture Improvement and also Digital Noise Reduction but is not 1080i HD Ready.

Thanks for any help!

Valleyboy.

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Can you buy Scart to Scart, because when the foxtel guy installed foxtel he has used scart to compastie cable (the yellow, white and red).

Looking on foxtel site there is no scart to scart.

Also i just bought a new samsung LCD TV, and bought the $200 component cables, now is there any need for them, like does it use them because its going from the recorder to the TV. Or does the signal get read from foxtel and componet is useless when watching foxtel?

The way my setup is at the moment is like this:

Foxtel Recorder scart -> DVD via (Scart to compasite cable)

DVD -> TV via (Component cable)

Does this sound right? Any use of the component cable for foxtel viewing?

Thanks

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Can you buy Scart to Scart, because when the foxtel guy installed foxtel he has used scart to compastie cable (the yellow, white and red).

Looking on foxtel site there is no scart to scart.

Yes. Just no Foxtel branded cables. See the Cables section of this FAQ. Using scart to scart might be of no benefit if your going to record composite from the scart anyway.

Also i just bought a new samsung LCD TV, and bought the $200 component cables, now is there any need for them, like does it use them because its going from the recorder to the TV. Or does the signal get read from foxtel and componet is useless when watching foxtel?

The way my setup is at the moment is like this:

Foxtel Recorder scart -> DVD via (Scart to compasite cable)

DVD -> TV via (Component cable)

Does this sound right? Any use of the component cable for foxtel viewing?

You are getting composite converted to component when viewing Foxtel via DVD recorder, so it is going to be no better than composite (ie no quality benefit). For viewing DVD's your component cables will give you component quality (although no need to spend $200 on them(assuming not very long)).

What most people do is scart to component cable from the Foxtel tv scart for watching Foxtel. (And record composite from Foxtel recorder scart (using scart to scart(composite) OR scart to rca's(composite))).

See the FAQ for more configurations for your DVD recorder (just keep searching for EH55 or whatever model). The recording quality and (tv)display quality vary, you can pick the one best for your viewing habits.

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Hey cttc thanks for that. I figured out why i had quality issues when watching foxtel. It was because of my recorder. I had the recorder picture setting on Comb Filter, i turned the setting of and bam foxtel looks much better.

So ill keep the component cables then for dvd viewing.

Thanks again

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You can watch one Foxtel channel while recording another Foxtel channel (to internal iQ HDD) with a Foxtel iQ.

Please help: whenever I try to record a channel using my new iQ box, I can only watch the recorded channel (I get a blank screen on every other channel with the sound of the recording channel coming through), except for one channel which views normally (channel 402). Oddly, when scroll go past this channel, I get the audio from this channel on every other channel.

This is very weird and I think I have a faulty box, but maybe as a newbie I am missing something obvious.

Any ideas? :blink:

kepce

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Please help: whenever I try to record a channel using my new iQ box, I can only watch the recorded channel (I get a blank screen on every other channel with the sound of the recording channel coming through), except for one channel which views normally (channel 402). Oddly, when scroll go past this channel, I get the audio from this channel on every other channel.

Call Foxtel. Sounds faulty, is this a satellite one? If so, both cables from dish plugged in? Try switching off/unplugging from power. You could try a reset/firmware update.

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Hi,

I have Foxtel Digital Cable at home and have just acquired a beach house that has Foxtel Digital Satellite installed (dish;cabling etc. but no stb). My question is "is it possible to take my stb from home and plug it into the connection at the beach house and expect it to work, or am I dreaming"?

thanks!

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Hi,

I have Foxtel Digital Cable at home and have just acquired a beach house that has Foxtel Digital Satellite installed (dish;cabling etc. but no stb). My question is "is it possible to take my stb from home and plug it into the connection at the beach house and expect it to work, or am I dreaming"?

thanks!

I would be 85% confident in saying keep dreaming...if you look at your manual you will see that the satellite stb uses a bit more power due to the the transponder(?) in the box itself being slightly different so I would say... just keep walking oops should be dreaming :blink:

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I would be 85% confident in saying keep dreaming...if you look at your manual you will see that the satellite stb uses a bit more power due to the the transponder(?) in the box itself being slightly different so I would say... just keep walking oops should be dreaming :D

Ha! Thanks for the feedback - guess I'm awake now! :blink:

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no idea please help

hi i have recently aquired a foxtel smart card, is there any chance i can just use that card and stick it in my world tv box thingy would i have to turn the sattalite in a nother direction or do i need to get my hands on a foxtel digital decoder box?

thanks

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Foxtel Digital satellite is carried on Optus C1 so you need to be pointing at that and your box needs something that will decode NDS Videoguard encryption.

So simple answer: won't work.

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Hi there,

I just had Foxtel Digital Cable installed today, and i've ended up with a UEC DCN-1000 Box, is it worthwhile me requesting the Pace 420 Box? They also only left me SCART to Composite cables, would they usually leave SCART to Component? I've got a Sony 40" LCD and Yamaha RX-V1700 and will look to recording to a HTPC at some stage.

Any help would be appreciated,

Thanks,

Nathan.

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I just had Foxtel Digital Cable installed today, and i've ended up with a UEC DCN-1000 Box, is it worthwhile me requesting the Pace 420 Box?

It has digital audio and component output so it is fine.

They also only left me SCART to Composite cables, would they usually leave SCART to Component?

Composite is all they normally do.

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I'm struggling and to the point of tearing my hair out :blink:

Equipment

* Foxtel PACE 420 box (satilite)

* Hitachi 37 inch LCD (37LD8800TA)

* Hitachi HDD/DVD Recorder (DV-DS253A)

Connections/Cables

* HDMI between DVDR and TV (slot 1)

* FOXTEL SCART to component & composite cable from foxtel STB (TV slot) to AV1 on TV

* Spare FOXTEL SCART to component & composite cable - not sure how to use

* YUV set on FOXTEL

* Coax cable runs from wall to DVDR to TV.

What can get

* FOXTEL on AV1 ... fantastic quality

* Free to air TV on HDM1 (see resolution to 1080i .. as good as it will get)

* DVD watching on HDMI1

* Can record free to air TV on HDMI1

HELP!

* If I switch to AV1 (and non foxtel via the foxtel remote) I can't sync a signal despite trying different connections between the spare FOXTEL SCART component cable with the video SCART slot on the foxtel remote

* Once I solve this, I'm pretty sure I'll be able to record foxtel

What have I missed?

Edited by OatleyLad76

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* Spare FOXTEL SCART to component & composite cable - not sure how to use

I assume this a Foxtel brand cable that includes the (normally yellow) composite output. Plug this into the vcr/video Scart on the Foxtel STB, and plug the composite and two audio outputs into one of your DVD recorder inputs (3 RCA sockets). That will allow you to record Foxtel at composite quality (the best you can get when the foxtel tv scart is outputing component).

(If you want the the AV button on the foxtel remote to work(show what is on your DVDR at composite quality) you need a Scart to VCR cable instead and use composite(PAL output set on Foxtel STB))

* Free to air TV on HDM1 (see resolution to 1080i .. as good as it will get)

Well sounds like you only have analog tuners so it usually looks fair bit better than that with a digital tuner.

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I had a similar problem.

You need to connect the vcr scart to your video in and out connection (note that the foxtel connecting cables are marked as in being to foxtel box and so out from video, out being from foxtel and thus in at video.

If you are sending a composite in to the fox box from your VCR but then trying to view the output of the fox box via component then you will see no picture as the fox box can not convert your composite input and turn it into a component output.

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Thanks for your suggestions.

I'll try the suggestions you gave. Speaking to some work colleagues today, they suggested I get two SCART to s-video (and 'downgrad' to s-video in foxtel settings).

I noticed after my post that in the specs for the pace 420 box that the output of:

tv scart = composite, s-video, and rgb

vcr scart = composite, s-video.

I'm reading a thread at the moment discussing s-video vs component.

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i have only just ot my new LCD today.

bravia v series.

i have connected FOXtel via scart to component [is that correct]

then DVD RECORDER to TV via composite [?]

will i get a better pciture for my dvd if i use S video cable, do i still run the yellow video able and the s video cable or run the s cable solo

i listen to dvd's via my harmon reciever which is running optical and my fox is connected via coaxil

Have i fooked this right up or is this correct

any foum members from ADL.

HELP>>>>>>>>>PLEASE :blink:

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Your normal (without an iQ) best choices are:-

A. Foxtel sending Component to TV and Composite to DVDR. (Use HDMI or Component, for DVDR to TV, if your TV has only one component input and your DVDR doesn't have HDMI you will have to use something else, S-Video or last choice Composite (You only need one or the other))

As described in FAQ Config A1r or A1rS3 or A1rS4. Potential Foxtel display quality: Very High, Record Quality: Average

OR

B. Foxtel sending S-Video to TV and S-Video to DVDR. (Use HDMI or Component, for DVDR to TV)

As described in FAQ Config C1r or C1rS1 or C1rS2. Potential Foxtel display quality: High, Record Quality: High

Or do a search for your DVDR model in the FAQ, eg if it is still a DVR530H it will show up at Config A1rS4 and C1rS2.

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Your normal choice is:-

A. Foxtel sending Component to TV and Composite to DVDR. (Use HDMI or Component, for DVDR to TV, if your TV has only one component input and your DVDR doesn't have HDMI you will have to use something else, S-Video or last choice Composite (You only need one or the other))

As described in FAQ Config A1r or A1rS3 or A1rS4

OR

B. Foxtel sending S-Video to TV and S-Video to DVDR. (Use HDMI or Component, for DVDR to TV)

As described in FAQ Config C1r or C1rS1 or C1rS2

Or do a search for your DVDR model in the FAQ, eg if it is still a DVR530H it will show up at Config A1rS4 and C1rS2.

^ thanks a bunch, it appears i have done the correct set-up.

i appreciate you help.

thanks mate.

^ sorry one more..

if i get a new DVD Recorder like a new Sony 250G with HDMI do i go DVD Recorder directly to LCD voia HDMI

thanks :blink:

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if i get a new DVD Recorder like a new Sony 250G with HDMI do i go DVD Recorder directly to LCD via HDMI

Yes. (Video quality usually goes like this HIGHEST HDMI/DVI -> Component & RGB -> S-Video -> Composite -> RF LOWEST)

(The best Foxtel STB's currently output is Component & RGB (Edit: via TV scart only))

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