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General Chat Thread, Sky HD and television in General; In a perfect world with limitless cash we would have sky multiroom with a sky box in one of the ...
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    Question Sky HD and television

    In a perfect world with limitless cash we would have sky multiroom with a sky box in one of the upstairs bedrooms and an HD sky box in the living room downstairs.

    At present we have sky downstairs.

    What we'd like to do, is move the existing sky box upstairs and get a new HD box for downstairs.

    Cabling issues are not a problem... we know what needs to be done.

    Our problem is that cash flow may mean that we couldn't afford a new HDTV at the same time as the wiring and the new HD box.

    Will an HD box work (although not in HD) with an ordinary TV?

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    I had a quick look on some google results and it seems to suggest that yes it has SCART sockets for stuff like VCR/DVD/etc so it should work fine.

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    Thanks kmount. I was hoping that was the case. It will be much easier if we can spread the cost of this!

    (Touches wood hoping the existing TV doesn't decide to blow up when we don't want to pay for a new one!)

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    Check out here for info.

    More nicely though is the back of the Thompson box itself.


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    SkyHD will work with a normal TV with scart. You can even watch the HD channels(scaled down of course)

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    oooh its got Ethernet and e-sata on as well, those are nice features, do they make use of them though, especially the Ethernet which would be good.

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    Yeah will work fine. I'd even hazard a guess plenty of people with HDTV's watch via SCART without realising it isnt actually HD

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    i wish the regular sky/sky+ boxes had an optical audio output.

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    sky+ boxes have optical out. (well mine did!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyrite View Post
    sky+ boxes have optical out. (well mine did!)
    1 sky+ model did not I believe but its long since gone

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    ethernet ports and eSATA are there.. but not in use yet.

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    Before you shell out for a Sky HD box, take a trawl through the WWW and look for users reporting problems with audio being out of synchronisation with the video. There have been a lot of users reporting the problem, sometimes it is worse with particular brands of TVs, and when using home theatre type audio amps & surround sound systems.

    There is a 55 page discussion thread on http://www.avforums.com/forums/sky-h...annels-55.html
    Last edited by broc; 2nd December 2008 at 01:03 PM.

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    Get the HDTV first. After all the extra money you spend on Sky HD is wasted until you buy an HDTV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somabc View Post
    Get the HDTV first. After all the extra money you spend on Sky HD is wasted until you buy an HDTV.
    Unless you're going from a standard Sky box, as the HD box has Sky+ functionality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somabc View Post
    Get the HDTV first. After all the extra money you spend on Sky HD is wasted until you buy an HDTV.

    I agree.. but in this instance, it makes more sense to do it the other way round. Carefully worked out out calculated with the cash flow and other things we have to do around the house!

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