Additional TV on Telewest cable

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  1. Shall

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    I recently replaced my Sky satellite receiver with a Telewest cable system. The installation guys left me a splitter, as I said I wanted to add a second TV without paying rental for another box, and accepting that the channel will be the same as the main TV. (I may go IR at a later date - if I can find a gizmo that works with Telewest)

    Current wiring is as follows:-

    Telewest cable receiver/transmitter:-
    a Scart to main TV out
    b Scart to VCR out
    c Co-ax to VCR out
    d Standard TV aerial in
    e Telewest cable in

    VCR:-
    a Scart to main TV out
    b Scart from cable box in
    c Co-ax from cable box in
    d Co-ax to main TV out

    Main TV:-
    a Scart from cable box in
    b Scart from VCR in
    c Co-ax from VCR in

    I put the cable box output co-ax which originally went into the VCR into the "in" on the splitter, and two co-ax's out - one to the VCR, one to the new TV. I immediately lost terrestial signals to the main TV, and could not find any signal on the new TV. Someone said that the co-ax from cable box to VCR was unneccessary with the scarts, and to simply use that as the output to the new TV. Again, I lost terrestial signal, but I didn't check if the new TV could pick up the cable signal.

    Is there a standard wiring layout to do want I want to do?

    Many thanks in advance of your help.
     
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    ouch why change from sky to cable????
    OK Which Cable box have you got? if your aerial (terristrial signal) is going into Cable box then you do need to keep RF to VCR and from VCR to TV (this may have a negative effect on the PQ of the teeretrial channels). As well as having scarts from VCR to cable and Cable to tV
     
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    Sky to Telewest? Long story, changed everything over when I went onto Broadband - sold my soul - telephone, Sky, Internet - the lot. Only another 6 months to go.....

    Will find out which box Telewest is using, and revert tomorrow.
     
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    Telewest box is Explorer 4000 DVB - wife can't tell what the manufacturer is.
     
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    Hmmmmm OK split RF off before it goes into TV and run to both TV's for remote control you would need a IR extender system thingy for control you cant use the Sky type mouse eye with Cable and if it is an IrDa box you willl have trouble remote controlling from another room...........
     
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    I think that's what I did originally - with negative results (see first message). I tried both a Telewest snazzy splitter, and then a cheapo standard TV co-ax splitter - same difference. Also, on checking various manufacturer's IR boxes, eg Philips, the ones I have seen say they don't work with Telewest.

    Can't understand the cabling problem - can't be a big drop in gain when they run cables hundreds of miles!
     
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    Yes, the splitter looked like that, except it had one in and four out.
     

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