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Newbie Question - IDTV or Not??

Discussion in 'TVs' started by AirCooledHeaven, Oct 28, 2005.

  1. AirCooledHeaven

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    Hi

    I'm finally getting around to buying a new TV to replace my 13 year old Sony. The question is, should I buy one with a digital tuner or stick with an analogue tuner plus an external STB?

    Initially I was attracted to an IDTV because it would cut out an external box, but then I realised (correct me if I'm wrong) that I can only record freeview if I have a STB plugged into my VCR, or alternatively buy a PVR.

    I suppose best flexibility would be to have an IDTV plus a STB/PVR, is there any problem with doing this?

    There doesn't appear to be a significant price advantage to buy an analogue TV although the choice is wider.

    All comments welcomed. Thanks.
     
  2. nig28

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    Hi

    I am sure you will get advised both ways, but a separate box means another remote.
    And if you get a good model (Sony) with 2 scart sockets you can record digital whilst watching analogue, but to view/record 2 digital stations at once you will need 2 tuners.
    If you get a separate box it will take up another scart socket on your TV.

    It would also depend on what else is due to be replaced, VCR!

    Do you have a spare scart at the mo? How many scarts will you need????

    Nigel
     
  3. AirCooledHeaven

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    Hi

    I currently have a STB, DVD player and VCR. The STB takes up one scart on my old TV and the VCR takes up the other. My DVD plugs into the VCR. Currently I can't record from the STB as it only has one scart (old pace DVTB).

    I need the capability to record one freeview channel onto video while watching another freeview channel. I also need to play my regular DVDs and videos.

    I want the fewest number of boxes.

    I will probably buy a combi DVD/VCR to get rid of one box but I'm still unsure how to record one freeview channel while watching another.

    If I understand things correctly, even if I buy a IDTV I'll still need a STB to record freeview onto video??

    Hope this clarifies my needs. Thanks
     
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    Hi

    Quote "If I understand things correctly, even if I buy a IDTV I'll still need a STB to record freeview onto video??"
    Only if watching freeview at the time.

    Quote "Currently I can't record from the STB as it only has one scart (old pace DVTB)."
    If you have 2 scarts on your VCR you could let the freeview pass through your VCR and be able to record it.

    Nigel
     

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