We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Contact Forum Editor

Send an email to our Forum Editor:


PLEASE NOTE: Your name is used only to let the Forum Editor know who sent the message. Both your name and email address will not be used for any other purpose.

Digital Home & Smartphones Help


It's free to register, to post a question or to start / join a discussion


 

freeview box connections


conrail

Likes # 0

Hi guys, not sure if this is right forum or whether it should be tech help, friend has virgin tv and would like to record programs, virgin want him to buy a tivo box, he says he pays them enough so is looking at freeview recorder to replace standard virgin box, I am with virgin for pc and phone but not tv, (like him I pay them enough as it is), but use freesat connected to sky dish, would a freeview box connect to his virgin connections, (not sure what they are), or would he need a digital tv ariel, he doesn't have ariel on house at the moment, thanks

Like this post
woodchip

Likes # 0

he cannot use freeview box to record virgin tv

Like this post
woodchip

Likes # 0

PS there is no such thing as a Digital TV Ariel, they advertise such just to make money out of the Gullible. A Ariel is a Ariel only difference is High or Low gain ones

Like this post
onthelimit1

Likes # 0

Freeview boxes can only access the freeview channels listed here. If that's what he wants to do, then an external aerial would be required to feed the box. If he wants to record channels specific to the Virgin service, he'll have to cough up for their equipment.

Like this post
natdoor

Likes # 0

It is true that there is no such thing as a digital aerial in the sense of modulation detected. However, the required bandwidth coverage for full Freeview coverage is much wider than was generally the case for analogue transmissions. Thus many people needed a new aerial on switchover and the term "digital aerial" is a reasonable designation. I do not see how it could be a marketing ploy because surely no-one is going to get a new aerial for Freeview if their existing one works. All aerials offered these days should be adequate for Freeview.

Like this post
BT

Likes # 0

The Virgin incoming TV cable won't connect to a Freeview box, you will need an aerial for this. However you can take a signal from the Virgin box to an external recorder, depending on the box, but if you are using the Scart to your TV, there is usually an RF (aerial out) output as well which you can feed to another TV or recorder.

Like this post
conrail

Likes # 0

thanks guys,, you have been very helpful, friend does not want to use virgins services just their connections, if poss, same as I have with the freesat box using sky dish.

Like this post

Reply to this topic

This thread has been locked.



IDG UK Sites

5 reasons not to wait for the Apple Watch: Why you shouldn't buy the iWatch

IDG UK Sites

Why local multiplayer gaming is rapidly vanishing: we look at the demise of split-screen and LAN...

IDG UK Sites

How Emotional Debt is damaging digital design

IDG UK Sites

How to update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 8: including how to install iOS 8 if you don't have room