Inormation overload- HDMI and SCART

  jack 17:11 24 Jun 2008
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Thinking about that new TV and perhaps Free Stat,
ready for the big switch over[4 years away yet so time enough I guess for everything to change]
I came across HDMI connection.
Does this mean then all TV have this standard and SCART is going out?
Or are they dual - both connectors?
And if I got lets say that Free Stat box[which I gather would make the existing digi box redundant] Will that be HDMI?

Thinking on these lines I tried to discover if there was an HGMI/ScART adaptor or cable to enable my existing PVR to be linked in.
Well I found one at
click here
Where they offered one - but warned this it probably would not work and they would not accept it back if it did not.
Great!
So what the true story guys?

  laurie53 19:42 24 Jun 2008

You need HDMI for most HD devices.

Scart is still the norm for Standard definition e.g. Freeview recorders, Sky and Sky+, DVD players.

Most modern TVs seem to come with both.

  crosstrainer 15:59 25 Jun 2008

Free sat requires HDMI, a dish and decoder. Most new tv's as laurie53 say's come with HDMI and scart inputs. My new living room LCD has 2 of each....Have not used the HDMI at all as don't really want to put up a dish.

There isn't much on Freesat yet, but as you say, may as well get a telly with all the inputs available for the future. I think I am correct in saying that even with a Freesat equipped TV you will still need a dish.

  jack 20:52 25 Jun 2008

As far as I can discover[and I do have to say there appears to be so much guff it is quite bewildering]
Free stat will need a new 'Box' just as HD Freestat
thus making existing digiboxes redundant if that is the way you want to go.
Because [once more- more guff] There appears to be little to be gained with HD if your nice new screen is only a 32" and you sit 6 ft from it in the average sitting room
Is that right?

  pchelper001 21:00 25 Jun 2008

if you are interested, just today, Panasonic have released a new television with freesat built in.

  Stuartli 22:16 25 Jun 2008

Actually Panasonic released two large screen TVs with built-in Freesat, Freeview and analogue tuners a few days ago (42in and 46in); a 50in follows next month. They represent the start of the Viera PZ81 series.

  Stuartli 22:16 25 Jun 2008

Actually Panasonic released two large screen TVs with built-in Freesat, Freeview and analogue tuners a few days ago (42in and 46in); a 50in follows next month. They represent the start of the Viera PZ81 series.

  Stuartli 22:24 25 Jun 2008

You need an HDMI connection for a number of high definition audio-video products, including Blu-Ray players and PS3s.

The main difference between DVI and HDMI is that the latter also carries high quality digital audio signals.

  newts 09:24 26 Jun 2008

As I understand it Humax and Alba are the only two manufacturers able to produce a "box" to receive Freesat from BBC & ITV. These have two levels, basic TV ( scart is OK for this)and High Definition for which you need HDMI. Both need a dish. Panasonic is the only company authorised to produce a TV with a freesat tuner already installed. Scat and HDMI are not interchangeable so you will not find an adaptor.

  Stuartli 11:34 26 Jun 2008

Alba owns other brands producing Freesat STBs, including Goodmans and Bush.

By the way, a recent Which? reliability survey of electronics products listed a Bush PVR hard drive Freeview recorder as topping its section with a 100 per cent reliability record.

In fact the Bush PVR involved was a re-badged Humax model...:-)

Not a lot of people know that.

  Stuartli 11:41 26 Jun 2008

Forgot to point out that Alba, just as with Medion, doesn't have any manufacturing plants - all its products are built by specialist companies in the Far East.

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