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    HDMI split for bedroom magic eye system!

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      HDMI split for bedroom magic eye system!

      Hi all

      I have a Amstrad Sky+ HD box & have been using it with a magic eye system in the bedroom. The TV I had in the bedroom had no freeview built in so I used a Freeview box on the scart input of the TV & watched Sky as usual on the RF input of the bedroom TV. Easy!!

      I've now bought a new TV for the bedroom which has Freeview built in. So, I can only use the single RF input on the telly for both the magic eye connection from the Sky box AND the TVs internal freeview signal! If the kids are watching Sky in the living room, I can't access the freeview channels in the bedroom because I guess the Sky box doesn't output an aerial signal while showing SKY signals on the living room TV! Hope that makes sense!

      My theory then is to run an HDMI signal from my Sky box to the bedroom. BUT I would need to split it as my living room TV uses the HDMI output from the Sky box presently! Is it possible to split the HDMI signal successfully so I can extend it to the bedroom? Does it work with a simple splitter (that are available on Ebay for about a fiver!) or would I need an HDMI splitter with an amplifier of sorts built in?

      Any experience in this are would be really appreciated!
      Thanks, Daniel


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      Re: HDMI split for bedroom magic eye system!

      Quote Originally Posted by aerostorm View Post
      ...If the kids are watching Sky in the living room, I can't access the freeview channels in the bedroom because I guess the Sky box doesn't output an aerial signal while showing SKY signals on the living room TV! Hope that makes sense!
      You should be able to view the Freeview channels on your TV at all times. If the signal from the STB is interfering with the Freeview channels, then you may wish to change the broadcast channel on the Sky+ HD STB. I found that I had to change mine as it was interfering with one of the multiplexers.

      Quote Originally Posted by aerostorm View Post
      My theory then is to run an HDMI signal from my Sky box to the bedroom. BUT I would need to split it as my living room TV uses the HDMI output from the Sky box presently! Is it possible to split the HDMI signal successfully so I can extend it to the bedroom? Does it work with a simple splitter (that are available on Ebay for about a fiver!) or would I need an HDMI splitter with an amplifier of sorts built in?

      Any experience in this are would be really appreciated!
      Thanks, Daniel
      It may be possible to run a 20m HDMI lead from the Sky STB to your bedroom. I would initially run a simple test as the Sky+ HD STB uses HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection). The test would involve obtaining a suitable splitter and a couple of additional HDMI leads that you may already have.

      Connect both TVs and switch them both on and see if it works.

      An alternative option would be to subscribe to Sky Multi-room.

      The new SkyHD STB doesn't offer the recording features, but it does offer HD. From September Sky are only going to charge 1 HD subscription per account. At present you would need to pay for the HD subscription on both STBs.

      For a little extra one off payment, you could always have a Sky+ HD STB in the bedroom instead.

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      Re: HDMI split for bedroom magic eye system!

      Hi Scubbie, I really appreciate your help!

      I totally get the point about the broadcast channel on the STB. Any idea how I adjust that?

      Also, the HDMI splitter sounds cool to me but any ideas about which sort of box I need for that? I looked on Ebay & theres quite a few! Not sure about quality etc!

      Thanks again!

      Daniel

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      Re: HDMI split for bedroom magic eye system!

      You need something like this - 1x2 HDMI Splitter Don't waste your money on Y splitters, they are probably not compliant with HDCP.

      I am not sure about your Freeview, do you have a separate aerial for this or are you running through the Sky STB?

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      Re: HDMI split for bedroom magic eye system!

      Hi IsItme, yep that was the sort of ting I was thinkiing about!

      Er Freeview thing? I only have one aerial socket on my new telly so I can only plug in the magic eye lead! So yes, I'm taking my feed from the Sky STB!

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      Re: HDMI split for bedroom magic eye system!

      What aerial did you use for the Freeveiw box? Can you plug that into the TV when you get an HDMI connection?

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      Re: HDMI split for bedroom magic eye system!

      Yeah, that will be the plan! But in an ideal solution I'd much prefer to get the aerial 'signal' from the magic eye lead coming from the Sky STB! Hmm .. !

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      Re: HDMI split for bedroom magic eye system!

      With regards to your TV aerial, in order to correctly receive Freeview on the bedroom TV, you need to adopt the follow setup:

      Main TV Aerial --> Sky+ HD STB UHF Input

      Sky+ HD STB UHF Out 1 --> Living room TV

      Sky+ HD STB UHF Out 2 --> Wall socket, leading to Bedroom TV --> Magic Eye --> Bedroom TV

      Ensure that the bedroom TV has been tuned in for Freeview. Some remotes require you to select 'DTV' If you select channel 007, you should see BBC3.

      The Sky+ HD STB broadcasts on the analogue channels. It is necessary to switch between them.

      To change the channel that the Sky+ HD STB broadcasts on, press the following on your remote control:

      <Services> <Right> <Down> 0 1 <Select> 4 <Down>

      This should select the 'RF Outlets' menu. Change the RF channel to one that is clear of your local transmitters channels (both analogue & digital) by at least 5 channels.

      If you don't know the local channels used by both the Analogue & Digital channels (assuming that you still have both ) then take a look at the links below:

      For the channels used by your local transmitter:

      http://www.ofcom.org.uk/static/recep..._guide_3_0.pdf

      What you should be getting, and which multiplexers they are on (to help identify any problems):

      BBC - Help receiving TV and radio - Digital terrestrial TV UK multiplexes before switchover

      or if you only have DTV:

      BBC - Help receiving TV and radio - Digital terrestrial TV UK multiplexes after switchover

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      Re: HDMI split for bedroom magic eye system!

      Scubbie, you've just totally sorted out my problem! A slight adjust on the Sky STB output channel has sorted the problem! Thank you so much for your help & patience! Really appreciate it!

      Thanks
      Daniel

     

     

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