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    Magic eye problem coming to your home soon

    This is a discussion on Magic eye problem coming to your home soon within the Sky & Sky+ TV forums, part of the Other Sky help and support category; I have a 3 box set up which pipes the sky output to all of my TV sets. Each sky ...

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      Magic eye problem coming to your home soon

      I have a 3 box set up which pipes the sky output to all of my TV sets. Each sky box can be controlled separately from any TV. ( using a TVlink SPC4 & T140)

      so far so good.

      I went TV shopping today and found that the analogue tuner is beginning to disappear. That means that magic eyes, which rely on analogue signals, will be useless.....
      ....unless someone knows of a workaround.


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      Re: Magic eye problem coming to your home soon

      This is something which was picked up recently in another thread.

      There are other ways to stream the output from your Sky STBs. You could use some AV Senders, for example. Another option would be to run some long HDMI cables from the STBs to the TVs. However this requires multiple HDMI sockets on each TV.

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      Re: Magic eye problem coming to your home soon

      How about using an old VHS recorder as a set top box? It doesn't even matter if the tape transport has seen better days.

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      Re: Magic eye problem coming to your home soon

      Scubie: Long HDMI cables are a no-go because of the layout. That would have to wait until a full house re-wire, unless there's an easy to install HDMI/AV distribution system that takes non switched multiple inputs and outputs.

      seawright: That's a last ditch option, using the VHS recorder to pump in an AV signal.

      Radio transmitting HDMI senders/receivers could work but would potentially disrupt Wifi.

      This is not a problem for me at the moment, but one I can see could be a hot topic over the next year or so as analogue capable TVs are replaced by purely digital ones.

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      Re: Magic eye problem coming to your home soon

      AV Senders are good to a certain degree, but with distance the picture quality soon reminds you of the snowy days of analogue TV.

      The one I have works on the 5.8GHz frequency, above the 5.2GHz frequency used by WiFi ac routers. You can also add multiple receivers so one STB could feed two or three TVs via the Scart socket.

      Mini 5.8GHz Video Sender : Wireless Video Senders : Maplin Electronics

      There are other models available which may work better now. The unit can also work on six different channels.

      Another option would be to consider Slingbox. I know that several members use this already. I don't know how it would work with multiple Slingbox units on one network or if they would work in your case. Perhaps someone could jump in with some knowledge here please?

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      Re: Magic eye problem coming to your home soon

      If your TV has a Scart input you can use a DTA for the coaxial RF connection.
      http://www.satcure.co.uk/accs/Global_DTA.htm

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      Re: Magic eye problem coming to your home soon

      No solution the Martin, thank you.

      Looking into this a little further, I found that there are various devices available to convert the output from a Scart socket to an RF signal. This would be a nice idea for those who own a SkyHD STB, but it does not allow for the Magic Eye to work.

      Looking a little more I came across an item on Amazon which would help in this instance:

      http://www.amazon.co.uk/TRI-LINK-Con...coax+modulator

      It claims to have the ability to allow the STB to be controlled from multiple magic eyes.

      What I was looking for as well was whether any of these support the stereo sound, something which many people may like.

      I hadn't heard of these previously and it would be great if someone could let us know how well they work.

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      Re: Magic eye problem coming to your home soon

      MartinP, That's along the right lines but I would need one that could tuned to switch between three RF frequencies. Otherwise, I would need three of these for each TV (not to mention three SCART inputs or a SCART switcher)!!!!

      Scubbie, My system effectively is using the same system as the one you have linked to with the addition of a modulator similar to the one MartinP has linked to. Each STB can be independently controlled from any of the remote locations (I think my system will support 12 in total plus one more STB)

      By choice, it would be nice to have something that took the HDMI/SCART output from the STB and then converted it to a "digital" RF signal which could then be injected to the main ariel feed. That way three additional channels would be available - one for each STB.


      As I said, it's not an issue at the moment, more of an intellectual exercise.

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      Re: Magic eye problem coming to your home soon

      I'm not quite clear exactly what your setup currently is and why, it sounds like you have 3 sky boxes and want each remote location to access each sky box, but why?. Or have I missed something, or should I not be replying after plenty of fine cider down my local!. Hmm, anyway, if it needs to change maybe consider combinations of all of the above, plus video over mains, and if you are using sky+ boxes using remotes via android (for budget over iOS) as they are the ultimate remote. I use this and a variety of 5ghz video senders.

      There is even video over Ethernet which can work great. It sounds like you are only get one new TV but wanting to change the whole system to accommodate. A diagram might help ( or less cider!)...

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      Re: Magic eye problem coming to your home soon

      The Sky+ app isn't capable of switching on/off the Sky+ HD or SkyHD STB.

      The OP could quite easily record something on the Sky+ STB and not the Sky+ HD STB. This would mean that they would want access to this STB when they want to view it.

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