Hello Right, i have a french television (living in France) with one scart, a uk dvdr and a uk basic skybox. I want to set up the dvd so that i record programmes from the skybox. I've tried lots of combinations and nothing works, Is it something simple im missing ?
Any help appreciated. I cannot find the instruction manual in the house or on the net for the dvdr, searched everywhere. I had it set up and working in the uk fine.
France uses a different TV system than the UK. France is SECAM, UK is PAL. If all the equipment is multi-system, then you may be OK, but, you may need to change some settings on the equipment. If it's not multi-system, it won't work. I'm not sure if all of France is SECAM, that's something you'd have to check out.
Yeah, it is SECAM, my dvdr does not have an option to change to SECAM, it has NTSC, PAL and Auto. When i set the dvdr up and search for channels it cannot find anything, i cannot remember if it should find something. Thanks for the info by the way.
Ive been doing some digging around on the net and as ever i cannot get a definitave answer, its only a british dvd and the rest are French, according to some net info it should be able to pick up a signal, but i feel that i'm on a losing battle !
The signal coming into the skybox is the problem. You've got a PAL box and a SECAM signal. The sky and DVR would work with each other like they did in UK but the box can't accept a SECAM signal so it can't tune the channels.
The TV is obviously multi-system or the DVR wouldn't work. Most video equipment sold in Europe is multi-system.
If the skybox is a satellite then the dish needs to be pointed at the right satellites. The TV is NOT the problem. The problem is either the input to the skybox or the DVR isn't set on the right input.
Is the DVR set on whatever input the sky is connected to? You should be using a line input, not the DVR tuner.
You said you can watch a DVD. Is that with the DVR?
You should have the Skybox connected to the DVR using a scart, Sky out to in on the DVR. Then connect from the DVR out to the TV in. Then the DVR needs to be set on the scart input.
We know that the TV is PAL compatible if the Sky outputs PAL and works on the TV. I'd be very surprised if a TV purchased in Europe isn't PAL compatible. I'm guessing the DVR isn't set to the input the Sky is connected to.
You need to post exactly how everything is connected and it shouldn't be very hard to find the problem.
The VCR on the Skybox needs to go to the in on the DVR. Then you need to set the DVR on the scart input. There should be an input key on the remote or just go through the channels until you get to the right input. If you can watch a DVD then the DVR to TV is obviously connected right.
Since the TV only has one scart, use the RGB if the TV and DVR have them. If they don't have the RGB then you either need a scart switcher if such a thing exists or the DVR will have to be on to watch TV or you'll have to keep changing scarts on the TV.