HDMI cable? Electrical help needed!

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Ok, when we had Sky (standard) we had an aerial engineer round who split the signal though an 'split box' type thing that allowed the signal to go into the TV downstairs, and he also fed a cable up into the loft that then came down into our bedroom.
With a special infra red 'eye' thing that is stuck underneath the TV upstairs, we essentially have Sky in two rooms (a cheap version of multi room I guess).

No we have upgraded to Sky+HD and although we are getting a HD picture downstairs, the signal upstairs is not.

Is this because it is an older cable? Do we need to pay for a HDMI cable to go from the split box, all the way into the loft and then down into our bedroom?

Is there a better way to do this or do we simply need to replace the old cable? Will the HDMI ensure a HD signal? Is there a risk it could be a bad picture due to the length of cable?

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the signal doesnt come thru HDMI thats purely for the signal from box to TV. the main feed from the dish is coax.

unsure but maybe you need to goto services menu & open up RF2? this will then open up the feed to the second TV.

someone may be able to add to this..

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I'll have a look when I get home as to the exact current setup.

I think the box signal goes into the splitter and then the two TV's are serviced that way.

JonnyTwoToes;8048976

I'll have a look when I get home as to the exact current setup.I think … I'll have a look when I get home as to the exact current setup.I think the box signal goes into the splitter and then the two TV's are serviced that way.



no probs.....

get some pics then we can deffo see whats connected where.

Indeed, open RF2 via the services menu, you will then probably need to retune your 2nd TV to the RF signal.

You will not receive HD on the 2nd TV.

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Inactive;8048994

Indeed, open RF2 via the services menu, you will then probably need to … Indeed, open RF2 via the services menu, you will then probably need to retune your 2nd TV to the RF signal.You will not receive HD on the 2nd TV.



Thanks for the feedback.
How can I get HD on the second TV (or is it not possible)?

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lanc_red;8048993

no probs.....get some pics then we can deffo see whats connected where.



Cool - I'll take some pictures when I get back - thanks!

JonnyTwoToes;8049014

Thanks for the feedback.How can I get HD on the second TV (or is it not … Thanks for the feedback.How can I get HD on the second TV (or is it not possible)?



You will need a second HD Receiver.

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You will need a second HD Receiver.



Really? I didn't need another receiver for the original Sky box. Can I not just change the cable to a HD one?

its the box that needs changing not the cable's

thats why you get a new box when you take hd package

JonnyTwoToes;8049091

Really? I didn't need another receiver for the original Sky box. Can I … Really? I didn't need another receiver for the original Sky box. Can I not just change the cable to a HD one?



thats cos your magic eye runs on the coax. the coax cant carry the HD signal as the RF out isnt HD.

JonnyTwoToes;8049091

Really? I didn't need another receiver for the original Sky box. Can I … Really? I didn't need another receiver for the original Sky box. Can I not just change the cable to a HD one?



As stated, your old receiver wasn't HD, the existing cable which is co-ax will only carry an SD signal.

to add. the coax carries the signal from your dish to your box. the box then converts the signal to HD etc, like wise your old box simply converted the signal into SD. your old box then sent the same signal along the coax to your TV which just displayed it.

you would need another HD box for the same coax to convert the signal. although your tv may be HD it can only display the standard signal not convert it.

hope im not giving duff advice, but think it sounds right!!

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Gee... I used to be good with technology!

Let me take a few photos when I get back. Hopefully that will shed more light on it.

Thanks for the feedback so far!

Surely if you keep the eye connected to RF2 and you split the HDMI out it to 2 via a splitter then run the second HDMI to your tv upstairs you'll be able to switch channels using the eye connected to the RF2 and still receive Hi def through HDMI?

kroozing;8049764

Surely if you keep the eye connected to RF2 and you split the HDMI out it … Surely if you keep the eye connected to RF2 and you split the HDMI out it to 2 via a splitter then run the second HDMI to your tv upstairs you'll be able to switch channels using the eye connected to the RF2 and still receive Hi def through HDMI?



yeh could be done i reckon.....but pointless imho. depends how much OP wants HD in the other room....
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