1.    28 Aug 2016 #1

    Sky Q -- good but get HDMI splitter and HDMI-->SCART device


    Hi there

    I actually LIKE the SKY Q package -- also now 4K UHD available - and it's cheaper than the SKY HD + if you are selective in what you choose (apart from the up front cost).

    BUT

    1) only 1 HDMI output at back of box so get HDMI splitter -- works fine and bypasses any HDMI restriction on copying etc.

    2) if you want to RECORD to DVD recorder -- then there's no SCART or A/V outputs - so just get HDMI-->SCART converter --works fine. !!!

    Note most DVD recorders still record at 576p - no probs really for older stuff and you can connect the output from the HDMI splitter into the converter for your DVD recorder.

    I still use DVD recording sometimes to make physical DVD recordings of stuff I can't get elsewhere -- and then on the computer use MAKEMKV to convert the DVD recording to an MKV file for playing via streaming services such as PLEX.

    SKY says this can't be done - but the Chinese 2 way HDMI splitter (use cheap powered version --the expensive ones retain HDMI protection !!!) works fine -- Max output though is 1080p.

    iSolem 1x2 3D HDMI Switch Box - Splits HDMI Signals: Amazon.co.uk: Camera Photo

    HDMI to SCART Composite Video Converter Stereo Audio: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics

    Make sure though you use POWERED HDMI splitter --then no degradtion of signal.


    I'm looking now at what to do for 4K UHD as well but AFAIK there's no way of recording yet a 4K UHD signal so I'll have to wait for somebody to come up with a way of ripping a live TV 4K stream !!!.

    The SKY Q will recxord and allow you to play on external devices but it's riddled with DRM and gets deleted after something like 2 watches or 14 days -- however downgrading to 1080p via the scart splitter gets round that temporarily -- but again DVD recorder only does 575p --you can't record via HDMI in --only via A/V or SCART.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  2.    31 Oct 2017 #2
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    Hi Jim, I purchased the splitter and converter you mentioned but can't get a signal on restart. I set the output to the lowest resolution 576, powered everything off on restart I get the splash screen (through the splitter) telling me it's setting up...will go blank...then no signal. Can you advise on a step I might be missing?
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  3.    31 Oct 2017 #3
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    Thanks in advance
    John
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