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Old 26.11.2007, 12:05
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I also rent the digital set-top box for Fr 6 per month and am now thinking to change to the set-top box which also recordscosting Fr 20 per month. Disadvantages include a) rapidly accruing rental costs (Fr 240.-- per year!) even if the first six months is at half price; b) no possibility to transfer recorded movies or documentaries to PC for archiving, cutting, editing, etc.
I too was trying to keep the monthly costs down, but since I couldn't escape from the clutches of Billag reckoned I might as well get as much value as possible out of it. One nice thing about the recorder version is that it does time shift, which is great if the doorbell/phone goes or if you simply miss a crucial line in a plot.

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I wonder whether one could buy an HD PVR from Philips, Samsung, etc and be able to use it without the hardware from Cablecom. Would this be a possibility?

Hoping to get some advice on this issue.
The outputs available on the recorder version of the Cablecom set-top box I have (just a few weeks old) are 2 x SCART, S-Video, S-PDIF, and RCA sockets for left and right audio. I'm afraid I don't know how far that gets you, and would be interested to hear myself before splashing out on any further kit.
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Old 26.11.2007, 12:18
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Re: Buying a Cablecom Digital TV box

Look into a dreambox - you'll never look back...
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Re: Buying a Cablecom Digital TV box

We are in the process of purchasing a TV, in the US, for our upcoming move to Switzerland. We have been able to locate several options with dual voltage capability.

My question is concerning the NTSC and PAL Standard Tuners. This does not have anything to do with dual languages, but the ability of the TV to tune in the actual channels.

If I were to rent or buy a Cablecom digital mediabox, would that mediabox act as the tuner for the PAL standard and the TV would act as a tuner only?

I have seen several posts about using a VCR as a tuner from TV's coming from the UK but I think the UK is PAL Standard just a different type.

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Mick C
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Old 13.12.2007, 17:04
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Re: Buying a Cablecom Digital TV box

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We are in the process of purchasing a TV, in the US, for our upcoming move to Switzerland. We have been able to locate several options with dual voltage capability.

My question is concerning the NTSC and PAL Standard Tuners. This does not have anything to do with dual languages, but the ability of the TV to tune in the actual channels.

If I were to rent or buy a Cablecom digital mediabox, would that mediabox act as the tuner for the PAL standard and the TV would act as a tuner only?

I have seen several posts about using a VCR as a tuner from TV's coming from the UK but I think the UK is PAL Standard just a different type.

Thanks,

Mick C
Don't buy a TV in the US. You'll have far more options regarding tuners and such here. And you won't have to worry about finding a transformer, as the power is 220 volts here instead of 120volts in the US. And your TV could be broken in the move.
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Old 13.12.2007, 17:47
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Re: Buying a Cablecom Digital TV box

Thanks Greg but the TV we are looking at IS DUAL VOLTAGE (110v to 240v and 50hz to 60hz) and usable in both the US and Europe. The same LG model in Switzerland sells for over 2,000 CHF (which we cannot afford) and in the US sells for under $1,000 (which we can afford). A much better price and the ability to use it when we return to the US us a BIG PLUS.

My only concern is the tuner and the ability of the Cablecom Mediabox to act as the tuner for the TV and the TV act as only an HDMI or S-Video monitor.

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Old 13.12.2007, 17:54
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Thanks Greg but the TV we are looking at IS DUAL VOLTAGE (110v to 240v and 50hz to 60hz) and usable in both the US and Europe. The same LG model in Switzerland sells for over 2,000 CHF (which we cannot afford) and in the US sells for under $1,000 (which we can afford). A much better price and the ability to use it when we return to the US us a BIG PLUS.

My only concern is the tuner and the ability of the Cablecom Mediabox to act as the tuner for the TV and the TV act as only an HDMI or S-Video monitor.

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I don't think that the cable-box does NTSC, but you can buy a VCR (or DVD-R/HD) that you can put in between that will.
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Old 13.12.2007, 18:14
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My only concern is the tuner and the ability of the Cablecom Mediabox to act as the tuner for the TV and the TV act as only an HDMI or S-Video monitor.
Further up this thread here, I posted the outputs from the Cabelcom set top box (recorder version).

What inputs does the TV you are looking at have?

According to the manual, it is recommended that you connect the Cablecom box to the TV with the (supplied) SCART cable. What I have done as well is to connect RF-out to the TV so that I can still use the TV as if the Cablecom box wasn't there (teletext is far faster direct, rather than through the box, for example).

Again from the manual, under connecting a VCR/DVD PLayer, "It is recommended to connect the VCR to the SCART connector. If for some reason you do not want or cannot use these connections, you may use S-VIDEO, but you will be unable to record sound unless you use color cables (red and white)."

By "color cables" they mean audio cables with RCA connectors (not supplied with the box).

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Re: Buying a Cablecom Digital TV box

HDMI or S-Video
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Re: Buying a Cablecom Digital TV box

Very helpful info Greg. I think that will do the trick.

Thanks,

Mick C.
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Old 13.12.2007, 23:34
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Re: Buying a Cablecom Digital TV box

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HDMI or S-Video
You can get a SCART to S-Video connector. But then you'd lose HDTV. Good news is that the Cablecom box doesn't do HD.
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Re: Buying a Cablecom Digital TV box

Very helpful info JVC and Greg.

Thanks Again,

Mick C
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Re: Buying a Cablecom Digital TV box

Thanks to both JVC and Greg. Your replies have been very helpful.

mick c
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Re: Buying a Cablecom Digital TV box

Does anyone know if the Cablecom "mediabox recorder" has component video output on the SCART connectors, or only RGB?

ETA: I finally got a reply from Cablecom... they said it has RGB, composite video, and SVideo, but not component/YUV.

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Re: Buying a Cablecom Digital TV box

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In Geneva I didn't had the cable TV so I installed a satellite receiver with the digital decoder, only getting the free-to-air signal, however I had near to 800 channels.

The quality was very good, and I think it was not that expensive to get a decoder card to get the not-for-free UK channels. ( I got only BBC World, Sky )

In fact I think Cablecom get the same signal I was receiving and process it to channel it to the flats throught the cable with the consequent signal degradation and noise. They have maybe even to compress the sat signals to be able to fit into the cable bandwidth.

I am thinking on getting one of those small non-parabollic sat antennas...
Hi there,

I can speak from experience as my mother lives abroad, and I am the "expert" (in her eyes anyway, as I used to be a satellite installer), and have set up a system for her, and also an identical system for myself here in the UK.

if you want BBC Prime again, then I heartily recommend you forget cable, and buy this box which is advertised on Ebay.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=110250580220

Basically you just connect it to a cheap dish, and never worry about cable again. This is how she watches BBC Prime and a load of other French, German, Italian etc channels, news channels, Eurosport, MTV/VH1, Boomerang... well there are hundreds inc. a few saucy ones too! And you don't have to bother about subscriptions.

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Cablecom Mediabox for TV

Can one buy the Mediabox from Cablecom instead of renting it? If so how much does it cost?
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Re: Cablecom Mediabox for TV

Maybe, the answer is here,

Cable TV - what kind of receiver?
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Re: Buying a Cablecom Digital TV box

Well I bought the box for my father-in-law for 150 Franks a few years ago. It worked OK but now with the new HD sender it's obsolete. Now he has the new HD box from Cablecom without recording funktion.He's paying 32 Franks a month with phone also.He also received the telephone modem but of course the installation and activation of the modem did not work so the Cablecom techniker has to come by-such bad hardware!!!!I'm glad I have Swisscom.



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We're interested in buying the Cablecom Digital TV box (without recording function) for CHF 150.00 as featured on the Cablecom website.
However, you can't order it online - you can only rent it.
If you want to buy, they say you must call them.
Well, we called and were brushed off by the sales agent and were almost talked into renting a Digital TV box with recording function for an insane amount of money/monthly
My question: has anybody actually succeeded in BUYING the Digital TV box as opposed to renting it - and HOW did you do it?

Any advice appreciated - thanks

PS. Yes, I did search the forum for this particular issue, and I did skim the 90 threads to find an answer. I apologise if I missed it.
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