Sky HD Box Connections
Sky + HD box connectivity is summarised below:
- Two LNB inputs - Connects the box to your Sky dish via two coaxial cables. This allows you to record one channel whilst viewing another.
Screw on F-connectors are used to secure the cable. Connectors should be hand tightened and the coaxial cables should never be bent or unnecessarily distorted.
- Aerial input - Connect your TV aerial (if you have one) to this socket. Requires a male TV plug.
- RF Output 1 - Connects the Sky HD box to your TV's aerial socket. Requires a female Coaxial TV socket.
- RF Output 2 - Connects the Sky HD box to a distribution amplifier or loft box to feed Sky to other TV's around your home.
- TV Scart - Connects a non-Flat screen TV to the Sky box via a Scart Cable. It provides an RGB video signal and stereo sound to older CRT TV's. Composite video is also supported and video mode is selectable from the 'Video setup' on-screen menu.
Note: Plasma or LCD panel TV's should use the HDMI connection rather than the Scart socket.
- VCR Scart - Allows the connection of a DVD Recorder or VCR if you still have one via a Scart Cable. This allows recordings to be copied to DVD (subject to copyright restrictions).
- Optical Audio Output - An optical digital audio feed which allows an external amplifier or Dolby Digital 5.1 surround-sound decoder to be connected to your Sky HD box.
- Audio Output - Analogue audio outputs which allow the connection of a traditional audio amplifier via an RCA (Phono) lead.
- HDMI Socket - Use this socket to connect an HD Ready LCD or Plasma TV. This socket must be used to get the benefit of HD programming. An HDMI cable is required to connect your HDTV to the Sky HD box HDMI socket.
- Ethernet Socket - Connect to your Broadband Router to enable Sky+ Anytime Video on Demand service.
- USB Socket - Used to connect a PC to the Sky box for diagnostics. Will charge your Ipod too!
- Component and S-Video - Use these connections to connect an older CRT television which has Component or S-Video inputs to achieve better video quality than by using the Scart connection.
Note: Component is video only; so the audio connection to your TV must be made using the Audio Out (RCA) jacks.
- RS232 Connection - This is not generally used. It is a now largely redundant computer communication port.