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How to connect a PVR and a Freeview box to TV

Updated July 20, 2017

Connecting a Freeview TV receiver box and a personal video recorder -- often referred to as a PVR -- to the same TV, requires proceeeding in a specific order to enable you to record all the available channels. As the PVR doesn't necessarily have its own Freeview decoder built-in, the signal from your Freeview box must pass through the PVR before connecting to the TV. You can do this using standard SCART and aerial -- sometimes called "RF" -- cables

Connect the Freeview box and PVR power leads to the power outlets. Do not switch them on just yet.

Connect the cable from your aerial to the "Aerial In" socket on the back of the Freeview box.

Connect a SCART lead to the SCART socket on the back of the Freeview box, and an aerial lead to the "Aerial Out" socket. The SCART plug will only fit in the socket one way around, so ensure it is correctly aligned when plugging it in.

Connect the other end of the SCART lead to the "Input" socket on the back of the PVR, and the other end of the aerial lead to the "Aerial In" socket. This will loop the Freeview signal through the PVR on both SCART and RF connections, allowing you to record its channels.

Connect a second SCART lead to the "Output" socket -- which may also be labelled "Television" and be coloured blue -- on the back of the PVR, and a second aerial lead to the "Aerial Out" socket.

Connect the other end of the second SCART lead to a SCART input socket on the back of the TV. Connect the other end of the second aerial lead to the "Aerial In" socket on the back of the TV.

Turn the Freeview box, PVR and television on at the power outlets. The equipment is now connected and ready for use.

Tip

You will still be able to watch the Freeview box's channels on the TV even if the PVR is switched off. The SCART lead will pass the signal through regardless of the PVR's power status.

Warning

The Freeview box may need tuning in before it can receive the TV channels. Consult the instruction manual for details on tuning.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 SCART-to-SCART leads
  • 2 male-to-female coaxial aerial cables
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Spanner Spencer has been writing since 2005 for a variety of print and online publications. Focusing on entertainment, gaming and technology, his work has been published by Eurogamer.net, "The Escapist," "GamesTM," "Retro Gamer," "Empire," "Total PC Gaming" "The Guardian," among others. Spencer is a qualified medical electronics engineer with a Business and Technology Education Council certificate in technical writing from Huddersfield Technical College.