Getting US analog TV signal into a UK TV
I moved to the US a number of years ago and brought my UK plamsa TV with me as the voltage was compatible and it accepts NTSC as well as UK PAL input signals. However, I have never been able to inject the analog RF TV signal from my Dish ViP722 receiver direct into the the TV as I think the channel spacing is different, i.e. when running the autotune function I get a good picture for a fraction of a second before the tuner moves on doesn't store the station.
My solution has been to use an old VCR to tune in to the RF signal from the Dish box and then using a composite lead to get the video into my TV. The RF output from the Dish box is in SD and I also lose the widescreen formatting (back to 4:3) so the picture isn't great. Fortunately the VCR I was using had stereo audio output so the sound was acceptable. Well, last night the VCR died and I had to replace it with an even older model I had lying around. The picture is even worse and the mono sound is terrible.
Now I could just cough up for the Dish Hopper with Joey and have great HD video and audio for an extra $7 a month. But I'm cheap. My wife is even cheaper.
So I'm looking for an inexpensive way to get the RF signal into my TV via something a little more modern and less clunky. My first thought was to use a HDTV receiver with a HDMI output to the TV but I don't know if the receiver will pick up the analog signal from the ViP722 box.
Might that work or is there another simple (cheap) solution...?