20 Aug 2004 11:52 PM
We've just arrived in perth & are awaiting our furniture shipment. We have brought 2 TV's with us with the plan of getting them modified.We went into an electrians to ask how much they charge for this & he wasn't impressed explaining that it is really difficult to do & would cost us $400 for each TV! This seems expensive to us - is there anyone who has recently arrived & got their TV's done in the perth region for less?
21 Aug 2004 10:54 AM
|Hi Stu and Dan
Glad to here that you have arrived How are things going. We got our TV's to work by buying a digital receiver it cost $200 so that would half your cost don't know if anything can be done cheaper.
22 Aug 2004 11:30 PM
|thanks for that Lorraine, $200 is a little better than the $400 we were quoted! Am i right in assuming that you have subscribed to foxtel digital or have you bought just the digi set top box for the free to air channels?
It's been a while since we last made contact with you,i hope things are working out well for you all. Where are you living? We are renting a large house in Currambine near Joondalup
(the house belongs to a friend of a friend so we were quite lucky on that score.
speak to you soon
23 Aug 2004 2:17 AM
|Just to let you know before you go buying anything, try the tv first, ours worked straight away when plugged in!!! no modifying or running via video or dvd player|
23 Aug 2004 7:52 AM
|Hi We bought the Free to air TEAC set top box with 2 scart scockets one for the Tv and one for the Video we have found you can play videos but does not record from TV Hope this is of help
23 Aug 2004 6:14 PM
|Hi Stu and Danielle,
As I mentioned in the 'what to take' page - I had both TV and VCR converted for about $100 a piece. I think the guy who did this was 'Druyts Electrical Service' in Warwick - 9447 8829, but this was a few years ago.
After reading your msg, I've been doing a bit more research and from what I can gather, the more modern TVs with NICAM stereo etc. are more complicated to convert for audio and possibly need conversion for the video signal also. Of course this will make it more expensive, although I don't know if $400 is a good quote.
It sounds like the digital set top box is a good option, but if other Aussiemovers have actually had a modern TV converted or know more about the problems, please post what you know.
25 Sep 2004 3:04 AM
|Rick Hart Seconds store in Northbridge (Perth) has an excellent value digital receiver for $179 at the moment (Thomson DTI1500AU). This gets all the standard terrestrial TV stations, excellent picture and sound, very easy to set up - we're really chuffed with it. As an aside got a decent progressive scan, multiregion dvd from there as well for $89 (Conia M550 - out of the box it works with region 1, 2 and 4 that I've tried - the packaging says region 4 only). Can also pick up a VCR in Quokka (local classified) from $50 - see www.Quokka.com.au. If you can get cable it will cost a couple of hundred $ to connect and about $50 a month after that for bbasic package but will work with your UK TV. Satellite is a little more expensive.
Our TV (Panasonic widescreen 2 years old) doesn't even get a picture without and everyone I've spoken to is quoting $400+ to convert. As someone said on another post some will work in Australia - try emailing customer support for the manufacturer if you really want to know in advance.
My reccommendation is that if you have an old/cheap TV leave it; if it is more modern bring it and get a VCR, cable or desktop digitial terrestrial receiver.|
25 Sep 2004 1:10 PM
|thanks for the meesage Di.
Just to reiterate what was said by tps..try your tv first as when we plugged ours in we received all the channels...good eh? we've just subscribed to foxtel as well (mainly so i can watch live soccer at some unfeasable hour in the morning!)so we have quite a few channels to choose from....anyone else thought how bad aussie telly is...maybe it's to encourage people to live the outdoor lifestyle!!
Gonna try Rick Hart Seconds this weekend.