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Old 05-05-2009, 06:00 AM
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Coding TV module to car

Guys,

I am looking at upgrading my TV module to digital. Will it work plug and play allowing me to drive around for a few days trouble free before I get it coded or does it really need to be done straight away as it freaks the electronics out?

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Old 05-05-2009, 10:15 AM
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Guys,

I am looking at upgrading my TV module to digital. Will it work plug and play allowing me to drive around for a few days trouble free before I get it coded or does it really need to be done straight away as it freaks the electronics out?

Thanks
No coding required. It's just 'plug and play'.

I upgraded to a Hybrid Digital tuner. Very easy, though getting the mounting frame out of an X3 is a challenge. The electronics (removing 4 plugs and plugging into the new tuner) was the easy bit!
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Old 05-05-2009, 02:02 PM
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Guys,

I am looking at upgrading my TV module to digital. Will it work plug and play allowing me to drive around for a few days trouble free before I get it coded or does it really need to be done straight away as it freaks the electronics out?

Thanks
It'll be fine - although Australia uses a slightly different digital TV standard to the rest of the world, I am pretty sure the BMW hybrid tuner will work.
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Old 05-06-2009, 04:03 PM
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how is you reception ?

put a friends tuner in the wifes bm last night and although the channels picture quality was slightly better the amount of channels was very poor

i know the area may have been an issue but i would have thought that more than 5 digital channels was not asking too much

i wish i could get hold one one of these to work in the uk

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hybrids seem to be fetching 450/550 on the bay

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Old 05-06-2009, 04:54 PM
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how is you reception ?

put a friends tuner in the wifes bm last night and although the channels picture quality was slightly better the amount of channels was very poor

i know the area may have been an issue but i would have thought that more than 5 digital channels was not asking too much

i wish i could get hold one one of these to work in the uk

RealOEM.com BMW E83N X3 3.0si DVB-T Set-top box

hybrids seem to be fetching 450/550 on the bay
Ah, now heres the rub ... I don't live in a particularly good area for Digital TV. I live on the English side of the Bristol Channel and we get WELSH digital tv ... problem is that it's variable as we loose 3 of the 6 digital multiplexes when the tide comes in!

However, when I'm in a good reception area, then the Hybrid seems to work quite well. It's not very well 'featured' as a digital tuner - no real EPG and a vary curious way of displaying available channels. Also, it appears to just add new channels whenever it comes across them (you don't seem to have to do a rescan) but it doesn't REPLACE the old channels, so if you move to a different transmitter area you will get two instances of each channel but obviously only one will work.

I am more concerned whether the tuner will continue to work when we switch over and the transmission standard changes from 2k to 8k - many set top boxes will cease to work, and I cannot find any specs on the BMW Hybrid module to say it's compatible with 8k mode.

I didn't pay that much for my Hybrid and offset the cost by selling my Analogue tuner - I was just lucky and jumped in when someone listed one for a 'buy-it-now' on ebay at a low price. For the amount I use it though, I wouldn't want to pay anywhere near the 500 they seem to be fetching at the moment, and the price is going to rise the nearer we get to DSO.
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thanks for the reply

very infomative and i think you have saved me 500
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anyone have one of these in US? I came across a EU listing and thought about purchasing. Ended up purchasing an analog for $300US. So not bad i think. I'm not familiar with the digital channels not available through subscription etc - but does anyone know what channels are avail in NY area? Is it safe to assume the usual NBC / ABC / FOX etc ??

Sorry for the NEWBEE questions but wondering if i should have got the digital.. really just got it to integrate video when i wanted.. backup camera etc..

Anyone have the hybrid in US?
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