ok - new theory…
In everything that has been happening, it has been giving the appearance that someone is sitting there playing with the remote control accessing functions. But I’ve eliminated that as a possibility with my actual remote so assumed that meant there was a problem with the unit itself.
These problems started occurring at the same time as I bought a new television. Can I assume from your name that you are Canadian? I’ll presume you are Canadian (I’m Canadian too! just living in the UK!) and aren’t overly familiar with how we hook things up over here… and apologise if you know all this already…
Most people over here don’t have cable. TV is primarily provided either by antenna (just the 5 domestic channels) or fixed satellite mini-dish (like cable, you get a ‘package’ of channels, not like satellite dishes of old that could be moved to pick up anything). Cable is only available in very limited areas and there is something else called Freeview too - which isn’t important at the moment! Anyway, I have satellite and to use it you need to connect a ‘box’ to the TV. Similar to the cable boxes in Canada. You need it to take the signal from the dish to the TV.
This past year I bought a new TV, and when I did that I put the old TV up in the bedroom. There are only two ways to split the satellite signal - either get a second line brought in from the dish and a second box hooked up to the second TV, and pay for a second subscription… this method lets you view different channels on the two TVs at the same time… or you can buy a small transmitter that you hook up as follows - 1) to the satellite box and 2) to the second TV - and this allows you to control the SKY box from another room and transmit the satellite signal to the second TV.
This second method costs only the cost of the transmitting unit, which is like Â£30, but the disadvantage is that since there is only one actual SKY box, both TVs have to be watching the same channel at the same time. As I live alone and won’t ever need to be watching two different TVs on different floors on different channels I wasn’t about to pay the installation and subscription charges to have a second SKY box set up.
I tell you all this because I wonder now if it is the transmitting unit that is somehow screwing up the DVD recorder. The transmitter is designed to work with any AV equipment - not just a satellite box. So I could hook it to the DVD player and stick a DVD in and watch that upstairs and be able to control the DVD player… if I wanted to.
In my case it is hooked up to the SKY box only - BUT I’m starting to wonder if it is throwing around some interference that the DVD Recorder is tapped into. I know for a fact that no one in MY house is pushing buttons on a remote control, but that is not to say someone next door isn’t doing something. The transmitter unit is subject to interference the same way old portal telephones were… if you know what I mean… it has an antenna on the transmitter and another antenna on the receiver upstairs and there CAN be interference. Sometimes I get interference from the street and can’t get a strong enough signal upstairs to watch TV up there - so I know it is tempermental.
So my question is - because I don’t know AV equipment that well - can the proximity of the transmitter to the DVD Recorder be causing this? I just have my stereo/TV stuff stacked so the distance of the DVD Recorder from the transmitter is minimal. Only a few inches. BUT it is the transmitter - NOT the receiver. What I’m thinking is that the signal from the transmitter is going out and somehow being picked up and misinterpretted by the DVD Recorder - causing it to act on one of its functions.
Does that sound like something that could happen? Keep in mind ALL this equipment is hooked up to each other via the SCART cables (which is the primary way to hook up TV equip over here). So the satellite signal comes in via coax cable to the SKY box, then the SKY box is hooked up to the DVD Recorder via SCART, and the SKY box is also hooked up to the transmitter via a second SCART cable. Then the DVD Recorder is hooked to the TV via SCART.
The way SCART is meant to work is that all the units connected in the loop theorectically can talk to each other. The way it works in reality is that you can spend all day trying to get the loop right on the SCART cables to find a solution that sends the satellite signal to all the places you meant it to go - and there is often more than one solution! So this further lends to my theory that the transmitter (which is in this loop of SCART cables with the DVD Recorder) could be talking to it… if not via the antenna, then via the SCART cable.
What you think? Possible? If so, it is annoying because it means I’m stuck with the problem as long as I use the transmitter, but at least it’ll stop me from running over the DVD Recorder with my car! Do you think there might be a safe proximity I could put them apart? Or does it not matter because of the SCART loop?