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I first learned about this TV Link Magic Eye from the tradesman who eventually installed it for us and advised us of the possibility of installing this device to provide access to the Sky box upstairs rather than being wholly reliant on Freeview channels.
The TV link eye is readily available and can be purchased from Argos, for instance, for £14.99. For us, however, it was worth buying this directly from a tradesman and having it fitted on our behalf - particularly as some drilling was required to enable the lead to be connected up to the television in the bedroom. Reviews on the Argos website are mixed as to whether this is easy or not for a novice to fit themselves.
As the leads connect from the back of the Sky box, it was fairly easy to box the cables in using plastic piping. Likewise, the connections for the upstairs television sit at the back of the television so are also fairly unobtrusive. The device comes supplied with a lengthy cable and a small 'eye' which sits at the front of the second television and is controlled by a remote control. The remote control needed is not supplied so this is an extra cost. If self-fitting, a coaxial cable is also required.
The eye piece originally came with a sticky pad at the back, making it easy to fix into position on the bottom corner of our television bevel. It is very small and discreet and does not obscure the view of the television screen at all.
The eye is very responsive, despite its tiny size and I find that the sky box responds just as reliably to the remote control used upstairs with no glitches or delays in responding. All of the functions usually accessed by the Sky remote can be used via the eye so I am able to record programmes, pause, rewind etc.
The only real disadvantage to this kind of device, rather than having a multi room set up, is that it is not possible to watch a different programme to that being shown on the television downstairs.
This certainly serves our needs well. It has remained in good working order since being installed around two years ago and we have not experienced any issues or difficulties at all so I am happy to recommend this simple device.
The Philips Sky TV Link is a great & cheap way of allowing you to watch Sky in any room within your house without the need for Sky Multiroom or any extra Sky boxes.
The principle is fairly straight-forward as you effectively have to connect the eye to an standard aerial cable that will then need to be routed to the back of your sky box. If you have an aerial cable fed through already and you understand the way all the cables interconnect, you could split all your wires in the loft to avoid having to drill your walls, put extra cabling around the house and all the associated mess.
We have used the Eye for a good 3 years and it still works as well as the day we first got it. We are able to watch our Sky TV in the kitchen as well as the Lounge which makes life considerably better than being resigned to the standard freeview channels. Performance-wise, you do not notice a difference from operating the Sky box directly.
There are two minor downsides to using this product, neither of which I consider a proper negative. The first is the fact that you can still only watch the same channel on both TVs as long as you only have one Sky box. The other is that you have to purchase an additional Sky remote. This, of course is optional, but makes life easier.
All in all, I couldn't recommend the Eye any more. It is an excellent product that works a treat at a very affordable price!
The Sky TV Link is a small device that plugs into the back of your TV enabling you to control your Sky viewing from more than one room using a remote control. The TV Link is also known as a Sky eye. The eye also works on Sky plus and HD.
It sounds brilliant in theory but as we all know the reality is always a different story.
I thought that this little gadget would be the answer to our problem of not having Sky in the kitchen. Unfortunately it wasn't just a case of plugging it into the back of the TV. Sky engineers had to come and lay cable from the RF2 outlet on our Sky digibox to the kitchen where we wanted to watch and control the Sky TV, I think they also connected something to the sky dish. It was quite expensive as we needed lots of cable. You have to consider that it may have to run along the outside of your house which is sometimes unsightly. You might be lucky and be able to lay the coax through the house without too much inconvenience but again the wires are quite large and are sometimes hard to conceal.
On day 1 of our new gadget I was happily ensconced in the kitchen stirring my rue sauce and was totally engrossed in Top Gear. To my dismay the TV changed channel and my ears were assaulted with the screeching of the Simpsons. I seize the remote control and within seconds I am back to Jeremy, triumph! Alas 2 seconds later and I had Bart whinging in my ears again. I went to explain to my daughter that I was watching something in the kitchen and she would have to wait her turn. She returned to her bedroom and I went back to my rue sauce and The Stig. Surprise, surprise 10 minutes later my eldest daughter and her friends were in the front room with Kiss pumping at full throttle on the TV. I gave up and turned on the radio.
The only time that I benefited from the Sky eye was when I was alone in the house.
The engineer who installed the cable for us said that we could have up to 8 TV Links installed if you use a Sky splitter. It is bad enough having 2 of them, 8 would be a nightmare, everyone would be changing channels all over the house, and you would never watch the TV in peace.
These little eyes are quite cheap to buy but remember that you will need a remote control too. We have bought 7 TV Links in total over 3 years. They seem to break very easily; we had 1 that lasted just a week. The eye is only a couple of inches long and very light. The eye sits in front of the TV in range of the remote control. The box has 2 connectors, the coax cable goes into one end and the other end fits into the Ariel socket on the TV. I have always received mild electric shocks when fitting this into the TV; I don't think I am alone.
I would never recommend this product to anyone. The picture quality is so inconsistent that you have to jiggle the coax cable around to get a decent picture. The eyes are unreliable and break easily.
I have rated the installation very low because you will have to lay cables before you can get a link.