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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.
Please note that Dooyoo advised that I post my review in this category, which is for a Philips product. However, the item I am reviewing is manufactured by Universal Electronics and not Philips.
When we moved into our current home almost three years ago one of the priorities on hubby's list was to connect Sky to our bedroom television and no, we do not subscribe to THOSE channels! Whilst I was quite happy to patiently wait for my bedtime viewing hubby was desperate for it to be sorted straight away! Fortunately, my priorities lay elsewhere, such as making our home as cosy as I possibly could.
The day after our house move the Sky engineer visited and rigged up our satellite dish, which provided us with a multitude of channels on our living room television; the majority of which I don't even watch! However, due to the excessive quotes received from both Sky and a local aerial company we did not go ahead with connecting the upstairs television.
Consequently, hubby set about carrying the work himself and subsequently connected the coaxial cabling to our bedroom television. However, the only way of changing the channel was to run downstairs to operate the Sky remote control, which had to be operated in the living room. It was quite ridiculous when I think back, particularly as hubby generally spends about an hour each day channel surfing and in fact, his antics led to quite a few arguments, as I was fed up with the constant flick, flick, flick of the array of television pictures!
He soon tired of this, but his quest continued where he purchased a couple of devices and once again, became extremely frustrated that neither would work! His latest purchase was one that he discovered approximately twelve months ago and is manufactured by Universal Electronics. The product is named Sky One For All TV Link and is a small black sturdy plastic device with a magic eye. We learned that if hubby could correctly fit this new device we would be able to operate the bedroom television from the actual room by way of a second remote control. What bliss this would be for me if this would actually work, particularly as I would no longer have to endure his huffing and puffing whilst he ran up and down the stairs!
Consequently, the new challenge began. In the TV Link set, in addition to the tvLink IR as described above, we were provided with a male and female connector and a tvLink connector, which fits into the rear of our bedroom television.
As hubby had already completed some of the required tasks prior to discovering this purchase, it was not necessary for him to follow all of the instructions, but I can advise that it was an extremely quick and easy process. Whilst I do not wish to use this review to provide step-by-step details, I can advise that it took him approximately half an hour from start to finish. It was simply a case of fitting a coaxial cable from the main television to our bedroom television and fitting the male and female connectors into the appropriate slots. It was also necessary for us to purchase a second Sky remote control, which can be purchased from stores such as Argos and Currys for around £10.
The tvLink eye is an extremely clever little device, but you have to ensure that it is placed somewhere visible and in the correct position to enable it to receive the signals from your Sky remote control. Hubby had initially blu-tacked it on the upper left hand side of the television frame, but I found this somewhat distracting, particularly as I would end up watching the device as opposed to my programme. Consequently, I relocated the device to sit neatly in front of the television.
I have to admit that it is extremely handy, particularly as we enjoy watching television from our warm comfy bed during the cold winter months. I would point out that this is not a device that will allow you to watch an alternative channel to your main television and is solely a product that will allow you to watch the same programme in another room.
I recommended this product to a friend a few months ago and she was delighted with her new purchase. However, one evening she was snuggling into bed whilst her young teenage son was supposed to be doing his homework downstairs and decided to watch a little television and was shocked when she switched it on only to discover a number of naked wobbly bits bouncing around the television screen! Her quiet teenage son was oblivious to the fact that his mother could see everything and was now fully aware of his curiosity for porn!
The tvLink IR is extremely lightweight and measures only 4 cm in length and 3 cm in width and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it is so effective. We have had the device connected for the 12 months since our initial purchase and have never experienced any problems whatsoever. My sister recently requested a local aerial company provide the same service for her and she was charged in excess of £100, which in my opinion is ridiculous for a length of coaxial cable and a similar unit.
I cannot recommend the One For All TV Link highly enough and I would advise that it is currently available from Amazon. You can choose to purchase the device together with a second Sky remote control from £15.20 plus P+P or just the unit from £9.99 plus P+P. However, please be aware that the Sky remote Amazon is selling is for the basic Sky box as opposed to Sky+ or Sky+HD.
As this is such a superb device it receives a full 5 out of 5 stars from me, together with a huge recommendation.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
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.