Connecting a DVD Recorder to Virgin V6 or Sky Q

The latest set top boxes from Virgin and Sky have dropped the SCART sockets that people have traditionally used to connect up their DVD recorders. So how do you connect up your trusty DVD Recorder which only has analogue inputs? The answer is a HDMI to SCART convertor.



In fact all analogue connections have now disappeared completely and your only option is to use the digital connections, namely HDMI and Digital Optical. So how do you connect up your trusty DVD Recorder which only has analogue inputs? I had to solve this problem for a customer recently and this is how I did it.

Use a HDMI to SCART Convertor

The aim of the exercise was to maintain the highest quality digital picture produced by the Virgin V6, 1080p on my customer’s television, whilst at the same time producing an analogue signal (PAL/576i) that could be fed into the DVD recorder. This can be done by splitting the HDMI output from the Virgin V6 two ways, connecting one output to the television and the other to a HDMI to SCART convertor.

This is what I bought from Amazon to do the job:

  • ESYNiC HDMI to SCART Converter
  • ESYNiC 2 Way HDMI Splitter
  • AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI 2.0 Cable (pack of 2 HDMI 2.0 cables, each 0.3m long)

Power off all AV Equipment before connecting anything new

Before connecting things up make sure all your equipment is powered off at the wall socket. If you don’t you do this you will run the risk of a power spike across an HDMI connection damaging your equipment.

Install the HDMI splitter

The first step is to take the HDMI cable supplied with your set top box and connect one end of it to the set top box’s HDMI output and the other end to the input of the 2 Way HDMI Splitter. Then plug in the power supply for the HDMI splitter to an available socket, but don’t turn it on, yet.

Install the HDMI to SCART convertor

Next connect the two new HDMI cables to the outputs of the HDMI Splitter. One HDMI cable should then be connected to an available HDMI socket on your television and the other should be connected to the HDMI to SCART convertor. Now connect the USB power cable  for the HDMI to  SCART convertor into the USB socket on the back of the Virgin V6 or the Sky Q you’re using. Finally connect a SCART lead from the HDMI to SCART convertor and your DVD recorder.

Update: The HDMI to SCART convertor may have a switch for PAL or NTSC. Make sure the switch is in the PAL position if you are in the UK or Europe.

Connect the DVD recorder to the television

If you haven’t already done so, connect up the DVD recorder to your television using either HDMI or SCART cables depending on what sockets are available. In my customer’s case I used an HDMI cable.

Turn on the power

If everything is connected you may now turn on the power to all your equipment as well as the HDMI splitter.

You should be able to record content from your Virgin V6 or Sky Q box to DVD as well as watch the same content at full quality (at least up to 1080p anyway) on your television. The recordings to DVD won’t be as high quality but at least you can keep play them whenever and wherever you like.


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70 Replies to “Connecting a DVD Recorder to Virgin V6 or Sky Q”

  1. Hi, followed the connection advice and bought the various converters and splitters recommended. One question though…how do you incorporate into this a Sky sound box ? Tried another splitter between the sound box and the other splitter to the Sky Q box, but whilst the DVD can playback, it can’t see the tv signal on the Sky Q Box to record? Any help would be gratefully received thanks.

    1. Hi Geoff,

      I haven’t tried this with a Sky Soundbox. However, I did try it with Sky Q Mini connected to a Yamaha AV Receiver and that worked OK.

      Sky wants you to connect Sky Q through their Soundbox to your TV. Therefore, I would put the HDMI splitter between the Soundbox and the TV in case there is anything proprietary happening between their two boxes. If you want to play the audio from your DVD player through the Soundbox you will need to have the digital optical cable connected between the TV and the Soundbox.

      What Sky Q box do you have? One potential issue I can foresee is if you have a Sky Q 2TB box and a 4K/UHD TV. It won’t work if the output resolution of the Sky Q is set to 2160p (4K/UHD) as the HDMI to SCART convertor only supports formats up to 1080p (Full HD).

      Let me know how you get on.


  2. Hi I have connected V6 box to my dvd recorder as suggested but on dvd source on tv all I get are coloured bars what am I doing wrong?

  3. Hello Graham,
    I have tried lots of HDMI to SCART converters, however they all suffer from a shimmer problem which is really annoying. I record the football from my Virgin 6 and the markings on the pitch are all broken up on playback. Are there any other solutions to this, is there any wireless option I could go for? My dvd recorder has only a scart connection. Hope you can help!

    1. Hi Jude,
      Unfortunately, the quality of the picture recorded to a DVD recorder via a HDMI to SCART converter will never be great. The HDMI to SCART converter takes a 1080p digital input, downscales it to 576i and converts it to analogue. The DVD recorder then converts the analogue signal back to digital before storing it to the DVD. You are losing more than 7/8 of the original picture information plus you are introducing noise through the digital to analogue and analogue to digital conversion processes.

      If you are wanting to record at a higher quality than using a DVD recorder you might want to read a couple of my older posts: I wrote a post in March 2017 about HDMI to RF modulation – – to distribute HD quality signals from Sky Q/Virgin V6 over aerial cable to Freeview HD televisions. I also wrote a post in January 2018 about recording Freeview HD channels – – to a software digital video recorder.

      I hope that helps.

      1. Hello Graham,
        First of all many thanks for replying to my query, you are a gentleman. I had been happy enough with the quality of dvd recordings from my old Sky box even though it was analogue scart to scart. The Virgin tivo as you know has a hdmi. I am not particularly up to speed with technology so can you let me know how I could go about using another method, is there any wireless hdmi to scart possibility? I appreciate your kind help,

        1. Hi Jude,
          I don’t know of any alternatives for converting HDMI to SCART that uses wireless technology. However, the HMDI RF Modulator, that I wrote about in March 2017, converts the HDMI output from the Virgin or Sky box to a Freeview SD or Freeview HD signal. This can be fed via a coaxial aerial cable into a DVD recorder (if it supports Freeview SD) or a Blu-ray recorder (Freeview HD). As there’s no conversion of the signal from digital to analogue and back again the picture quality will be pretty good. The downside is that the DVD/Blu-ray recorder will not have access to what’s playing on the Virgin/Sky box. Therefore, all recordings done this way will need to be timed.
          If you need more help please email

  4. Hello Graham,
    I followed the connection advice for my sky Q box to my dvd. So I could put some Chelsea programmes on my hdd before the channel gose off sky in June. The only think stopping me is the usb lead the pic is blank with hdmi 1 on it otherwise have no where to put it in my dvd. It’s 9 years old a Panasonic DMR-EX773EB. I have health problums eilepsy.
    Thank you

    1. Hi Dermot, I’d be pleased to help a fellow Chelsea supporter! First make sure all your devices are powered off. Then take the HDMI output from your Sky Q box and plug it into the HDMI Splitter. Connect one HDMI output from the HDMI splitter to your TV and the other HDMI output to the HDMI input of the HDMI to SCART Convertor. Connect the SCART output from the HDMI to SCART Converter to the AV2/EXT connector on your DVD using a SCART lead. To record from Sky Q you will need to select AV2 as your input source on your DVD/HDD recorder.

      I hope that helps.


  5. Hi Graham,
    I had a fulty splitter the HDMI light dose not work. And will have a new one from Amazon tomorrow. See how I get on then.

  6. Hi,
    I am trying to connect a Virgin V6 box to a Panasonic DMR-EX85 DVD recorder and I am using a Neoteck HDMI to scart converter. The problem is that when I copy from the V6 box to the DVD recorder the picture jumps every few seconds. Can you suggest what I can do to remedy this ?

    Many Thanks
    Peter Morris

    1. Hi Peter, does the picture jump on the TV when you are recording or just when you play it back from the DVD? Sounds like something is running at a different frame rate to everything else and is not syncing properly. Have you tried turning everything off at the wall (Virgin V6, TV, DVD Recorder, HDMI SCART, Convertor etc) and trying again once the power’s back?

      1. Hi Graham,
        I think I have sorted it by altering the settings on the V6 box (from 1080 to 576. The picture is perfectly acceptable and it no longer has that annoying picture jump

        Many Thanks


        1. Hi Peter, I’m pretty sure the ESYNiC HDMI to SCART was able to scan convert from 1080p to 576i. However, I’m sure the picture quality you are getting will be better as you’re not converting backwards and forwards.

  7. Hi graham

    I have just connected as described and can record sky on my DVD – thanks! However my tv now thinks that my sky Q box is on HDMI 4 and HDMI 1. When not running through splitter all is on HDMI 1.

    This Is only an issue when I press home on my sky Q remote as this switches to the auto detected HDMI 4 which is actually connected to my Apple TV box.

    Any ideas how I can get around this?

    1. Hi Bernice, what make of television do you have? Are you connecting the DVD to the TV using HDMI? If so, what HDMI port is the DVD connected to? I’ve seen something like this happen on my LG with an Apple TV 4K.

  8. Hi Janet, sounds like you are watching your Virgin V6 via the DVD recorder. Are you using an HDMI splitter between the Virgin T6 and your television? One HDMI output to the television and the other output to the DVD recorder via the HDMI to SCART convertor.

    1. Hi Graham thanks for the reply. I’m not too sure. I know I have one HDMI lead from the T6 box to the splitter (it’s a 3 way splitter). I think I then have an HDMI cable from the dvd recorder to the tv (or splitter I can’t remember which) and one scart lead from the dvd recorder to the scart converter and the other scart from the dvd recorder to the tv. I have 3 HDMI inputs on my tv and they are all in use – one of them is the HDMI from the splitter to the tv. I will check this but do I need to use both scart sockets on the dvd recorder or just one from the recorder to the scart converter? It took me some time to get it all to work and apart from having to watch Virgin via my dvd recorder it’s not a bad picture.

        1. Hi Graham all is now sorted – decided to purchase 2-way splitter so less complicated than the 3-way one I had and the coloured lines were due to a faulty HDMI cable. Thank you so much for all your help.

  9. Hi Graham I forgot to say that I’d also used a HDMI cable from the recorder to the tv. I think I’ve gone overboard with this. I’ll have another look next week when I get a chance.

    1. Hi Graham have linked up as advised but cannot get T6 via dvd recorder just coloured bars saying PAL. I have pressed the button on the splitter but to no avail. Any ideas would be welcome

  10. Hi John, unfortunately, your specific DVD/HDD recorder will only record from the internal Freeview HD tuner. You could convert the output from your Sky box into a Freeview HD compatible channel using an RF modulator. However, it is unlikely you would be able to record that as there would be no TV Guide information transmitted with the signal.

  11. Hello Graham.
    I bought all the things as shown in your diagram, but the HDMI splitter I bought hasn’t got a power supply. Do I have to buy another one with a power plug ?

  12. I got the splitter as shown in your link, but it does not have a power supplu. Connecting everything up, I just got a screen showing vertical coloured bars when I try to record. A comment above mentioned that this was corrected when she pressed the button on the splitter, but our splitter doesn’t have any buttons.

    1. Hi Mariana, the colour bars indicate that the HDMI to SCART convertor is not getting a valid HDMI input. What’s happens when you connect the HDMI cable directly from Sky/Virgin box directly to the HDMI to SCART convertor? Buy the way, the eSYNiC HDMI splitter should come with a 5v power supply. I suggest you return the one you have and ask for another one which has got a power supply.

  13. Thank you Graham. I’m doing this. Hopefully, the powered splitter will do the trick. Will let you know when I am successful. I can’t thank you enough for the help you’ve given me.

  14. Thank you so much,followed the instuctions and can now record from sky q. picture quality is not bad,even on a 65 in screen.brilliant.

  15. Powered splitter arrived this morning. Connected everything up and it works! Thanks so much Graham. I’ve still got the original HDMI splitter and would be happy to send it to you if it’s any use at all.

  16. Hi Graham.. have just had Sky Q installed and have followed all your inst. but now all I get is a message saying “this programme is not allowed to be recorded “.. regardless of which programme it is on…previously on my Sky plus box I could record with no problem onto my Toshiba dvd recorder…. I have new hd cable connectors and bought the splitter and converter you recommended… What else can I try please…

  17. Hello Graham

    I have carried your procedure exactly as listed to connect Sky Q to Sony DVD recorder. My Sky has moved from HDMI4 to HDMI1 and DVD has moved from AV2 to HDMI4. I have no picture or sound on the DVD although I can still watch programmes already on the DVD HDD. Have I done something wrong, is there a solution. Also, if I get this to work can I copy programmes already downloaded on to Sky planner or is it only live programmes?

    1. Hi Phil, it’s difficult to know from your description why it isn’t working. However, once it is working you should be able record anything that you can play out from your Sky Q. Obviously, the quality won’t be as good.

  18. Hi I’ve been trying weeks to connect my dvd recorder to my sky q box but came across your forum today have yet to try your way.But what is best to use sky q main box or the mini box which one works

    1. Hi Richard, the method described should work with any set top box with an HDMI output to a television. I’ve personally seen it working with Sky Q 2TB, Sky Q Mini and Virgin V6.

      1. Ok thank you Graham I’m glad you know been so frustrated not getting it sorted I hope we crack it if I have any problems can I please get back to you wish you were here to do it lol

  19. Hi graham this afternoon we set about trying your set up again we have the 1 input 2 output hdmi splitter and hdmi to scart it’s so frustrating it does not work I can play stuff from my hard drive to tv but sky q does not come up when dvd recorder is turned on really mind boggling !!!

    1. Hi Richard, have you selected the right input on your DVD recorder? Also on the eSynic HDMI to SCART convertor I saw yesterday, there is a switch between PAL and NTSC. If you are in the UK or Europe this needs to be set to PAL. What make and model is your DVD recorder?

  20. Hi thanks for quick response at the min I dont have the option on mine meaning pal and ntsc but have ordered one and it’s on it’s way is that my problem or is my dvd recorder to old its toshiba / hdd player 10 years old my splitter and converters are not same make as yours but should that matter ?

  21. Hi Graham the hdmi to scart converter I have got hasn’t got a pal and ntsc switch on it would that be the problem does it need to be the esynic one to do it.My dvd recorder is 10 years old and a Toshiba dvd recorder with hdd and a RD -88DT model thanks will look forward to hearing from you soon

    1. Hi Richard, I can’t find a manual for your recorder online. However, if you follow my instructions for cabling everything then it is then a case of getting the input set on your recorder for Sky Q – probably Line 1 – and getting the TV input set to the HDMI or SCART coming from the DVD recorder.

  22. Worked a treat, although at first I was confused as to how many hdmi cablesi would need in total.

    Once I worked that out and followed your diagram, all was great

    many thanks


  23. Hi Graham not being very technical minded I’m not sure what you mean all I’ve done is gone by the diagram and nothing is connecting would it be that the dvd recorder is too old.I wish I had the luck that everyone else is having on here I really want it to work.Is there a set up videos rather than picture to go by.

    1. Hi Richard, I originally wrote this article after a paid engagement with a customer. I researched the solution for him and luckily found the solution that someone had posted on a bulletin board. Having tried it out first, I implemented it for my original customer. I’ve also helped someone who contacted me via this post – he did live about 10 miles away from me, though. I could help you remotely if you would like but I would have to charge for my time. Please email directly if you interested.

  24. Hi, I’ve bought everything you’ve said, but my tv only has hdmi & dvd only scart, can you buy a cable that has scart one end & hdmi the other. everything is connected as above as shown except something from the tv to the dvd player so wont work till I have this. thanks

    1. Hi Fiona, you are going to need a SCART to HDMI convertor between the DVD recorder and the TV. This is a similar box to the one you have to convert from HDMI to SCART, but obviously it works in the other direction. I have no idea how good the quality of the video will be once it has been converted, though.

    1. Hi Again, I’ve set it up properly now extra bits I ordered have came, everything works, a bought dvd plays, but when I try to record from sky Q box onto disc nothing goes on it screen is just fuzzy..Help. thank you

        1. Hi Fiona, I’m glad you’ve got there in the end. What’s the picture quality like once you’ve put the DVD recording back through the SCART to HDMI convertor?

  25. Hi Graham all done and set up thank you for all your help just one more thing are the hdmi splitter and scart to hdmi they ok to leave switched on and powered all the time.Even if we aren’t using the tv like overnight or day thanks

    1. Congratulations, Richard, on getting everything working. In regard to leaving electrical devices turned on at night I have mixed feelings. I leave my television and attached boxes on standby all the time when not being used. However, I turn off my computer at night. I don’t think it matters too much either way – more of a personal preference.

      1. Yes so pleased it’s all sorted now ! I do turn off things to standby I mean the spliters are they ok left on or if sky is still on standby can spliters be turned off ?

        1. Hi Richard, you will need to have the splitter turned on when you watch television through Sky Q. You will only need the HDMI to SCART convertor turned when you are recording to DVD. All the rest of the time you can turn them off or just leave them on. Whatever you prefer.

          1. Thank you Graham for all your help and expertise so glad I’ve got it back all working like it was before you’re a top guy thank you so much for everything Richard

  26. Hi Graham,

    Followed your instructions and all went well till I played back the DVD. I had a bad problem with lip sink which lagged behind by a few seconds. Any ideas why this should be and how to correct? Larry

  27. Thank you for hosting your website and I would like to pass on a tip regarding generic HDMI-SCART converters: My generic converter powers-up using the HDMI cable alone. But if I also plug-in USB power, I obtain a picture that is zoomed-in to one quarter of the intended picture. This must be because the converter is receiving double voltage – since when the USB power is unplugged, the picture reverts to normal.

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