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Philips SBC VL1200 Wireless TV Link

by Philips
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Watch and control video source devices anywhere in your home
  • Dual source input
  • Built-in Universal remote control extender
  • Plug and Play system
  • No cable laying, hole drilling or antenna siting
  • Signal passes through walls and ceilings
  • Suitable for all brands

Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 2.7 Kg
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  • Item model number: SBCVL1200
  • ASIN: B000068TYR
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

The Philips SBC VL1200 Wireless TV Link is an excellent innovation of interest to any household with more than one television. The premise is relatively simple, enabling you to send signals from video sources from one part of the house to another without the need for trailing cables about your home. The value of this is best explained by example, which will also enable us to define our preliminary testing of the product. We connected the transmitter box to our DVD player and satellite box, passing through to the main television. We placed the receiver unit by a second TV, located upstairs. We were then able to watch satellite, or DVD movies on either our primary, secondary TV, or both. You can even use the remote controls upstairs to operate the video source. You can have your primary television watching a different video source, or even on standby, while you watch something else on your second TV. It’s as simple as that.

Setting up the equipment is straightforward and can be done in less than five minutes. Take your receiver unit, plug it in and connect the supplied SCART lead to your secondary television. Next take the transmitter, plug it in to the mains and connect by SCART lead to your television. You can then connect the SCART leads from your choice of up to two video sources (eg: DVD/Satellite/VCR ) and connect them to the two input sockets on the back of the transmitter. The transmitter should ideally be placed directly on top of the video sources used, so that the infrared eye can send commands from the remote controls. If this isn’t convenient, as was the case with our test setup, a remote control extender cord is supplied, which is a cable with a jack plug that connects to the transmitter that has two infrared eyes that you can stick to the front of your video sources in front of the IR sensors.

The transmitter and receiver units are elegantly styled and discrete, each measuring 204x168x65mm, finished in silver, with a short flip-up aerial. The quality of reception is excellent, so that you can happily watch DVD movies on your second TV without feeling that you are compromising on image quality. The sets are vulnerable to interference, as with any RF based product, but in our testing we experienced minimal problems – a minicab visit temporarily caused some picture and sound noise, but nothing that prevented acceptable viewing. The Philips SBC VL1200 Wireless TV Link is a well implemented solution that achieves what it sets out to with aplomb. The package comes supplied with the transmitter and receiver boxes, two SCART leads, the remote control extender cord, two AC power adaptors and manual. You can separately purchase Philips SBC VL1205 additional receivers, if you want to hook up to more televisions. --Jason Weston

Manufacturer's Description

No more cables! Watch your movies & TV programs all around your home. No need to buy duplicate equipment and you can even use your original remote to control your devices through the VL1200. So no need to run downstairs

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I have owned this for years now. 24 Sep 2004
I have owned this device for some years.
It is for the most part a great device, and I find the picture quality to be absolutely superb although I have had some problems with it, some of which I have solved and some not.
1) Our microwave renders this device unusuable. It makes a frighteningly loud noise and completely scrambles the picture when the microwave is on.
2) My wireless LAN interferes with the picture too. I get a regular pattern of lines which on certain channels is better than on others, but never goes away. We live in a quiet town in Berkshire now, when we were in London I would often get other interference too.
3) Any picture signal with a lot of white in it (flame, or bright lights, mostly adverts and opening credits, fortunately) causes loss of vertical hold on the picture momentarily. This has never been a real issue.
4) The "Mounting the device above your video player or cable box" just doesn't work for us. I had to use the extenders, which means only two devices. I get around this by having the DVD player running through our Sky box, and the Sky box running through the VCR. This means that whichever one of these devices is on, will play a signal. I have ended up only needing one channel from the device this way, so the manual switch is no issue at all.
5) Our cable box would not work because the TV Link won't route the correct frequency of IR. Now we have a Sky box, and that also (maddeningly) has weird behaviour, and will work once or twice and then "jam" until it has been manually turned off and on again. Sadly I have to go downstairs to change Sky channels, but for watching movies in bed, and controlling the VCR/DVD with my universal remote it is a great device.
6) An added plus, if you have a DVD player like ours that plays CDs is that you can get your music beamed somewhere else too. Either on your TV speakers, or if you plug in a set of PC speakers, you could get more decent sound.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE NOTE - NTL AND TELEWEST CUSTOMERS. 5 Sep 2003
By A Customer
This is a great product, and the picture and sound quality are just what you would expect from traditional cables - BUT for some of us out there this is not the complete story. THIS PRODUCT DOES NOT WORK WITH NTL OR TELEWEST EQUIPMENT (You will not be able to change channel from the second TV receiver).
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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very useful product 8 May 2004
By Dr. Richard Dudley VINE VOICE
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The Philips VL1200 is a means of transmitting video signals to televisions around your house via a wireless transmitter and one (or more) receivers.
The VL1200 allows you to connect two devices (e.g. a video reorder and a DVD player) while other systems in the Philips range allow connections to either one or four devices (the VL1100 and VL1400 respectively). There are four channel settings, so you should be able to find one that minimises interference, even in the unlikely event that your neighbours have the same device.
Set up is very easy, by simply connecting your input devices to the VL1200 transmitter and then connecting that to your TV. All connections are via SCART leads but as only two are supplied you may need to buy another.
I have connected a DVD and video recorder and can thus watch these programmes on a TV in another room. As there's no aerial in this room I can also watch TV by transmitting it through the video recorder.
The VL1200 allows remote control signals to be fed through the receiver back to the transmitter and then to the DVD / video (etc) systems that you have connected. Thus while watching a DVD on the receiving TV, you can pause, stop and fast forward using the DVD's remote control just as if you were in front of the DVD unit itself. Sometimes this does not work with the transmitter unit alone, so additional diode connectors are supplied that adhere to the video / DVD IR sensors. This looks unsightly, but does work.
The picture quality is excellent with no obvious degradation from being transmitted. The only exception - for me - is Channel 5. While not great on the main TV, it is noticeably worse after being beamed to the receiving TV. I found that my (admittedly very old) microwave did not cause any interference whatsoever.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is NOT 'Universal' 16 Sep 2003
I purchased this unit after having interference problems with the AEI Digisender. Although the Philips unit is listed as being 'Suitable for all Brands' it does NOT work with any electronic unit with a IR Signal outside of the 32-40KHz band. This includes (as I was to find out) the Panasonic TU-DBS30 Sky Satellite Receiver (one of the most popular in the UK). The picture and sound quality however was excellent so if this unit functions with your remote control then great, just be prepared to return it if you find that it doesn't!!!!!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satellite TV on any TV in the house. Ideal! 16 July 2003
Being in an area where the terestial TV reception is poor I was looking for a way of linking other TV's in the house to the Satellite Reviver. Rather than clambering through the loft and putting in additional wall sockets a wireless solution would be ideal. And it is. Wasn't to sure how good the reception would be, but it's excellent. In fact you would be hard pushed to tell which TV the satellite receiver was connected to.
The transmitter has 4 scart connections, 2 incoming for either SAT/DVD/Video and 2 outgoing to the main tv. This does cause a problem if you have all three items. You'll need to decide which 2 you need to view from the external source and possibly add an addition scart connector if you have only 2 ports on the back of your main tv. Once set up, the transmitter will send one of the incoming sources to the receiver. Only one can be sent at any time. The transmitter has a couple of buttons on the front to set the source to be transmitted.
Plug in the receiver to your other TV and view the external channel and hey presto, whatever is being transmitted is on your other tv. No arial etc required. Perfect. You can also use the remote on this tv to change the source channels. The receiver sends any Infra Red signals back to the trasmitter for the VID/DVD/SAT to pick up.
The abilty to move a tv into any room in the house and just plug in the receiver and watch a perfect picture without any arial connections is great.
I'll definetly be recommending and demonstrating this product to friends and family. nb. You can have multiple receivers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful awful awful
I got given it by my cousin. Took me all evening to get the remote to try to work. Extremely temperamental, whatever position I tried. Just absolutely awful. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Ms. M. V. Ough
5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly gave it one star - but found guilty party (X-Box)
Connected it all up to our Panasonic 14GV2 (2nd TV) and got dreadful interference. Tried differnt channels still no change. Read more
Published on 18 Jan 2008 by Mr. R. Ellis
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This unit is really great & easy to install.
I plugged my dvd recorder (which has sky running through) into it then out into my 1st TV, then plugging the reciever into my... Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2006 by Mr. Steven W. Downey
5.0 out of 5 stars SBC1200
I bought this off Amazon last year. It was very easy to set both boxes up. The transmitter downstairs with the receiver upstairs feeding my restored 34 year old colour tv via the... Read more
Published on 27 May 2005 by SIMON
4.0 out of 5 stars Big up the Satus of this devices.
Simple, effective and no problems at all, very good quality of picture/sound. Only down side for me is the size of the devices, however this is only a small price to pay. Read more
Published on 27 Nov 2004 by Al
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Kit
Don't worry, just buy it. It works great and is easy to set up. Bit chunky but Phillips build quality, and the remote extender works a treat too. Recommended.
Published on 8 May 2004 by "mick_rollingstone"
3.0 out of 5 stars NTL users don't despair
I was disappointed that the original description of this product does not make it clear that the remote control aspect does not work with NTL. Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the job
I have the standard sky digital package and have just installed the Philips in the bedroom in my terrace. Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2004 by "mrrawhead"
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the job
I have the standerd sky digital package and have just installed the Philips in the bedroom in my terrace. Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Reception
I used the Wireless TV link after looking for a solution to get Sky into another room.
The reception was hopeless and involved the very careful balancing of receiver position... Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2004 by "jonsov"
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