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Splitter (passive) depends on your signal strength as it will drop it by at least a half (3db).
Loop through means the box must be at least half awake to work, or you have to disable some power saving in standby which will obviously use a bit more electricity (not much but 24/7 can add up).
Active splitter or amp will also use more power and cost more upfront.
So if you have the signal I'd definitely go passive splitter, which is what I've done.
I hardly ever use my TVs' own tuners, it wouldn't bother me not to have the aerial linked at all.
There is no reason to go to the complication of splitters unless you have a specific need: are you keen to save a few pennies by enabling the HDR's low-power-in-standby setting? See Things Every... (click) section 7.
Thanks all I think I will try a passive splitter and see how I get on, I have all my av equipment in a cabinet and at night when viewing ( Humax box & amp or blue ray & amp) I leave the door open for cooling and want to just use the tv in the morning to catch the news and not switch everything on
"If it ain't broke don't fix it". And to quote BH It's only telly. I'm not really bothered by the latest ultra-hd tv just to watch old b/w films and tv programmes. The old crt will do fine until it breaks down.