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#1 OFFLINE   gewi

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 03:23 PM

I have 4 DVRs (3 HR20s and 1 HR21). 3 of the DVRs are in a cabinet next to my AV receiver and my home theater TV. I also have a large screen TV downstairs, that my wife uses primarily, that is connected to the other DVR. In addition, I have 5 other TVs that are used intermittently. These are connected through RG6 cable that is fed from a modulator with inputs from the S-Video and Audio outs from the 3 DVRs upstairs. In the same room as my home theater I have a small TV next to my computers that is fed from the modulator and is thus standard definition. I have found that for most of my TV watching I am looking at the TV between my computers with my back to the home theater TV and I would like to be able to watch the same program that is on my home theater TV on the smaller TV between my computers in HD. I also would like to get HD on the other TVs in the house, but this is not as much of a priority. Most of the TVs not directly connected to a DTV receiver have only a single RG6 cable running to them. I do not have SWM from my sat dish.
I am trying to figure out how to best get HD to my computer TV (without losing sync from the audio from my Home Theater) and if possible get HD at some of the other TVs that are not connected directly to a receiver without having to pay for a separate receiver for the TVs that may only be watched 30 min/wk. My wife says that she can not get by with being able to record less than 4 programs at a time. Any advice would be appreciated.

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#2 OFFLINE   peds48

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 08:25 PM

it is very expensive to distribute signals in HD. and there is no way, short of spending thousands of dollars in a QAM modulator to distribute HD via RG6. you can run component cables or HDMI cables

#3 OFFLINE   RACJ2

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 01:23 PM

I hope I understand your questions, since it was difficult to read a long paragraph of info. It you want to watch HD programming on your PC, here is the cheapest way. You can load DIRECTV2PC to your pc and watch. Here is a [link] to a thread about it. The only downfall to this, you have to record the program you want to watch to use it. Although you can record a program that is live and watch it about 1 minute behind the live feed.

There are a couple reasonably priced ways to get HD to your remote TV's. I did it for about $100 or so with a wired solution. It runs over cat 6 with HDMI wall plates that I bought from Monoprice. Here is a [link] to the HDMI wall plate selection starting at $17. I recommend that you buy cat 6 cable and at least 24 AWG HDMI cables that they recommend. Depending on how far you go and if you are already using the DVR's HDMI output to the local TV, you may need an HDMI powered splitter, which start at about $24 [link].

Others have used a wireless HDMI setup that they said works well. I have no experience with them. Here is an example of one that Best Buy sells for $230 [link].
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