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I'd really like to hear more about this. It's what I'm waiting for before I get my parents to switch from Comcast to DirecTV. Hopefully they keep them extremely cheap, or preferably free. I need one HR34 and 6 thin clients. Maybe only 5 if I can convince them to get an RVU enabled TV for the living room.
 

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dwcolvin said:
Even my cheapest TV with an HDMI in has a digital audio out (if for no other reason than to feed audio from broadcast/cable somewhere)
While almost all do have a digital audio out, most will not ouput dolby digital surround sound for anything other than their internal ATSC/cable tuner. So if you run an HDMI cable from your DirecTV receiver to the TV, and then an optical cable from the TV to your surround sound system, you most likely will only get 2.0 stereo sound.

Some TVs are actually able to take the dolby digital stream from the HDMI input and output it over the optical out, but most TVs aren't able to.
 
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