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· AllStar
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I was wondering if anyone has had a dilemma I've come across recently...

I upgraded from an old SD D* receiver and SD TiVo to an HR21-200.

My old setup was as follows:

Sat In > SD Receiver > SD TiVo > Splitter > two TVs.

So basically, I was splitting my output between two TVs with cable.

As I'm sure most of you already know, the new HR21-200 has no cable out port.

So my question is this:

Is there anything out there that can convert component output (or similar) to cable?

I'd really like to avoid having to rewire this setup and don't really want to upgrade the second TV at the moment either.

Any feedback is much appreciated.

Thanks in advance. :)
 

· Beware the Attack Basset
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Note that the RF modulator can only be used to carry an SD rendition of any content. An HDMI cable can be used for up to one HD display and a component cable will mostly work for another HD display. I hope you didn't outsmart yourself.

Note that if you want to use more than one modulated signal, you may need to use an agile modulator that will output on other than just the basic channel 3/4 options.
 

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Thanks for the advice.

I picked up a basic Phillips RF modulator at WalMart on the way home from work for about $16. This should work. For some reason I was thinking that I needed a component cable, but it's only SD so the AV should be fine. At some point I will probably replace the small TV in my wife's office with an LCD and then I think I will need to run a new line for HD.

Thanks again! :)
 

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HDinMA said:
Thanks for the advice.

I picked up a basic Phillips RF modulator at WalMart on the way home from work for about $16. This should work. For some reason I was thinking that I needed a component cable, but it's only SD so the AV should be fine. At some point I will probably replace the small TV in my wife's office with an LCD and then I think I will need to run a new line for HD.

Thanks again! :)
Either that or get another hd receiver for $5/month. It's worth it. BTW, do you know Jack Breen the physical therapist/Studebaker nut?
 

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raoul5788 said:
Either that or get another hd receiver for $5/month. It's worth it. BTW, do you know Jack Breen the physical therapist/Studebaker nut?
I thought about that too and that's probably what I will do when I get the new TV.

Never heard of Jack Breen. Why do you ask?
 

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HDinMA said:
At some point I will probably replace the small TV in my wife's office with an LCD and then I think I will need to run a new line for HD.
I'm concerned about what you're proposing. Do you mean run a new component or HDMI cable, or another coax? You cannot get HD without something that looks either like a long component or long HDMI cable. An SD TV will likely look better than an HD TV when fed by your modulator.
 

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harsh said:
I'm concerned about what you're proposing. Do you mean run a new component or HDMI cable, or another coax? You cannot get HD without something that looks either like a long component or long HDMI cable. An SD TV will likely look better than an HD TV when fed by your modulator.
I was thinking of splitting the HDMI output or running a long component cable for a potentially new HDTV in the office. But, because it's quite a distance, the simpler solution seems to be just getting another set top box as I am only using five of my available eight tuners at the moment and the RG6 line is already in place.

I just hate the thought of my monthly bill going up ... yet again. I've tried to cut costs in this area, but until SD goes away (if ever) I suppose it's in the cable and satellite company's best interest to nickle and dime us as much as possible.
 

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I was in a new house that had been prewired by an AV company. They had planned for the living room and bedroom HD receiver's to be 'hidden' in different rooms (closets) and operated by RF remotes, so the main RG6 went to the closets for those TV's. To make a long story short I had to set up the boxes at the actual TV location because they had no other equipment in the house yet. What was interesting is they had these wires from the closet to the TV location: a very long HDMI, misc. audio wires, and 3 other RG6 cables. One RG6 was labeled red, one green, one blue.

Can you use RG6 as component wires?

harsh said:
I'm concerned about what you're proposing. Do you mean run a new component or HDMI cable, or another coax? You cannot get HD without something that looks either like a long component or long HDMI cable. An SD TV will likely look better than an HD TV when fed by your modulator.
 

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kevinm34232 said:
I was in a new house that had been prewired by an AV company. They had planned for the living room and bedroom HD receiver's to be 'hidden' in different rooms (closets) and operated by RF remotes, so the main RG6 went to the closets for those TV's. To make a long story short I had to set up the boxes at the actual TV location because they had no other equipment in the house yet. What was interesting is they had these wires from the closet to the TV location: a very long HDMI, misc. audio wires, and 3 other RG6 cables. One RG6 was labeled red, one green, one blue.

Can you use RG6 as component wires?
I researched this earlier and found that there really is no way to go from component to RG6 but I figured I'd ask myself just in case something had materialized since then. The solutions proposed were multiple RG6 lines for each component, and I think some company ("rapid" something other?) sells a cable that combines these into a slimmer "cable" (more precisely a conduit) for a longer run.

I was looking for something that would combine the components to run through one RG6 line and I do not think this exists.

Sticking with SD on the analog TV will be fine for me for now...
 

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raoul5788 said:
If you check my avatar, you will see the car I bought from him. Like I said, he is a pt and also on one of the local town boards in Kingston.
Cool beans! :)

(How's that for antiquated New England speak? :D)

I'm actually from NY originally.

Thanks for clarifying, I had suspected something similar.
 

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kevinm34232 said:
What was interesting is they had these wires from the closet to the TV location: a very long HDMI, misc. audio wires, and 3 other RG6 cables. One RG6 was labeled red, one green, one blue.

Can you use RG6 as component wires?
Yes!
 

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So far this hasn't worked for me. I hooked everything up and I get a blue screen (with a line amplifier) or a severely snowy screen, i.e. major noise/interference.

I'm going to test this by hooking the TV up much closer. The line I am running in very long and part of it is RG59, but that shouldn't matter for SD.
 

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HDinMA said:
So far this hasn't worked for me. I hooked everything up and I get a blue screen (with a line amplifier) or a severely snowy screen, i.e. major noise/interference.
Remove the amplifier and see if things don't improve.

You might also test with a device like a VCR.
 

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Update:

I tested the modulator with a short line last night and it works fine. I then went to the halfway point (about 30') and see serious interference already. I think I may have damaged the cable while I was installing by yanking a kink through a small hole. I probably should have straightened the cable better before running it, but I was rushing the job.

I'll need to get more cable and see if the length is the issue, but I suspect this will be fine once I replace the cable...
 
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