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How can I transfer HD content room to room?

Old 02-05-07, 11:07 AM
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How can I transfer HD content room to room?

I have multiple HDTV's (in bedroom, living room , screening room, etc.)

I'm sick of paying the cable company $45 a month for multiple DVR service.. In addition, I hate having to switch rooms to watch something I recorded in another room.

So... what can I use - where I would have 1 or 2 DVR boxes located in a central location and it will feed that signal to the rest of the rooms of my house.

I want something that will be HD Quality and Digital Sound. most rooms are set up 5.1 or 7.1.

Most of these rooms have 2 sets of Coax going into them. I used to have both Direct Tv and Cable. so I do have extra unused Coax going into each room (this is great for sending back an analog signal, but not HD)

Could I use this Coax instead of Cat5? and set up some sort of media hub off of a computer.

Thanks !
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Old 02-06-07, 12:43 AM
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I would probably get a component distribution amp and run component to each room. And probably digital coax for audio. http://www.futurehomesystems.com/v600.shtml

You'd have to run 2 more coax to each location, though. And probably something else with at least 2 wires for control if you don't have it already. A third (fifth, really) coax would work or some CAT5. 4 coaxes gets huge, an option would be some good mini coax in a bundle to save on space. I have a 5-wire silver component cable running to my projector. 3 of them are used for component, one is for composite, and the other is just hanging out.

Distribution via HDMI would also work, if all your TVs are compatible. If each setup is capable, you wouldn't even need an audio cable. But you may be reaching the limits of HDMI distance. You'd probably have to consider how well the amp can actually amplify. And you'd have to be more careful about pulling this kind of wire through, it's more fragile.
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Old 02-06-07, 02:40 PM
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yeah, that is one way. I was hoping for something a little more simple...
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