I want to get a cable signal from the upstairs bedroom where the
HD/digital box is, to the family room downstairs. Most of the stuff I
found says the main box and the downstairs set have to be on the same
channel and obviously the remote won't word.
Anyway (short of getting another box) to get the signal from
upstairs to downstairs and still be able to have different channels
and/or remote capability (I can live without that if needed).
On Sun, 28 Feb 2016 09:54:22 -0500, "Kurt V. Ullman"
Not unless you have another output. On my Dish boxes the second tuner
outputs a regular RF channel that you can transport on coax cable and
they supply an RF remote that will work just about anywhere in the
house if you use the external antenna.
On Sun, 28 Feb 2016 09:54:22 -0500, "Kurt V. Ullman"
Ourts can watch one and record up to 8 at the same time (Rogers
NextBox3). I have the NextBox on the TV in the livingroom that my wife
usually uses, an HDBox on mine downstairs, and a simple converter box
on the one in my wife's exercise room. We get the full load on the 2,
and only basic cable plus on the other one .
On Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 3:30:10 PM UTC-5, email@example.com wrote:
It sounds like you need a box even for basic cable, correct?
I don't. I have 10 cable outlets in and around the house that get basic cable
directly from the cable without the need for set-top boxes. Man, it would suck
to need boxes for every outlet.
The boxes started around here just over a year ago. They were 3 or 4 for
free, but now they are going to start charging about 5 or 6 dollars per box.
I had 2 TV sets on just the regular stations and when they went to the
boxes, I went to direct TV. I did not get it at the time, but wish that I
had gotten one of the wireless boxes when they installed the system .
The FCC is taking about letting third parties make and sell the boxes. Not
sure how long they are into that. At least I can buy my own cable modem for
the internet and save those charges.
If the TV in the family room has a QAM tuner, your cable provider
continues to provide unencrypted local channels, and you would be
satisfied receiving only your local area TV stations (and maybe a few
others), you could plug the RF cable from the digital box directly into
the antenna jack on the back, run a scan on the antenna input, and then
wean out the redundant and unwanted channels that the scan selected.
I did that for our 22" TV in the dinette (our main TV, with the digital
box, is in the den). In addition to the local broadcast channels and
subchannels, I can view ARTS on a community service channel, and a 24 hr
local area cable news channel. Neither of those two can be received
over the air. It took a while to edit out all the scan detected
channels that either were SD, redundant, or encrypted, but I save more
than $8/mo and what we receive is fine for watching while preparing
and/or eating meals.
Of course, if your cable provider encrypts even local, over the air
station signals (an FCC ruling recently changed longstanding policy and
now allows that at the cable provider's discretion), your family room TV
doesn't have a QAM tuner, or you need to watch cable specific channels
in the family room, this solution won't work for you.
Our cable company allowed that up to about a year ago. Then they made it so
that every TV had to have a box of some kind to receive any stations. I
switched to Direct TV.
If you have a good internet connection, you might want to look into the Roku
type devices . That is a box that can be connected to the TV set and allow
some TV watching on a set that is not connected to the cable.
You only have to buy that box one time for about $ 50 to $ 100 depending on
the box you get.
While you probably don't want to do it, you might also want to look into the
smart TVs that do some of the same things.
Depends on the cable company. Most require a box to decode the signal.
Used to be a cable ready TV could get the basic channels with no box.
I'd look for a used compatible box and be done with it. I assume your
cable company wants a monthly rental
This place seems to have them for sale.
What I meant by this is that it's probably a good idea to buy a second
box, if you find a good place to buy one.
WRT the place 5 lines up, I haven't looked much at cable boxes,
andsince I don't have cable or satellite, and I wouldn't know a good
price if I saw one, but I looked at their OTA box,
It's very overpriced, about twice what it's worth. I guess 100 of
that is the installation (do they really send someone to your home?) ,
but you can do that yourself. Yesterday I found the receiver/ with
remote but no HDD for $34. This is a kit and adds a small antenna,
an HDMI cable and probably a triple RCA cable, plus installation and
setup (which you can surely do yourself) and a 160gig HDD (worth
$45???), and charges $200!!!!
The picture shows 3 boxes, but 2 of them are front and back views of
the same box. The list of things includes the OTA receiver and the
They call it a ""BLACK BOX" PACKAGE " and don't even give the make,
but by the picture it's a Mediasonic HomeWorx. This is their 2nd
model, although that came in two versions and I don't know which this
is. The third model included Karioke and just came out in January.
They were still giving discounts until Feb 17 if you wrote a review,
but it's only $60 w/o the HDD so I wonder what the discount price is.
If anyone's interested I'll get all three model numbers. ( hw150PVR,
hw180STB, and HW220STB)
I wasn't able to get the instruction manual for the new one, but it
looks just like the first two and the big disadvantage is that one
can't play a recording while recording. If you come home from work
and it's recording something, you have to have another tuner
somewhere, or start watching in the middle, or not watch tv at all
until it finishes.
It says "We need a name for our custom built HD-PVR. For now we have
named it the 'BLACK BOX"" Baloney, it's HW150PVR. Just look at the
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
On Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 9:25:15 AM UTC-5, Kurt V. Ullman wrote:
Two options, both of which I use:
For the non-HD TV's in the garage, the shop, the shed, etc. I settled
for whatever is available on Basic cable by just splitting the cable
at the source and using some amplifiers. The digital HD versions of our
local channels (x.1, etc.) are available on the Basic cable, so I can
watch some shows in HD on the HD TV in my office, which works fine for
For my basement TV, I opted to go with TWC Whole House DVR service. This
gets you one set-top box with a DVR and one set-top box without a DVR.
I get the full suite of channels on both sets, but I do not have pause,
rewind, etc. on the basement TV - well at least not directly. With the
main DVR box, I can record up to 2 shows at the same time and also watch a
DVR'd program while the other 2 shows are recording. What I will often
do is begin a recording on the DVR and then access that recording on the basement TV by using the Whole House DVR service. In other words, while the
main DVR box is recording the show, I am playing it back via the basement
set-top box. This gives me the pause and rewind capabilities I like,
especially for sports where I might want to watch a play more than once.
The Whole House DVR system is cheaper than 2 DVR's by about $15/month and
for now, it suits my needs. While it would certainly be more convenient to
be able to use pause and rewind without having to start the recording
upstairs, I don't do it enough to warrant the extra $15/month.
That gives me another idea for the OP. Call the cable company and tell
them you are considering an offer from Dish or DirecTv. Tell them they
will give you a better setup for the two TVs you have and see what they
When they raised my price I called DirecTv and got $30 off instead.
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