HDMI inputs are like $100 bills: you can never have enough.
One usually goes to the cable box/DVR/TiVo; another to your Blu-ray player. And it's not unthinkable that you'd also have a game console, Roku box, and Apple TV. (What, just me?)
If your HDTV has only two or three HDMI ports, you're looking at a lot of cable-swapping. What a hassle.
To overcome this input deficit, get yourself a port splitter. Like this one: today only, Daily Steals has the Kinovo 501BN 5-port HDMI switch for $19.99, plus $4.99 for shipping. It lists for around $60, and Amazon sells it for $45.
This looks to be a pretty fancy-schmancy switch. It has LEDs that indicate port activity and an IR remote so you don't have to get off the couch every time you want to change inputs. Even better, it can sense input activity, meaning it'll automatically switch to the proper input when you turn on, say, your Xbox.
According to the specs, it also supports 3D, just in case that's a priority.
The 501BN comes with a grand total of zero HDMI cables; you'll need at least one extra to connect it to your TV. As always, I recommend paying no more than $2-3 per cable. Or less: Amazon continues to offer a six-footer for $1.65 shipped.
Speaking of Amazon, more than 300 buyers rated the Kinovo 501BN 4.5 stars on average. If you're looking to turn one HDMI port into five, in style and on the cheap, look no further.
Bonus deal No. 2: Today only, Woot has the SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime HDHR3-CC CableCard tuner for $129.99, plus $5 for shipping. That's the lowest price I've seen on this three-digital-tuner box, which plugs into your router and pairs with any Windows 7 Media Center PC on your network for true DVR awesomeness. Just make sure your cable company can set you up with the necessary CableCard.
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