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RE;Digital Cable TV

by tcp99 / July 7, 2012 5:26 AM PDT

What items does a residential home need to connect ALL their TV's to one cable box?

These Digital Converter Boxes are using excess electricity and I prefer using one box connecting all TV's. The boxes are not EcoFriendly.

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Depends on the Cable company.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 7, 2012 5:35 AM PDT
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RE: Digital Cable TV
by tcp99 / July 7, 2012 5:41 AM PDT

I have those socket energy outlets + other products to reduce energy cost.

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Re: digital TV
by Kees_B Forum moderator / July 7, 2012 5:38 AM PDT
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First of all, remember that a digital converter box can only convert one program at the same time. So even if you have 3 TV's connected, you can't view more than one program on them, not 2 different ones.

And then it depends on what the digital signal is converted TO, like analog or hdmi or scart. Most likely you would need some splitter suitable for the cable and signal used. There's a chance, if the box has different outputs, you could use 2 or all of them in parallel. Then all you would need are the right cables.

Without details like this no definite answer can be given.

Kees

PS. A converter box only uses power when switched ON. None if totally switched off or disconnected from the power outlet. Not too much (depending on the particular model) if in sleep mode. So having 3 and only turning on one (if only one TV is turned on) is eco-friendly. But maybe not user-friendly, if it has a long boot and startup time or - even worse - loses it settings when turned off.

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RE: Digital Cable TV
by tcp99 / July 7, 2012 5:53 AM PDT
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Kindly inform me what info you need so you can assist me in resolving this issue?

I've thought of a splitter, however I am unaware of one that will allow me to view (ex) TV 1 on Channel 2 and TV 2 on Channel 4 at the same time. Can this be done with a splitter and if so which one?

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A splitter won't fix this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 7, 2012 6:22 AM PDT
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ALL the cable companies I know of require one cable box for each TV for what you are asking for.

So back to the cable company for another box.
Bob

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by tcp99 / July 8, 2012 1:33 AM PDT

This may provide several inventors to create a simply cost effective Eco-Friendly solution.

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No it won't.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 8, 2012 1:39 AM PDT
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I can only guess you are not an electronics designer. Sorry to write a splitter is not the answer and neither is another box!

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by tcp99 / July 8, 2012 1:50 AM PDT
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I may be wrong but I feel there must be a way. I am not an engineer but know many who are and I should call them and obtain their opinion. Cool

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by maxraven / July 10, 2012 9:15 AM PDT
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the answer to your question is quite simple: you cannot view two different channels on two different tv sets using only one set box period.

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by tcp99 / July 12, 2012 7:10 AM PDT
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Thank you all for your assistance.

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