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Old 08-05-2014, 06:44 PM   #1
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HDMI Audio/Video splitter

Was helping my friend with his new Winnie Tour setup a portable satellite dish. The Winnie was set up with a HDMI 4x4 Matrix with IR Remote Control Extension panel. Really simple design with the ability to watch separate or the same device from any TV, as well as OTA on any TV independently. I googled some of the switches, and they are fairly inexpensive. So my thought was, why aren't they using these on TTs and 5ers? They can be had with strictly HDMI cable runs or using CAT6 cabling. Has anyone retro-fitted anything like this or thought about it?
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:00 PM   #2
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That would be a cool feature, but in my experience it takes a pretty high end switch to maintain the resolution and refresh rate. May not matter in an RV, as I don't think the TVs are very high refresh rates anyway.

Interesting though - I got a chance to play with my dish OTA plugged into the Hopper in the Redwood. It scanned and incorporated 58 channels into the guide, and I have access to the OTA channels from any of the Joeys as well as the hopper independently. The OTA channels are gold bars in the guide. here is the cool part.........

The Hopper and Joeys let me rewind and record the OTA channels!!! I didn't realize it would do that. I'm sitting here watching the Danny Thomas show outside in a lawn chair "priceless"
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:05 PM   #3
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The one in the Winnie looked to be the one on Amazon for just over $300.
I did not know the Hopper did that, will have to start working towards replacing my receivers at home and in the camper with them. My received does the OTA and picks up the guide, but that is about it. Danny Thomas, it has been many a year. I do like some of the OTA stations you don't get on Dish though.
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That might be a pretty good switch then. Cat 6 may overcome the refresh rate anyway. I just don't know enough about that stuff anymore.
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Are you guys talking English?? I park scan OTA or park cable & watch TV.
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Old 08-05-2014, 10:58 PM   #6
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ah - but can you pause and run to the bathroom, rewind and watch the "hot" scene again, or even record and watch later?
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Yep! On my DVD player. Is Joey Hopper a talk show? Never seen him on any OTA channel.
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Yep! On my DVD player. Is Joey Hopper a talk show? Never seen him on any OTA channel.

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Guy....you look like you're having too much fun with all your cartoons.....you need a hobby:
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Guy....you look like you're having too much fun with all your cartoons.....you need a hobby:
Well Dave..........

I garden, I mow the lawn, I work on my shop in the barn at home, I do my own electrical work, I do my own plumbing, I do my own carpentry, but, as a retired electrical/electronics engineer, I get a big kick out of reading the folks comments about things technical. Sometimes I just have to do something that doesn't require any thinking!!

Right now I am especially enjoying our trip in our RW to Washington state. We are in Rawlins, Wyoming tonight.

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