My wife and I recently purchased a new house (new construction). The main living room has a fireplace, and the builder put power and a cable outlet above the fireplace (pictures attached). This is the only cable outlet in the room. I've already got the TV mounted above, but I'm having issues with wiring. The cable box won't fit on the mantel, and it's too big to mount behind the TV. We've got a book case next to the fireplace that we want to put the box on. I can run another cable TV outlet and install it behind the bookshelf without problem. The "real" problem is the HDMI cable. My initial thought was to drill a hole straight through the rearmost part of the left pillar of the fireplace and stick some conduit in there and just feed it through. This gives me pause for a number of reasons, primarily the risk of not getting a straight and true hole (given the uncertainty of what's behind the facade) and hesitation about tearing up the woodwork. Outside of that, I'm not quite sure what to do. Options I've come up with:
HDMI to RG6 converter - use that to turn the cable outlet above the fireplace into an HDMI outlet. Use an IR blaster and just put the cable box in the basement.
Wireless HDMI - unsure about quality issues.
I'm totally open to other suggestions, as well as suggestions on how to run a hard line. Hopefully the attached pictures will help.
The fireplace juts out from the house a little bit, so the wall is staggered back from the wall where the cable outlet will go. I can easily get under the floor where the wall behind the bookcase is. It's harder to get under the wall at the back of the fireplace, plus it's much higher up. It's been suggested that I look at pulling out the fireplace insert to get behind it.