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You'll lose up to half the signal strength with a splitter.
Anyway, the zoom mode on the Samsung does not display proper picture proportion with a 4:3 image from a 720p/1080i channel on a 4:3 display, other than in "postage-stamp" form. The two modes other than "full" make everything tall and skinny - one mode leaves black bars on the sides, and the other fills the screen, but still stretches it vertically.
The only way you can fill the screen and keep the proper proportions is for the (4:3) TV to have the proper zoom mode, which stretches all 4 sides evenly.
It's a shame, because my DTB-H260F set to output at 480i on my 4:3 SD CRT over component looks noticably sharper and more detailed than even the Zenith. The Zenith does look excellent, but the Sammy looks even better.
Unfortunately, my 32" CRT doesn't have a zoom mode.