Originally Posted by mrossetti
The balun looks like it would work nicely for point-to-point (though I'm concerned about loss through my patch panel — probably unnecessarily worried and they're inexpensive enough that an experiment might be worth it).
I'd still prefer some kind of one-to-many solution. There are some other, much more expensive, solutions (such as a combination of the Xantech multi-zone video matrix with Cat-5 support and their receiver modules) but they require multiples of Cat-5 cabling (which I actually have — and people thought I was nuts to run two Cat-5 and two RG6 to every port throughout the house!) but it's just so doggone complicated.
What I'd really like is a box that takes component or hdmi and outputs that to a (selectable) digital channel that I then feed back into my in-house RG6 distribution. (I don't want to pirate, I don't want to rebroadcast to my neighbors — I just don't want to have to buy a Tivo or rent an HDTV box for each of my 6 HDTVs: I can only watch one of them at a time!)
You are in the land of a Media Center PC with cable card tuners and Media Center extenders attached to Media Center Extenders like XBOX 360 slim 4 gig arcade. I think you can have up to five extenders per PC. You can insall a boat load of tuners in the PC using TunerSalad, eight of each kind. So you could have analog tuners, cable tuners, clear cable tuners and terrestrial OTA tuners... Not inexpensive but you would get full blown DVR capability at each TV with the Skinny XBOX arcade as acces and inteface device, only an cat 5 connection for each XBOX. No monthly lease payments or gear and no fee for the guide like Tivo.
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