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I have a SA Exp. 4250HDC STB connected (1) to Panasonic P65ST50 Plasma via HDMI and (2) to an SD DVR (ReplayTV) via analog video out. I am getting the HDCP-020 handshake error when the TV is off - SD DVR sees video error message but gets sound. As many have reported, this error appears on non-HDMI video out connections (even s-video out) when the TV is off as the STB cannot make the HDMI handshake. I wanted to see what you all thought might be the best option for me to work around this issue while keeping my SD DVR:
1. connect STB via component to TV (through receiver) and optical/digital audio out to receiver. In theory, this should not result in loss of picture quality. Can anyone comment on that? What about loss of sound quality using digital/optical audit out versus HDMI?
2. try another STB from Brighthouse - I think they have a Samsung model (#?), but I expect this is a universal HDMI STB issue from other posts I have seen.
3. connect STB via HDMI through receiver to TV. I do not currently have an HDMI compatible receiver, but I am curious if the receiver will keep the handshake intact when in standby (for example, when recording overnight). Anyone have experience with that?
Others have posted about using an HDMI switch to make the handshake with STB when TV is off. However, I have tried that with a HDMI switch recently purchased and that did not work for me.