Hey guys/gals! I couldn't find any thing that could help me get to an answer to my problem.
I currently have cable TV from the local provider running to my TV via a RG6 cable. I had to get a sound-bar because the speakers on the TV are getting worn out. But the sound-bar only has two options: an HDMI port in and an HDMI back out to the TV, or an optic in with a headphone jack in.
Link to sound-bar:
The TV is a cheap Samsung that we got on Black Friday last year and only has a shared component/composite jack, RG6 cable jack, and 2 HDMI jacks.
So, in order to use the sound-bar, I have to somehow get it to one of those options. But I'd ultimately like to get it to HDMI to run it through my sound system and not have to use 3 remotes. I know that it would require a converter to get the signal from analog to digital. But there's so much crud out there that doesn't work, I'd rather ask than blow money and be peeved. Is there anything like a DVD or Blue-Ray player that will do the trick? I'd rather pay 100-150 dollars for something that'll do it than an extra 25 dollars a month for an IPTV tuner and a bunch of replicated channels (SD, HD) that I don't need.
This is my last try at finding a way around the IPTV option. Thank you for your time!
His TV doesn't have an optical out port.
Your easiest option is probably to just get a cable box. Then you could either run optical or hdmi from that to your soundbar.
Ok. Something like this?
Came across it this morning in one of the recent threads. Not familiar with the Cards that it uses except that I know that DirectTV and Dish use them for their boxes. Would I need to get one from the cable provider for it to work? Or would it just convert the analog signal to digital without it?
Last option is return the soundbar and live with your tv speakers because the model listed above has no output options.
Right now I'm getting by with CableCard + tuning adapter. Does this mean that they'll be forcing me to use a cable box soon?
So I tried the Samsung cable box that I posted up quite a ways. I would still need to rent a cable card (which was no big deal at $5/month) and had to purchase the channel package that costed an extra $25/month. And on top of it, the cable company here said that they were getting rid of the cable card system. So eventually, I'll just get their package with their IPTV set-top box included.
Thanks for all of the input!
Speed Daemon QAM will eventually go away and cable companys will transition to a video over IP solution and at that time settop boxes will either have an internal modem or connect to the home network. i would say that this transition will be sooner than later probably within the next 5 years for your larger providers.
I fear that cable companies will be greedy and backwards, and use the transition to impose even more draconian limits on how we view their content. Specifically I worry that new IP-based cable plants will block Internet streaming altogether. I hope and pray that the FCC will regain its voice in time to block such monopolistic practices. But the realist in me sees today's political climate, and has little real hope that will happen any time soon.