I recently bought a ZVBox 180. The thinking was, I had RG-6 coax throughout the house, and while the ZVBox isn't cheap the setup would be very easy.
Setup was very easy. Less than 15 minutes from out of box to up and running. Maybe a bit longer as I had to change the remote TVs to cable rather than antenna.
Picture quality is good but it falls short when the image changes quickly.
If you're looking to distribute HD over existing coax and PQ isn't your highest priority, then the ZVBox may be for you. I really wish this had worked as it was very easy to get up and running.
But for me, I couldn't deal with the loss of definition during fast changing information, so I returned it.
Now I'm trying to figure out where I go from here.
From what I have read, CAT5e/Cat6 may be the best way to go. Or a combination of cat and HDMI (for shorter runs). About 10 years ago when I totally gutted my Victorian home and put it back together, I installed 2 cat 5e and 2 RG-6 to all locations. This was a cable that bundled the CAT5 and coax in one outer sheathing. Most locations have conduit so I could pull new cable if absolutely necessary. I would probably have to pull out the existing cable to do so, as I doubt I could fish with cable already in the conduit.
Ideally I would like to connect 2 DirecTV DVRs and be able to switch between the two at any TV. But connecting to one would be acceptable.
I am not interested in "purchasing" more boxes from DirecTV. It's not the money, it's what I want to achieve. I often rewind or pause live TV,then go to another room and continue watching the delayed "live" TV. I can't do this with additional boxes from my satellite provider.
The down side to HDMI distribution as I understand it:
1. Lowest resolution TV will set output resolution from source. How do I get around this?
2. HDCP, how is this resolved when distributing to multiple TVs?
I'd like to have more than 4 outputs. Someone recommended Monoprice products. They have a 1x8 kit http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
but not a 2x8
. I can live with 1x8 and manually switch to the other DVR when needed (Superbowl and Acadamy Awards). That's what I do now with my standard definition modulator. They also have a 4 in 4 out kit but I want more than 4 out.
I am a bit surprised at how little information there is in this AVS section.
Looking for suggestions for products that are reliable.
I would appreciate any and all advice. Thanks!