Originally Posted by plplplpl
I'm still mildly shocked if this is the sorry state of things now. Hasn't RF had the capacity to deliver stereo sound since the '80s? Why the step backwards?
For several years the folks that came up with stereo for analog TV signals had several restrictive patents on the system, which kept stereo RF modulators mostly off the market. Those patents have since expired, but with TV having gone digital in the meantime, there's little demand for stereo RF modulators anymore. Most folks just use HDMI, or the L/R audio jacks along with composite or component video.
However, if you have an older stereo TV that lacks composite video and L/R audio inputs, like I do, it would be nice if the RF output were stereo. In this case I'm afraid your only choice is an expensive Channel Plus RF modulator intended for in-home video distribution. Frankly, it's probably cheaper to buy a new TV. (As a bonus you'll get HD video.)
BTW, one more thing on the RF modulator: it occurs to me that if you have one of the newer Homeworxes (that came with V1 firmware) and you decide to run iView firmware on it (to use the iView remote), you won't be able to control the RF output. The iViews that this firmware was written for use a new RF modulator with a physical switch for channel 3 or 4 output, but the Homeworxes still use a software-controlled RF modulator. Because of this difference, the iView firmware no longer has the option to set the RF output to channel 3, 4, or loop-through. I have no idea what the default is, but whatever it is, you're stuck with it if you load iView firmware.
Note that the last paragraph does not apply to running iView V13 firmware on an older Homeworx. That version controls the Homeworx RF modulator just fine.