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FWIW, I tried HDMI to TV, TV does passive pass-though to an optical out port, then from that port to my AVR. After setting the audio output on the 8300 to HDMI, I did get audio passed through. BUT no DD5.1! Went back to using the optical out from the 8300 to the AVR, that functions properly.
As for broadband, way back in the day, asymmetric connection (plenty down, little up) were essentially an excuse for the broadband providers to offer much cheaper pricing than they would for "business" accounts. There's no "technical reason" for it, they don't "save money/reduce expense" by capping upload speed. In those days, the $ difference was huge... example, 5MBs down/384kbs up for $45, 5Mbs down and up $350.
If you pinned anyone of them down today, they'll mention that these accounts are "not meant to provide for serving." And they kinda do have a bit of a point. I'd probably run some service pout of my house if I had a 5Mbs up connection. Like your example wanting to running streaming video from your house to you outside of your house.
The ting that really gets my goat is that we are so way, way behind the rest of the world in this matter, it isn't even funny. Do you realize that for something like $30-35 a month, in Sweden one get 24Mbs up, 8Mbs down?
As for plugging the cable into the TV's tuner, yes you can do that. BUT, you get NO HD channels. You only get 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 and (oddly enough) TNT on 3, C-Span on 6. Everything else is scrambled. Long time ago, this wasn't the case. But, as cable proliferated, they were very sloppy about running cable, this stuff was all very much exposed. VERY, very easy to hook into it. Then they thought they'd get clever and install line traps; again, just remove it and you're in business. THEN they got smart and started scrambling most everything from the head end.
Time Warner NYC (Man North Head End) - 8742HD DVR ODN 5.2.0_9