Originally Posted by DravenGSX
I've tried to research inexpensive receivers that will allow me to input HDMI from multiple devices (DirecTV stb and HD-DVD player specifically) and then output the video through either a component or DVI connection to my display. I am not having much luck.
Can anybody give any suggestions for if there is anything out there that does this? Unfortunately, my display does not have an HDMI input and my experiences with HDMI->DVI cables have been less than favorable (read: they didn't work with either the stb or the hd-dvd player). I'm pulling my hair out here as I'm limited to only two component inputs and one dvi on the television.
DVI inputs on televisions were originally included as a way to connect PCs to TVs. As such, you MAY run into some issues.
First and foremost, you need to check your TV owner's manual and confirm that its DVI input is "HDCP" (i.e., copy protection) compliant. If it is, then you are likely good to go. Your receiver that sends out HDMI will require copy protection (HDCP compliance) on the TV it connects to. HDCP is part of HDMI, but is optional in DVI implementations.
You may also need to adjust the video setup a bit in the output of your receiver and in the input of your TV. DVI, by default, wants RGB data format for the video instead of YCbCr which is the default for HDMI. In addition, the DVI input on your TV should have a setting for whether you are using it to connect a computer or PC, or to connect a DVD player or set top box. You want the DVD player or set top box setting to make sure that the TV is expecting the gray scale encoding that your HDMI receiver will be sending out.
There is an automatic handshake when HDMI connects to DVI and the HDMI source device (your receiver) should do the right thing. But this automatic handshake doesn't work with some DVI TVs. So you may need to make the settings manually. Failure to get the RGB setting right will result in "shocking pink" video. Failure to get the Blacks setting right (DVD or set top box vs. PC) will result in bad gray scale ramps, usually seen as washed out dark portions of the image or loss of detail in the dark portions of the image.
In addition, DVI devices are not as tolerant of marginal cabling as HDMI devices. So you may need to get a better quality HDMI to DVI cable and also keep it short.
But with those provisos, you should be good to go with any of the modern receivers that output HDMI.
It is a violation of the HDCP licensing terms for a manufacturer to make an HDMI product which converts copy protected HDMI input into Component (or any other analog video) output.
There are some black market products out there which will do this of course, but you won't find it in a name brand product.
Essentially all HDMI input of interest is copy protected.
So if your TV's DVI input is HDCP compliant, then using an HDMI to DVI cable from an HDMI output receiver is likely your best bet.