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hooking up a projector w/o a cable box

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I recently moved into a school owned apartment complex with cable that is already provided. However, unfortunately they do not provide cable boxes. I called Dish Network, with whom the service is with and they were not able to help as the school would need to request the box. When I asked the school they were quite clear in stating that this is the service and nothing could be done about it, ie what u see is what you get. What I have is a coax cable from the wall that you can hook up to a tv, but no place for component, dvi etc...

Is there anyway that I can route the coax cable through another medium so as to hook up my projector. Do any receivers have this capability? Thank you.
post #2 of 7
You can connect the coax cable to a VCR antenna input and then connect a composite video output to the projector.
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Thread Starter 
thanks a lot, now, i havent looked yet, but are there vcrs with hd input/outputs that you know of. Also do you know how the channel switching would work. I mean with a normal tv it can obviously go through the televions, however with the projector, how exactly would that work? Would the VCR also control that?
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The VCR will control the channel switching. A remote is usually provided, as well as front panel buttons for up/down channel.

I have never seen an HDTV VCR myself.

I am looking for a way to do the same as you, but with a QAM tuner. If anyone can provide info/link on standalone QAM tuner to hookup my PJ to my basic cable, I would be able to pickup local channels in HD for free... FCC requires local channels be unencrypted.
post #5 of 7
The Samsung DTB-H260F receives "clear QAM" cable as well as over-the-air ATSC signals. You can hook it up to your projector via either HDMI or component video. It looks good either way.

For more information about this unit, see the huge thread in this forum. It seldom scrolls off the first page of the thread listing.
post #6 of 7
I am willing to bet that the apartment building is receiving the Dish signal decoding it, and then re-encoding it as a standard def NTSC signal and sending it out over the cable lines on whatever channels they like. This means that you are most likely stuck with standard def, and using an NTSC tuner like you find in a standard VCR. If you try using a QAM tuner you won't get anything extra, and a satellite box will be worthless.

If you want hi-def you are going to need to buy an over the air ATSC tuner box and antenna. You will only get your local channels (if you can get a signal from your antenna).

Again this is my guess, but I believe that is how most hotels, dorms, apartments, etc work.
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Originally Posted by Beerstalker View Post

I am willing to bet that the apartment building is receiving the Dish signal decoding it, and then re-encoding it as a standard def NTSC signal and sending it out over the cable lines on whatever channels they like. This means that you are most likely stuck with standard def, and using an NTSC tuner like you find in a standard VCR. If you try using a QAM tuner you won't get anything extra, and a satellite box will be worthless.

If you want hi-def you are going to need to buy an over the air ATSC tuner box and antenna. You will only get your local channels (if you can get a signal from your antenna).

Again this is my guess, but I believe that is how most hotels, dorms, apartments, etc work.

This is correct...
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