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I'm sort of surprised more people don't talk about this, so I'll start a thread on it. I'm frustrated that my new TC-P60GT50, like many, if not most brands of TVs, does not have any discrete remote codes for the picture modes. This makes setting the mode in a remote macro more or less impossible. This was less of a problem when I didn't use a receiver to do HDMI switching because I set my Blu-Ray player to an input that used cinema and the cable box had a more standard, brighter mode, for use with regular TV viewing. My old Sony also had an advantage in that the light sensor worked incredibly well so at night the TV dimmed just the right amount making picture setting adjustments even less necessary.

But now with the Panny plasma and the HDMI receiver doing all the HDMI switching, how am I to automate the picture modes so that my wife doesn't end up watching Cinema mode in bright light, for example? So I had an idea. Anyone thought of using an HDMI splitter, maybe even a 4-way, to run one output from your HDMI receiver into the splitter and then four separate HDMI cables into to TV's inputs. Then set the inputs each to a different picture setting and like magic, you now have discrete codea at your disposal for picture settings. So you can program macros on your remote to call up a specific input with specific PQ settings as well, all with discrete code accuracy. Am I crazy? I feel like this is a pretty good, inexpensive and reliable idea. No?
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I'm sort of surprised more people don't talk about this, so I'll start a thread on it. I'm frustrated that my new TC-P60GT50, like many, if not most brands of TVs, does not have any discrete remote codes for the picture modes. This makes setting the mode in a remote macro more or less impossible. This was less of a problem when I didn't use a receiver to do HDMI switching because I set my Blu-Ray player to an input that used cinema and the cable box had a more standard, brighter mode, for use with regular TV viewing. My old Sony also had an advantage in that the light sensor worked incredibly well so at night the TV dimmed just the right amount making picture setting adjustments even less necessary.

But now with the Panny plasma and the HDMI receiver doing all the HDMI switching, how am I to automate the picture modes so that my wife doesn't end up watching Cinema mode in bright light, for example? So I had an idea. Anyone thought of using an HDMI splitter, maybe even a 4-way, to run one output from your HDMI receiver into the splitter and then four separate HDMI cables into to TV's inputs. Then set the inputs each to a different picture setting and like magic, you now have discrete codea at your disposal for picture settings. So you can program macros on your remote to call up a specific input with specific PQ settings as well, all with discrete code accuracy. Am I crazy? I feel like this is a pretty good, inexpensive and reliable idea. No?

I don't know what receiver you have but I have separate settings for all my sources. Example: Bluray is THX Cinema, Cable HD is custom, and the GT-50 has a light sensor as well (C.A.T.S.) but most don't use it.
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