Originally Posted by aus
Brain, THANK YOU!! I'm having the same problem with the DTV HR10-250 that you mentioned.
How about if I have the HDMI from the HR10-250 to the Anthem and just want the same channel out of the component? Will this work. Is this what you mean by a "Copy of the Main Zone."
Also, do you know if audio is output via HDMI on the HR10-250? Thanks again.
HDMI does not pass audio from an HR10-250. Also, HDMI will not work reliably from that device for feeding Component in Zone 2, even in 'Copy Main' mode...most of what's on satellite, especially the good stuff, is all HDCP protected, and you cannot transcode from HDMI to Component on that stuff - that's a no-no, and the D2 won't do it. So, you really would be wise not to use HDMI from the HR10-250 at all in my experience. Frankly, the Component quality is very good, and allows you to get the signal everywhere you could ever need it (Zones1 and 2), and allows for independent switching of Zone 2, which is nice to have. Keep in mind, there is some picture quality loss with DirecTV on the HD side because of the compression they are doing with the MPEG-2 feeds they deliver to devices like the HR10-250, so your limiting factor on picture quality is the signal itself. In other words, the game's already over when the signal hits the HR10-250, making the choice between HDMI and Component rather meaningless from a picture quality standpoint. Contrast that with the HD signals I get from Comcast, which look amazing, and with the Series 3 anyway, HDMI looks slightly better than the Component connections. Get yourself some nice component cables for that HR10-250, and you'll have decent HD with independent switching for Zones 1 and 2.
Hope this helps, and glad to know I'm not the last guy on the planet still using an HR10-250 and eeking out the last bit of life out of the old Satellite service. :-)