I've searched this thread and a few others to try to find a solution to my issue and still having problems getting this to work. I'm looking to have DirecTV, AppleTV or my Blu-Ray audio play in my gameroom and patio while also playing in my great room, where my gear is located. I understand that when using the HDMI input I cannot get audio to play in Zone 2 or Zone 3 but if I use an analog connection it will work. I read somewhere that it is possible to use the HDMI input for audio/video in the Main Zone but that I can also use the R/W RCA cables and audio will play in Zone 2 or Zone 3.
Example: In the 4308 menu for SAT (DirecTV), I have assigned the HDMI #1 input, I have Input Mode set to "Auto", Decode Mode set to "Auto", and I have both the HDMI cable and the RCA cables plugged in the back of the DirecTV receiver and the 4308 but no audio out of Zones 2 and 3. I have tried this configuration for each source where I'm using an HDMI but I'm not getting any audio in either Zone 2 or 3. Currently, I am able to hear audio from XM Radio, HD Radio, my iPod (via an iPod dock) and Internet Radio in any and all zones. Am I overlooking something? Hopefully I am explaining my situation correctly and any thoughts/suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!