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I'm on the waiting list to receive a HD box from my local cable company (TWC in Central Florida). Best I can figure, the box they use is either a Scientific Atlanta Explorer 2000 or 3100. As far as I can tell, these boxes output a 1080i signal via component outputs. I'll be hooking it to a Sony 1270q projector which accepts a progressive component input via the IFB11 card, or a standard RGBHV input either progressive or interlaced?


So here's my questions:

--Do these HD boxes convert 720p material to 1080i? If so I can simply use the IFB11 card and run the component input into the projector.


--If 720p material is not converted, I assume I'll need a transcoder to convert the component signal to an RGBHV signal and simply run into the RGB inputs on the projector. Any suggestions on which transcoders are better than others?


Thanks for your help... any ideas would be appreciated


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I checked out their website: http://www.scientificatlanta.com/vid...r%5F3100hd.htm

Looks like they both support rgbhv.


Also, they convert everything to 1920 x 1080i


Bad news on the waiting list though...


"The Explorer 3100HD DHCT is scheduled to begin shipping in volume in the fourth quarter of calendar 2001."


This is probably what you are waiting for. I understand TWC has not made large volume purchases of the 2000HD. Also note that it uses the dreaded HDCP.




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jpasterjak,

The SA2000HD, widely used by TWC, has the ability to output either three-wire component or RGBHV, and earlier posts here indicate an internal jumper selects this option. Believe it does convert 720p to 1080i; otherwise, since most sets can't handle 720p's scan frequency, there would be a lot of 'problems'.


Here in NYC, there have been more rumors from a TWC-cable HDTV specialist that TWC NYC plans to introduce 2000HDs, or perhaps 2100HDs (beyond beta-testing), then 3100HDs this fall. After following 2000HD reports for over one year, it reads like these units have problems, and that newer units, designed specifically with HDTV in mind, show more promise. -- John


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Hi John.


So your info is that twc will release a 2000 or 2100HD before the 3100HD? In your opinion, is it worth my doing everything I can to get a 2xxx series model WITHOUT the HDCP connection? I'm worried that in a couple of years, TWC will "disable" analogue HDTV output and force me to use the HDCP connection if I have a 3100HD.


Do you know, if I get a 2xxx stb, will this circumvent twc's attempt to disable analogue output in the future? or will I just end up with a blank screen?


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Yes, Alex, I was told by the TWC 'hdtv guy', whose number was posted here a while back, that we'll get a 2000-series HD as soon as they get them in. As numerous reports indicate, though, they're hard to come by. He said NYC's TWC will introduce 3100HDs in the fall. Can't really comment on any built-in encryption features. Hard to imagine them issuing converters, though, and then making them useless to subscribers, although I wouldn't be that surprised at something equally outrageous: knocking resolution in half on some programming (not that I've heard definitely that that's in the works). I'd pounce on any HDTV converter offered. -- John


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Here in Central Florida, I'm really not sure exactly what type of box TWC is using. The girl I talked to who put me on "the list" believed that they were of the same brand a the regular digital cable boxes (Scientific Atlanta) but that was purely grapevine information on her part (although she was very nice, as helpful as she could be given her lack of info, and easy to deal with--certainly not the average TWCentral Fla employee... but I digress...)


So I assumed that the box would be a 2000 series SA box, or, given that she said the waiting period was up to 90 days in some cases, possibly a 3000 series box. Any other CFla residents out there get their HD hardware yet?


At any rate, I eagerly await the day I get "the call" from "the guy."


J.G.
 
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