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are there any High Definition set top boxes that will output both signals, high definition via compoenent/vga, and standard definition via s-video at the same time?


I usually watch everything in high-def mode on my DTC-100, but it won't output the video to the s-video output at the same time, I wanted to take the s video and run it into the tivo/replay unit....


I was thinking about picking up a mitsubishi STB, or even a Sony, but want to check to see if they will output both signals at the same time...


thanks for any info.... I have a feeling I won't like the answers though... :(



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The Samsung SIR-T150 is supposed to output standard definition from the S-VHS connector at the same time that it is outputting HD through the appropriate connectors. That's the only box with this capability that I am aware of.


The Toshiba/Mitsubishi/Hughes box does not have this capability.


Also, note that the Samsung is an OTA-only tuner.
 

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The Zenith DirecTV receiver that's due .... well, it's overdue already.... is supposed to have this feature as well. It also does OTA.


The biggest problem with these is getting the TiVo or ReplayTV to tune to the OTA DTV channels, since they typically aren't listed in the guide. I've had luck with the ReplayTV's manual recording screen and a little fiddling, but I think any channel that requires me to tune to one of the sub-channels is going to be unusable.
 

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You could also go the HTPC route with dScaler and AccessDTV. Some might think that's overkill, but with the Zenith at $700 and up, and with the price of PCs coming down...
 

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Originally posted by JustMike
The Zenith DirecTV receiver that's due .... well, it's overdue already.... is supposed to have this feature as well. It also does OTA...
Mike,


Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the Zenith will do it either. Take a look at the bottom of the Zenith spec sheet:

http://www.zenith.com/sub_prod/down...pdf/DTV1080.pdf


There are two footnotes that seem to relate to this:


1) RGB & Y, Pb, Pr not available simultaneously.

2) Signal on A/V out & component/RGB not available simultaneously.


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JustMike,


I think whether or not a OTA channel can be recorded by the Replay or Tivo will depend upon the HD STB you have.


Here's my work around. I have a Replay 3060 and the Toshiba DST-3000 HD receiver. What you have to do (which in my opinion defeats alot of the benefit of the Replay unit) is assure that the STB is left in SD mode. Then program the Replay for a channel that is in the channel guide at the time (and program length) and then pad the begin recording time to two minutes before the program begins (you could also just set up a manual recording as well). Finally, I set up the DST-3000 to autotune to the CORRECT channel at the proper time. This way the Replay will tune the box to whatever bogus channel it was set for and start to record. A minute later the receiver changes it to the correct channel and Replay is none the wiser.


So, if your receiver can be programmed with an autotune feature, you can record OTA channels, but unfortunately, you have to set it up each time. Thus some of the "set and forget" functionality of the Replay (or Tivo) is lost.


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I also have the DST-300 and was not happy that I could not record to TIVO without doing it manually. I reactivated a retired Sony receiver and attached it to the 4th port of my multi-switch and am back in normal operation with TIVO. It is worth the extra $5/mo.




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