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Just picked up a nice 40" Samsung LED TV for the bedroom and now I need to hook it up to my Comcast Cable Box feed (clear QAM just isn't cutting it.) Of course, getting another Motorola cable box sort of defeats the purpose of getting a paper thin television. I googled small form factor HD cable boxes but was only able to find an SD version.


Do any of you know if such a device exists? If not, how do you/would you get your Comcast Cable Box feed into your bedroom whilst maintaining a small footprint?
 

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Other than TiVo HD or Moxi, both of which would not be considered small, you'll have to use what the cableco supplies, and for HD none of them are very small.


You could get an HD box, hide it, run HDMI to the HDTV, and use an RF remote extender for control.
 

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I know Panasonic is working on a small form factor Tru-2Way box that mounts to the back of flat panels, but I'm not sure if it only works with their TVs or not. I'm also not sure if Samsung is working on something similar or not.
 

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The RNG110 isn't very big. It might just work for you if you don't need DVR capability.
 

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I know Panasonic is working on a small form factor Tru-2Way box that mounts to the back of flat panels, but I'm not sure if it only works with their TVs or not. I'm also not sure if Samsung is working on something similar or not.

The Panasonic is supposed to be for use only with their own sets. Other tru2way units may or may not have that limitation, but none of them are expected any time soon.
 

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The RNG110 isn't very big. It might just work for you if you don't need DVR capability.

The RGN110 is certainly smaller than a standard HD cable box, but I wouldn't call it small. It's also only available in limited areas.
 

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I just bought a beautiful new 42" HDTV that I wall-mounted in my family room. Unfortunately I have ugly cords hanging out the bottom. It looks ridiculous.


I have moved the cable line and hid it behind the TV, as well as the plug but now because I have Comcast and am required to have a box to get HD I still have to deal with the giant Comcast box.


I just received some new digital converter boxes from Comcast for my other TV's and they are very small, easily mountable behind a TV. Does anybody know if they have something similar for HDTV recievers, I don't care about OnDemand or DVR, just HDTV or any other ideas.


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No, not yet in any Comcast areas. There does exist an small HD cable box (similar in form to a Pace DTA), but it is only used by one small cable co., at this time, AFAIK. I do, though, expect Comcast (and other major cable providers) to eventually provide small HD cable boxes, just for channels, no other features, and less $; (similar to what they did with the Pace DTAs).


Ken H, do you know if they are discussing this? If they are, any info. known yet?

My guess, would be with the Analog Reclamation / DTA Distribution project going on, any small HD cable box talks are probably preliminary, at this point, if at all.
 

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That's too bad. This seems like kind of an obvious need. I sorta thought the point of a flat screen was to be able to hang it on the wall and see nothing.


Any idea exactly what size the RNG1110 is, if it's not too big I might be able to mount it behind my TV.
 

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It's about 3 inches high by a about 15 inches wide.
 

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That's too bad. This seems like kind of an obvious need. I sorta thought the point of a flat screen was to be able to hang it on the wall and see nothing.

Hide the box within 30 feet. Run a concealed HDMI cable from the box to the HDTV. Use an RF remote repeater to control the box.
 

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That's too bad. This seems like kind of an obvious need. I sorta thought the point of a flat screen was to be able to hang it on the wall and see nothing.

Obviously one the problems with not having a competitive cable box market is that consumers are stuck with what their cable company offers and can't choose on their own what meets their needs. Such a small form factor HD box would already exist if Comcast actually cared about its customers.


Correction: That RNG110 box does appear to be about as small as a box with a cable card is going to get. AFAIK it's only for Moto areas, Cisco (Scientific Atlanta) areas are out of luck at this time.
 

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No, not yet in any Comcast areas. There does exist an small HD cable box (similar in form to a Pace DTA), but it is only used by one small cable co., at this time, AFAIK. I do, though, expect Comcast (and other major cable providers) to eventually provide small HD cable boxes, just for channels, no other features, and less $; (similar to what they did with the Pace DTAs).


Ken H, do you know if they are discussing this?

I seriously doubt they are looking at the non-CableCARD HD box route.
 

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Obviously one the problems with not having a competitive cable box market is that consumers are stuck with what their cable company offers and can't choose on their own what meets their needs. Such a small form factor HD box would already exist if Comcast actually cared about its customers.


Correction: That RNG110 box does appear to be about as small as a box with a cable card is going to get. AFAIK it's only for Moto areas, Cisco (Scientific Atlanta) areas are out of luck at this time.

I wonder which Comcast Motorola regions have the Pace RNG110 available?


We don't have it in our service area; I don't even recall it being available anywhere in the 'Freedom Region', but maybe it is(?)


I wonder, if, and when, they would roll out the RNG 110 to other Motorola areas?
 
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