Re: Using a DTA, but also want HD
- From: UCLAN <invalid@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 28 Feb 2010 21:56:39 -0800
I'm in an area that is rolling out DTA's as they will be dropping mostThe Moto DCT700 has both rf and composite outputs
analogs in a few months. I have one TV with a digital tuner, and it
currently picks up both the analogs, and the digital copies in ClearQAM.
Typically a few months after the analogs drop, Comcast re-encrypts the
So that means I'll eventually need a DTA to watch anything beyond
broadcast/public access. The problem is, these DTA's are so basic that
they only have RF outputs, do not power off, and therefore have no RF
bypass, either. If I want to watch local broadcast in HD, I have to
bypass the DTA.
One solution I have seen posted is to use a splitter before the DTA, and
an A/B switch to the RF input on the TV. The problem is, this weakens
the signal, and the DTA's have really crappy tuners.
Ideally, a dual A/B setup would be best, with an A/B switch both before
and after the DTA. I'm wondering if somebody knows of an all-in-one type
situtation. Basically a box with RF IN and RF OUT, and 2 more
connections for CONVERTER IN and CONVERTER OUT. By flipping a switch, it
would pass the RF through the DTA, or bypass it and go direct to the TV.
I haven't had a chance to do some detailed searching yet, so maybe they
are easy to find. I just though I'd post this before I forgot.
But is that RF output a "pass-thru" when the DCT700 is powered down?
If not (and Motorola's website doesn't say it is), it won't pass thru
ClearQAM HD signals. When powered up, the DCT700 is an SD device.
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