How to convert regular cable(RG-6) to S-Video??

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  1. Mike Allen

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    Hey guys,
    I have regular(non-digital) cable TV right now. I do not have a cable box. Just a regular RG-6 cable coming from the outlet straight to my TV. I then run the audio outputs from the TV to my H/K 325.

    What I would like, is some type of converter that would convert the RG-6 to s-video w/audio, that will allow me to run it straight to my H/K so I can use the video switching and OSD.

    Actually, I would prefer to have a converter that changes it to s-video and toslink/digital audio. Wouldn't this allow me to get DD broadcasts?

    The problem is that my cable company doesn't offer a cable box with the outputs I need. So, does someone make an affordable converter/switcher like this? What options do I have that will make it possible to use video switching with my situation?
    Thanks,
    Mike Allen
     
  2. Don_Berg

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    Thats a tuner, which is what the cable box is!
     
  3. Doug_B

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    I used to be in the same situation, when I had analog cable, and with a projector...

    So I used a VCR. It will be hard to find anything else for as low a price. As for S-Video, although you may save on a TV video connection if you have another s-video source (e.g., DVD player), finding a cheap composite-to-S-Video converter could degrade the picture versus going into the TV via composite (if it matters for your analog cable signal).

    Doug
     
  4. Michael Reuben

    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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  5. Don_Berg

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    Thats correct, only digital cable provides a DD signal and even then only the digital channels. The analog channels (which are all channels under 100) will only have analog audio no matter what. If you want digital audio with cable channels, you would need to subscribe to digital cable and use a digital cable box model with digital audio output.
     
  6. Mike Allen

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    Thanks for the replies.

    Okay, forget the digital audio.

    So, is there a cable box that I could use that has a s-video output? I looked around a little online, and didn't see any with s-video, and most were descramblers(which I'm not interested in).
    Thanks,
    Mike Allen
     
  7. Don_Berg

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    You don't buy the cable box, you ask your cable company for one and rent it. There are some newer models that support HDTV that have component video and s-video outputs plus digital audio output available from some cable systems.
     
  8. Mike Allen

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    Like I said.....my cable company doesn't offer a box like this.

    Hence the reason I mentioned buying one.
    Mike Allen
     
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  10. Mike Allen

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    It amazes me that there is so much advanced technology out there, and I can't do something that seems so simple [​IMG] Oh well.
    Mike Allen
     
  11. Michael Reuben

    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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    Try Tivo Mike!
     
  13. Mike Allen

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    Thanks Michael and Rachael! That's good news. I was planning on getting a Tivo unit soon anyways. I just didn't realize it would convert to s-video. Thanks again!
    Mike Allen
     
  14. Nelson Reyes

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    I have been looking for solutions to this problem for a long time; there are NO cheap VCR's with high quality tuners, much less with S-Video out.

    I know of two products that can do what you want:

    1. MPB800 USB 2.0 TV Pro , from Yuan. you can get it at Newegg.com for $220

    2. VideoMate Live USB 2.0 TV tuner box , from Compro. Suposedly, you should be able to get it also from newegg.com any time now.

    I am NOT endorsing this products, they are just the state of my research on the subject.

    Regards,

    Nelson I. Reyes
     

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