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Old 05-24-2006, 03:04 PM   #1
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Default Cox Cable: HDMI or Component cables?

I live in CT. Cox cable guy used component cables to install my digital HD setbox and connected to my TV.

My friend lives in california. He told me cox cable company there uses HDMI cable to connect the digital setupbox to hd TVs without even customer asking for it.

Anyone has similar experience? What should I do ?

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Old 05-24-2006, 03:28 PM   #2
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I live in CT. Cox cable guy used component cables to install my digital HD setbox and connected to my TV.

My friend lives in california. He told me cox cable company there uses HDMI cable to connect the digital setupbox to hd TVs without even customer asking for it.

Anyone has similar experience? What should I do ?

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Old 05-25-2006, 08:36 AM   #3
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My point is how come same company provides different services (items) for same price in different states.

Why they give HDMI in California but Component cable in CT?
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Old 05-25-2006, 08:57 AM   #4
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I live in CT. Cox cable guy used component cables to install my digital HD setbox and connected to my TV.

My friend lives in california. He told me cox cable company there uses HDMI cable to connect the digital setupbox to hd TVs without even customer asking for it.

Anyone has similar experience? What should I do ?

Thanks
I can tell you for a fact..In Southern Calif, Cox does not use HDMI..And does not support it..At least thats the case in San Diego..
I've talked with some of the Cox tech's as to why this is the case..And there biggest reason was the Cost of the cable...
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Old 05-25-2006, 04:33 PM   #5
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I can tell you for a fact..In Southern Calif, Cox does not use HDMI..And does not support it..At least thats the case in San Diego..
I've talked with some of the Cox tech's as to why this is the case..And there biggest reason was the Cost of the cable...
hmm
My friend lives in OC. when i told him i got my hd connected with component cable (through cox cable staff) he said they did it for him with hdmi!
i told him may be the cost is different he said no it was the same. he even did not ask for it.
any way may be he was lucky!
i am not.
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Old 05-25-2006, 06:09 PM   #6
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I have a quick question for anyone who might know, while we're on the topic:

Even though I have more than one HDMI-capable TV and more than one SA 8300 DVR, I always have hooked everything up using component cables. It wasn't really intentional, it's just that I've had a bunch of components cables laying around and never felt the need to go out and buy HDMIs.

My question is about SD: Does it look any better using an HDMI cable than with component? Or is it worse because it "sees" more errors in analog cable broadcasts?

In addition - I'm a bit new to the SA8300, having just swapped out my old HD box for a DVR. For some reason, the 8300 tries to upconvert all SD to 1080i output. Even in Pass-through mode, its standard output is always 1080i for SD. This makes the picture look absolutely awful. I tried to enable 480i mode in the setup screen, but then it stretched all of the SD content to 16:9 by default and would not allow me to view it in 4:3 even when the button on the remote is pressed. I reset everything and never played around with it again. Any experienced users know anything about this?
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Old 05-26-2006, 08:31 AM   #7
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Have you tried using the set up wizard on your cable box? This is were you select the different settings that your tv can recieve such as 480i, 480p, 720 and 1080 ect. Then you can set it to pass through.

Check this link out.

http://www./voice/showthread.php?t=8721

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Old 05-28-2006, 08:49 PM   #8
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Back on topic, with Cox and the SA8300: First, is it a given that the HDMI is functional? Second, is it worth purchasing the cable? All opinions welcome.
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Old 05-29-2006, 11:20 PM   #9
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A couple of things to consider is picture quality and available options.

Picture quality is BEST using HDMI. However the Cox cable box doesn't support HDMI. It supports DVI. Basically this is the HDMI technology WITHOUT sound.

So, yes you can use HDMI but you would need to add a cable to source in the sound.

When the input is HDMI I have only the 16:9 and 4:3 picture available. Using the component input, I have 16:9, Widescreen, Zoom1, Zoom2 and 4:3 available.


I use HDMI (with RCA jacks for sound), I use component cables for the DVD player and I use the basic cable routed through a splitter before the cable box for all basic channels.

CLOSED CAPTIONING doesn't work with HDMI or Component Cables for whatever reason but works fine using AV1(RCA jacks)

I just purchased a Samsung 40 HD LCD tv and contacted Samsung technical support and they confirmed that closed captioning doesn't work using HDMI or component cables.

Anybody know why that is?
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Old 05-30-2006, 11:23 AM   #10
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From firsthand experience while trying to use HDMI cable on a Cox Cable DCT6416 III box - it does not work! You will get a message that appears on your TV telling you that this settop does not support HD protected receivers. In other words, when using the HDMI cable from DCt to your receiver, it thinks you are trying to copy copyright protected material. Talked to several techs from Cox in RI and they told me to bring in my DCT6412 III as this was resolved and they gave me a 6416. Well I get it home and same as before - nada!

I call back in and the tech tells me first of all that whomever told me to bring it in was WRONG, and now they consider my replacement a "self install" and I would be charged for someone to come out and look at it! Real nice - idiots!

If I only had another viable choice of providers!
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Old 06-06-2006, 08:46 PM   #11
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Hello..
I've got a similiar problem...wife got me LG 37LC2D on Sun for upcoming WC games and Father's Day gift...she also got the Monster HDMI cable...went to Cox got the 8300HD DVR box and made the connections..easy..cable in to 8300, HDMI out of 8300 and HDMI in to LG ...get All of the Video signals..HD is awesome..get all of the audio signals...EXCEPT, what COX says is the analog channels, ie 1-100...picture , no sound...swapped the box with cox...same problem. now the guy at Circuit City says..it should work, it works for his staff but they have Adelphi or Comcast...
Any clues...BTW...I used component cables and now everything works and its COX of Northern Virginia..
thanks, Taz
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Old 06-07-2006, 12:29 PM   #12
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I live in Fairfax VA and was told by Cox only analog (component) video is supported at this time. Something to do with copy protection issues , they don't want people making perfect digital copies of HD TV programs.
I heard that will change with HDTVs with cable card. But I don't know for sure. Luckily I have 2 HD analog inputs along with HDMI on my Mitsubushi 1080i set.
I also had Comcast when I lived in Arlington, it would work, but only after I reset the cable box everytime I turned the TV off/on. Got tired of that real fast.
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Old 06-10-2006, 07:03 PM   #13
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What in the world does Cox think your going to copy the "protected, copywrited materials to? You have an HD disk or DVD component?

I am on TW and HDMI works from my 8300 DVR box works fine, for a few days at a time. Then I lose the picture and have to switch back to component. My 8300's will not put out a signal on the component cables if the HDMI cable is pluged in. I have to unplug the HDMI to switch back to component. If I reboot the 8300 I get the HDMI signal back. But rebooting every few days isn't acceptable SOP so I leave the HDMI unplugged most of the time.
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Old 10-29-2007, 08:05 AM   #14
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Guys, in most areas (Cox or otherwise) the consumer is responsible for getting hdmi cables.

In many cases, the hardware cox will give out is hdmi capable but will not be hooked up to hdmi if you dont already have the cables.

I fully relize the above msgs are old, but just wanted to state what my cox has done since HD has been a option for my area.
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Old 10-29-2007, 08:07 AM   #15
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For me a cable or sat that doesnt support HDMI & HD is not going to be a service I waste $$ on.

My Cox cable co does...and in fact promotes it heavily.
But they dont supply the hdmi cables.
The only cable they supplied was the cable from the wall to the box.
All other non component cables were the consumers problem (as it should be).
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