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Old 12-12-2007, 01:29 AM   #1
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I have Cable now and like the fact that you can split it without having to use a box for each tv for basic channels.

Since U-verse comes out as coax from the modem can it be split the same as cable without having to use a box for each tv for basic channels?
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Old 12-12-2007, 04:17 AM   #2
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I'm actually not using coax anywhere on mine, HDMI on the HDTV and s-vid on the SDTVs. If you do run coax I imagine it might be possible to split it, but I'm guessing both TVs would be controller from the same U-verse box. I don't think you'll get two unique signals like you can splitting cable.
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Old 12-12-2007, 10:37 AM   #3
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See the difference with Uverse and cable is the signal going over the coax. Cable systems send TV signals over the coax and Uverse sends data over the coax. So the answer is no you can't split it and run the coax into your TVs like cable. You can split it and feed the Uverse boxes (they are basically dedicated computers) at each TV. Remember there are only four video streams available, so the practical limit is going to be four TVs.

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Old 12-18-2007, 02:15 AM   #4
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Well, Att called me two weeks ago to tell me U-verse was available in my area.

Like I mentioned I have cable now and like the splitting capability, so I think I will hold out a little longer for U-verse.

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Well, Att called me two weeks ago to tell me U-verse was available in my area.

Like I mentioned I have cable now and like the splitting capability, so I think I will hold out a little longer for U-verse.

Thank you for the feed back.
You can split it for another year (Feb '09). Once the analog signals go to digital, you'll need a digital cable box for each TV. Someone correct me if I am wrong about this.
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You can split it for another year (Feb '09). Once the analog signals go to digital, you'll need a digital cable box for each TV. Someone correct me if I am wrong about this.
Uverse is a IPTV system, so everything is digital and can not be split for analog channels like cable systems.

Also the analog support will continue for a while on cable systems after the OTA analog cut off, but again Uverse is not a cable system.
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You can split it for another year (Feb '09). Once the analog signals go to digital, you'll need a digital cable box for each TV. Someone correct me if I am wrong about this.
as long as you have a digital tuner in your tv, you'll still be able to split it. All my tv's have built in tuners.
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as long as you have a digital tuner in your tv, you'll still be able to split it. All my tv's have built in tuners.
Not with Uverse. It uses mpeg4 video streams with special packet decoding. It is not digital cable.
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There is no slitting period.

Your only option is to jump a signal from another TV, but then you can only watch what is on the main TV the signal is jumped from.

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I was just about to post a similar question.

I have an U-Verse installation set up for Feb. 2nd.

Total of 3 TV's. 1 HD tv & 2 analog sets.

Can it be split before it connects to each receiver ?

Meaning if all coax cables are home run to 1 central location ?
( say my garage, where my phone drop comes into the house & coax outlets are ).

If this is possible, I will have to re-route one of my current outlets about 15 feet, so it will be home run.

Or they have to use a diplexer ?

I am an at&t employee & will be paying quite a bit less & getting more channels than what I'm currently getting from Dish Network.

I haven't been able to get a hold of a Premises Tech. to give me an answer on this.
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The OP wanted to know if he could split the coax and run it into his TV. That can't be done because there ar not any RF TV signals in the coax cable only data streams. ATT is using the coax instead of cat5 cable to simplify the installation since most homes will be already wired with coax cable. They can use cat5 to each Uverse STB as well.

The confusion comes in because most people see their STBs hooked up with the same coax that their cable box was hooked up with and assume it has the same signal as their cable service had.

Now it is possible to split the coax cable to feed multiple STBs, but there are limits to how many splitters can be between any given STB and the RG. The limit will depend largely on the condition of your existing coax and many installers will replace existing splitters with new low loss units. They may also replace the coax connections as well.

There have been reports that the cat5 cables work better in some cases due to the different technologies used between the Ethernet and coax systems. I havent seen this as an issue I have two STB hooked up with coax, one is my DVR, and my other STB hooked up with cat5e. For more information you may want to read this: U-Verse IPTV
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The OP wanted to know if he could split the coax and run it into his TV. That can't be done because there ar not any RF TV signals in the coax cable only data streams. ATT is using the coax instead of cat5 cable to simplify the installation since most homes will be already wired with coax cable. They can use cat5 to each Uverse STB as well.

The confusion comes in because most people see their STBs hooked up with the same coax that their cable box was hooked up with and assume it has the same signal as their cable service had.

Now it is possible to split the coax cable to feed multiple STBs, but there are limits to how many splitters can be between any given STB and the RG. The limit will depend largely on the condition of your existing coax and many installers will replace existing splitters with new low loss units. They may also replace the coax connections as well.

There have been reports that the cat5 cables work better in some cases due to the different technologies used between the Ethernet and coax systems. I havent seen this as an issue I have two STB hooked up with coax, one is my DVR, and my other STB hooked up with cat5e. For more information you may want to read this:
Sounds like you know what you are talking about. Maybe you can answer a similar question for me. I know I'm in for an adventure trying to get this installed... I have a UStech home network hub in a central location. Each outlet consists of a phone, data, coax, and Internal Coax. The internal coax allows the same signal to be sent to every TV in the house, although there is a lot of degredation, so this is a last resort. I also have a Windows MCE computer split with the main TV for recording. I would like to keep the computer simply because I have a bigger hard drive than the DVR and I can burn to DVD. I have 6 TV's in my house. Can I get 3 or 4 TV's to "share" a box and perhaps share the same signal on those TV's? I do not plan to always be using more than one of these shared TV's at once. If I do this, will I still be able to change channels on the shared TV's?

Kind of a separate question; can I record a show on one box and watch it on another box?

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and I hope that you will be able to lead me in the right direction.
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The Uverse STBs and DVR could be hooked up using your Ethernet wiring assuming you have a switch in the hub. The RG can connect to the switch just like any router and the STVs and DVR are just like connecting another computer.

If you ate talking about sharing the outputs in SD, you can send the RF output back to the hub and then back down to the tvs you want to share. If you want to leave it to where any TV could get the signals from the Uverse STBs, you will need some modulators like those used for security cameras plus audio.

To share HD, it will require some sort of wiring between the locations (component or HDMI) and possibly a distribution amplifier or splitter.

Uverse will supply one DVR and up to 3 STBs, I think it is three, but they may be able to supply you with STBs for all of your TVs if you ask. That would simplify matters for you quite a bit. And yes you can watch a channel on another STB that is being recorded by the DVR. Basically you can have up to 4 streams (one of which can be a HD stream) and any STB can watch any of the 4. If 4 STBs are on the same channel, it only counts a one stream, the RG just streams the same thing to all 4 STBs.

As far as your MCE computer goes, I don't know how that will fit into your scheme. Is it being used for cable recording now or OTA?
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Actually, I realize that you can watch a program on another STB While recording on the DVR, but can you watch a show that has already been recorded on a different DVR?

As for the computer, I am thinking it would probably need its own box since it needs to control the channels to record TV. Perhaps I can figure out a way for the Computer and TV to share the output from one box.

It may all be irrelevant, anyway. My wife works for AT&T, and the engineer that told her that our line qualified may have been mistaken. Now she is being told that we do not qualify. I guess we will keep waiting.

Thanks for your help.
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Actually, I realize that you can watch a program on another STB While recording on the DVR, but can you watch a show that has already been recorded on a different DVR?
They are working on a whole house DVR that will allow playback from the DVR on any STB on the LAN. No date solid for it yet.
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As for the computer, I am thinking it would probably need its own box since it needs to control the channels to record TV. Perhaps I can figure out a way for the Computer and TV to share the output from one box.
You can put a switch in the LAN line to feed both the STB and the computer. As far as the audio/video if we are talking SD, there are 2 sets of A/V outputs. There is also component, s-video and HDMI outputs on each STB.

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