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New HDTV owner: could someone vet my connections?

11-19-2007, 05:46 PM
I just got an Olevia 32" HDTV and so far so good. my set up is very basic -- just a dvd and a cox digital STB -- but i still want to check w/ my betters here that i'm hooked up about as good as it's going to get. let's see ...
dvd to TV: HDMI
STB to TV: Composite cables. I think this is the weak link in my setup, but I don't see any way around it, since the box doesn't offer component cable connections. it does have S video, however. should i go that route?
I would get the Cox HD cable box, which rents for the same per month as the digital box, but they want a $45 installation fee. I mean, isn't it just a matter of hooking up the box the way the digital one is hooked up now? Why should I pay 45 clams for that? Anyway, if I'm wrong, let me know. Otherwise, for the time being, I'll be penny wise and pound foolish.
Also: my brain is too small to understand this cable splitting business. if I split it as it enters and go right to the tv w/ one half and to the box with the other half, will i get HD on that first half? and how do you know (other than picture) that you're actually getting HD? i did the splitter thing last night and the over-the-air stuff looked horrible. it was a crummy splitter, though. could that explain it?
anyway, as you can tell, i'm really operating out of my depth, so thanks for any help you can offer.

11-19-2007, 06:06 PM
Spend the $45 and get the HD box. You just spent a lot on the tv, enjoy it!! I had to give FIOS $25 to bring an HD box which I thought was ridiculous, but they don't give them out.

I already had another HD tv and knew that you have to go to an HD box, otherwise you could have kept the old tv.

Get component with audio or HDMI cables, call the cable company to bring you a box, and you'll be glad you did :yippee: Trust me!

PS: Your cable company may provide the necessary cables, and if they do, it's about the same money as buying cables, so you can rationalize the expenditure of the $45 that way. Ask them for the cables and they'll probably bring them. They hook it all up, at least our guys did. The HD channels are on a different numbering level and are not available from a standard box, on FIOS at least.

11-19-2007, 06:14 PM
Cox only charged me $15 and mailed the box to me. If I understand you correctly you don't have an HD box yet???
If this is the case, and the only way you can get one is pay $45, then pay it, you won't be disappointed.

11-19-2007, 07:49 PM
thanks, guys, for egging me on toward a regular high def box. i called cox and wonder o' wonders they were running a promotion, free hd & dvr for a year with a $100 early termination fee contract. so, for that year, i get the hd box, the dvr and the remote free. sweet! and, installation is free too! and -- get this -- since i am returning my old digital box and remote, the rental fees for them are going away so that the net result (because everything else is free for a year) is that my bill is going to go down abou 5 clams each month. wow. double wow. wow wow!
boy, am i glad i posted here! thanks again!

11-19-2007, 10:13 PM
flipper now get a cold one and enjoy hdtv.................