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Should I split incoming cable between TV and STB?

flycaster
01-16-2008, 07:01 AM
Just got a Panny 32LX700 and am hooking up to a SA3800HDTV/DVR STB from Comcast. At this point I only have a VRC to add, but later on I will be getting a DVD player. I will not be doing gaming, just watching TV, both SD and HD. As the VCR is a simple one, I'll just be using RCA cables. I intend to use a HDMI from the STB to the TV (2 HDMI recepticles on TV) and split the incoming cable between the STB and the TV. My question is: Will splitting the incoming cable between the STB and the TV delete the quality of the picture (I have a good spliter and a good cable signal/picture on my previous set up with a Sony Wega), or should I simply atttach the incoming cable to the STB and forget about splitting? Actually a senior moment has caused me to forget why I split on the previous set up. I'm thinking it was to allow me to watch basic cable without putting the STB on, but it could have also been to do PIP??? Don't know, any ideas? Thanks for your help.

Scottnot
01-16-2008, 08:26 AM
Only reason I can think of to split is for PIP.

Mark M
01-16-2008, 10:12 AM
If your DVR does not allow you to record one program while watching another, then you would want to split the signal.

rbinck
01-16-2008, 10:18 AM
The cable box is not really ever off, so that may factor into your situation. Anyway, splitting the signal should not deterioate the signal unless it is close to bad already. Give it a try it won't hurt anything.

Scottnot
01-16-2008, 10:25 AM
If your DVR does not allow you to record one program while watching another, then you would want to split the signal.
Good point, also, even if the box has two tuners, splitting would allow recording two programs while watching a third.

flycaster
01-16-2008, 12:07 PM
Thanks. I'll be splitting again.

Rick-F
01-16-2008, 03:04 PM
I split my cable . . . one to MOTO DCT and other directly to TV. When the cable box/DVR locks up and/or needs to be rebooted (and this DOES happen), I just switch the input on the TV. I have a QAM tuner so I still see the networks in HD. When the cable box is "right" again, I just switch back to the HDMI input.