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Old 11-10-2008, 04:41 PM   #1
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Question SA Explorer 4250HDC HDMI doesn't work

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Bought a Panasonic 42" plasma the other day. Initialy set it up with an antenna. Fantastic HD with this set over the air.
Picked up a digital cable box, Explorer 4250HDC, at Comcast. They said all I had to do was connect and call for activation. The clerk gave me an HDMI cable to attach. She had asked if it was a new set. When I called to activate, could not get any link between HDMI out on the box to set. Said I would try a few things no luck. Called again, got another technician. He told me the HDMI does not work on that box and I would have to get a DVR box to use HDMI.
WTF? I don't get it. Why would SA put HDMI in a box if it "don't work"? Works OK with the coax all though it can't touch over the air. What I want is the cable via HDMI and the antenna hooked to the coax so I can change on the fly.
Anyone have this problem with the Explorer 4250HDC?
I may have to get the DVR box but am anticipating problems with that also. I live in Virginia if that matters.
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:33 AM   #2
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Why not use component connections between the 4250 and your TV? Odds are you would not notice much (if any) difference between the HDMI and component hook ups. This would allow you to still use the coax for your OTA.

You may find this thread interesting: http://www.highdefforum.com/cable-pr...ifference.html
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Old 11-11-2008, 07:41 AM   #3
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[QUOTE=nmlobo;738794]Why not use component connections between the 4250 and your TV? Odds are you would not notice much (if any) difference between the HDMI and component hook ups. This would allow you to still use the coax for your OTA.


That's actually a good suggestion. The only thing I worry about is driving all the way to Comcast, get the cables then find out that the only thing that works on this box is the coax. I'm wondering if Comcast orders the set tops with the other connectors disabled. I was hoping there was some button sequence I could use to turn it back on. Oh well. Thanks for the response.
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Old 11-11-2008, 01:49 PM   #4
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You can get HD component cables at any electronics store, or TARGET, WALMART, etc... for cheap. You don't need to get them from COMCAST.

The coax output of the box isn't HD. If they disabled everything but the coax output they wouldn't call it an HD receiver.
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Old 11-11-2008, 10:58 PM   #5
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All is well now. I picked up the component cables from comcast, why should I buy them. I still have the HDMI cable which I used on a upconvert DVD player. Not bad, I did not have to buy any cables. Comcast will get me though, as I wanted to exchange for DVR box but they said I would have to subscribe to a more premier plan. What ripoffs!
I told them that I thought the HDMI output may be scrambled and would need a cable card to descramble signal. The clerk looked at me funny. The component interface works fine. Good HD picture now.
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Old 11-12-2008, 12:33 AM   #6
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I would have recommended an old vcr cord for component. I am a pack rat when it comes to cords. RCA is RCA. It does not have to be a special component cord. Welcome newbie.
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Old 11-18-2008, 12:11 PM   #7
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I picked up the component cables from comcast, why should I buy them. I told them that I thought the HDMI output may be scrambled and would need a cable card to descramble signal. The clerk looked at me funny. The component interface works fine. Good HD picture now.
I'd have bought an inexpensive set of component cables from some local store a few minutes from my home instead of wasting my time going all the way back the cable company to get a readliy available cable. That's just me I guess.

As far as the clerk looking at you funny that's a normal reaction when someone says something goofy to someone.
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Old 11-20-2008, 10:23 AM   #8
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HDMI on SA4250HDC I just hooked up to a new Sammy doesn't work either. TWC doesn't support HDMI so I used component cables. I don't see how HDMI could be any better other than reduce clutter.

Of interest, the HDMI cable I used worked on my SA8300HDC/Panny combo but my Bose 321 system has no HDMI capability so I was only able to get TV sound. The picture quality was no better with HDMI.
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