I have been reading multiple areas of this site for a little over an hour, and haven't quite figured out what I'm looking for yet, so I'm wondering if anyone can explain something.
For some background, I'm in a new area that qualifies for 2HD/1SD and the tech who set up my internet says I've got bandwidth well over 25. So my connection would be good. As such, I am debating replacing my Shaw setup, but want to understand how the multiroom viewing works on Optik.
Currently, my house is wired for audio and video completely centrally. We have 6-zone speaker system that can send IR signal from the keypads back to the main unit. We have TVs in four locations. One location is wired with HDMI and component from the source. The other locations get their video from the main unit through a series of 3 RF modulators and a combiner which transmits the three video sources (currently 2 shaw PVRs and a Blu-ray) through a coax line to the multiple viewing locations. To access the components I simply change the TV channel to whichever channel corresponds to the device. The previous owner also helped future proof the setup by running two Cat5 runs to each TV location from the utility room.
Now I am reading about the Telus Optik system and the fact 1 box can send video to up to 6 different Televisions and view different programming on some or all of the location. Reading the site it appears to be possible over coax or Cat5 with a slight preference to Cat5 if available.
Now with all of this said. How does it work? Does the PVR have multiple built in RF modulators that sends signals through different TV channels, or is it some more complex setup? Also how does it know which TV location is which?
Should I choose to use the Cat5 lines rather than coax, how does it connect to the actual TV in the new location. Is it through Composite/S-Video/Component/HDMI or is there another box at the TV location which turns it into a Coax line into the TV? Does the fact that I have 2 Cat5 to each TV location give me the ability to view the HDTV channels in HD on all TVs?
I'm facinated at the concept, but just can't put the pieces together as to how it actually works and would appreciate a more technical explanation as to how the system works.