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Hi Folks,

I've been using an HTPC with Shaw's regular run-of-the-mill, over-the-wire SD TV for quite some time. With a recent sale at Best Buy I decided to make the leap to HD and bought the DCX3200 (which doesn't have PVR capabilities, but who needs it since I have the HTPC right?).

When I brought it home, I'm not quite sure how to connect it to my HTPC. The TV Card in the back of my HTPC only accepts a connection from a coaxial cable (or composite, or SVideo but these have lower resolution capabilities) and the DCX3200 does not have an output port for coax.

It seems I have little choice but to use the HDMI or component (YPbPr) output from the DCX3200, so how can I transform from HDMI or YPbPr+SPDIF into coax?

A quick google search for the DCX3200 shows an "RF Out" port on the back of the device: here but my device doesn't have that port, instead it has a small 3.5mm jack labelled "serial" (has Shaw removed the coax out?).

If I can't transform from HDMI or component into coax, how do others with HTPCs use Shaw's HD Boxes? Will a different box have the output I require? (I can still return the DCX3200).

Thanks for any help you can provide!
 

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Discussed many times in the HTPC forum here. Some people use Firewire, although the 5C constraint seems to preclude copying most programming. Some people use the Hauppauge HD PVR. See the following FAQ on Recording HD and then ask any future questions in the HTPC forum - there should be existing threads to post in there. This thread will be closed.

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=14099

PS. If there were an RF-coax out, it would be SD and mono sound, worse than composite or S-video.
 
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