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Wannabe Geek


# 41439 16-Sep-2009 12:20
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Hi all,
I am using a 1080distribution hub www.1080distribution.com with Control4 to distribute TV to multi rooms.
The 1080 is HD over component and Cat6. To allow HD from My Sky I have an HDMI to Component converter, however the converter: www.cdynamics.co.nz/productimages/pdfs/hdmihd02.pdf spec says HDCP compliant - when input is HDCP encrypted the component out will be turned off.

My question is, how do I know I am getting full HD? and can I with this converter?

When TV (Hitachi 42' Plasma) is turned on to sky it says 576 - even on sky sport HD/Movies HD
When TV is turned on to Control4 it sayd 720 - so hub is sending different resolutions fine.

Sky is set to Auto for HD resolution, if I change it to specific output such as 720 the tv goes blank - presumably the converter has shut off the output.
(and yes HD ticket is turned on)
Thanks.

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Ultimate Geek


  # 256086 16-Sep-2009 12:32
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Bruce12345: My question is, how do I know I am getting full HD? and can I with this converter?
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You won't get Full HD off Sky and some TV's aren't HDCP compliant either.



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Wannabe Geek


  # 256089 16-Sep-2009 12:36
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What resolution is Sky HD?
Any idea why my TV says 576 no matter which sky channel I am on - HD channel or not.


 
 
 
 


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  # 256092 16-Sep-2009 12:39
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This device is potentially worthless and probably not going to do what you want it for.

My understanding is Sky always use HDCP on their HDMI output, even the non HD channels. This means that theoretically you won't get any video off any channels, even the ones that aren't HD.

Sky don't restrict component output on all their HD content though. Some are available in HD over component but some aren't. All movie channels will be downscaled to 576i if you use the compoent output.

To distribute HD video around your best way is to use a 4 way HDMI splitter and use HDMI baluns for each TV. This will give you HD but requires each TV to have HDMI.

If you want to stick with your corrent solution your best bet is a HD Fury. This will strip the HDCP copy protection but doesn't come cheap.

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  # 256095 16-Sep-2009 12:40
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Bruce12345: What resolution is Sky HD?
Any idea why my TV says 576 no matter which sky channel I am on - HD channel or not.


720p or 1080i depending on which channel. As to your second question, sorry - I can't help you, but I'm sure someone here could.

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  # 256097 16-Sep-2009 12:41
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I assume your Hitachi TV doesn't have HDMI and you are simply using component from the Sky box to the TV? If so 576i is the standard SD video format.



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  # 256104 16-Sep-2009 12:54
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TV is using component in, can handle 1080p on component (even though tv resolution is not full HD, TV is only 1080x1080 - some strange but good hitachi plasma set up), and is happily accepting the Control4 interface as 720p through same component in
My main confusion is to why the converter is even working given it says it will turn off the output if HDCP is used.
Sky box says the HDCP handshake is succesfull
Can I assume that all my sky channels are showing in 576i given that is what the tv is reporting?
Sky sport does look a lot clearer and sharper than other channels, but how do I know I am actually watching 720 or 1080?




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  # 256107 16-Sep-2009 12:58
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TV is using component in because I am using a distribution hub - one input from many outputs - ie sky, dvd and control 4 all use the same component input into the tv. TV does have HDMI, but to get a 30 mtr HDMI cable when I already have this full HD distribution hub seemed a waste of money, not to mention the problems with running this distance.
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  # 256111 16-Sep-2009 13:18
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Bruce12345 "I have an HDMI to Component converter"

Does Sport1 and Sport2 downscale/ no picture as I thought there's no HDCP on those channels, unless HDMI out on sky box is more stricter then using component out. Maybe try connecting one TV directly to sky box using the component out on sky box, and see how get on with sports channels.

For other channels has to be HDMI out on mysky to digital connection on TV that is HDCP compliment. If you're connecting to component on TV you'll get 576i or no picture.

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