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Wannabe Geek

# 124514 10-Jul-2013 12:02
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I have bought an AppleTV to stream from my Laptop to TV ready for when Colliseum Sports starts but the HDMI outlet on the TV is already connected to the TBox.
Do I have to unplug one to use the other or is there an option to have both connected at the same time?

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  # 853252 10-Jul-2013 12:04
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If your TV is on older one that only has 1 HDMI port you would need to buy a HDMI switcher to give you multiple HDMI inputs.

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Wannabe Geek

  # 853266 10-Jul-2013 12:40
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Ok great, thanks. Just checked prices for HDMI switcher and looks like I'm up for at least another $130 :(


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  # 853269 10-Jul-2013 12:42
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Kirbee: Ok great, thanks. Just checked prices for HDMI switcher and looks like I'm up for at least another $130 :(

Or a new TV?

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Master Geek

  # 853270 10-Jul-2013 12:44
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RapalloAV have two port switchers from $30, you shouldn't need to spend $130.

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  # 853271 10-Jul-2013 12:44
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Not quite that bad:

EDIT: Or the Rapollo one for $30 is even better :)

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Wannabe Geek

  # 853284 10-Jul-2013 13:01
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With the $30 pigtail switcher would picture or sound quality be lost?
I thought from the info I've copied below from another site that I needed something a bit more high-tech but maybe that's only if I'm trying to hook up a complete home entertainment system which I'm not.

When shopping for an HDMI switch for your home entertainment system, be aware that not all are created equal. Besides expandability, here are some things to look for when purchasing an HDMI switch:
* External source of power--Avoid purchasing an HDMI switch powered by the HDMI source itself. Purchase only a switch that comes with its own power source.
* Intelligent input selection--All HDMI sources deliver a signal that indicates it is available. Some HDMI switches have the ability to recognize it and eliminate the need for manual selection.
* Power-saving feature--Choose an HDMI switch that automatically goes into Standby mode when the source is turned off.
* HDMI 1.3 capable--HDMI 1.3 is the current version of HDMI. Having a switch that is up to date with the technology will help you avoid costly replacements down the line.
* HDCP transparency--The switch must be capable of passing HDCP data from source to display.

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Wannabe Geek

  # 853333 10-Jul-2013 14:21
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Thanks guys for your responses.  I've purchased the $30 one.

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