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Old 2009-08-19, 12:20 AM
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Default TV above the fireplace, where do you put the cable box?

I want to put a LCD TV above the fireplace, but somehow you need to connect the TV to a cable box in order to get HD channel, where do you put the cable box to make it look nice and mint?
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Old 2009-08-19, 12:33 AM
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Through an HDMI cable run to the basement into an AV receiver that is connected to the cable box . Or if you don't want to hook up other things like a DVD player, you can connect the cable directly to the cable box.
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Through an HDMI cable run to the basement into an AV receiver that is connected to the cable box . Or if you don't want to hook up other things like a DVD player, you can connect the cable directly to the cable box.
Do you mean run a HDMI cable from above the fireplace to the basement, then connect to a cable box? if it is true, how do I charge the channel? Since we need to point the controller to the cable box, is that right?
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Old 2009-08-19, 12:54 AM
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There are a few solutions to the problem of the box being out of physical sight. I'm refering you to my much more technologically-inclined other.
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Do you mean run a HDMI cable from above the fireplace to the basement, then connect to a cable box? if it is true, how do I charge the channel? Since we need to point the controller to the cable box, is that right?
If you are to run it to the basement you need a solution for your remote issue. If you are running it to another location in the same room, no you don't.

Your options include:
1. Buy an RF universal remote that will allow control from one room to the next.
2. Buy an IR repeater solution the puts an IR receiver near your TV, and runs to a connecting block with IR emitters in the basement to your devices.
3. Come up with your own scheme. We're doing something a little different and also looking at having something similar to #2 if we need it.
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And what about DVD players / Bluray / game consoles and the other crap that sits around the TV and needs physical touching (inserting and ejecting discs etc)? These boxes can't really be kept in the basement. So they will likely need to be in the room somewhere.
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Old 2009-08-19, 01:57 PM
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put a shelve near fireplace, run 2 conduits, cables from tv down to basement up to shelve.
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Old 2009-08-19, 02:39 PM
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And what about DVD players / Bluray / game consoles and the other crap that sits around the TV and needs physical touching (inserting and ejecting discs etc)? These boxes can't really be kept in the basement. So they will likely need to be in the room somewhere.
You can still put your dvd/blue ray player in the basement. You only need to go down there once to put the disk in or take it out. It's not much effort.

As for the PS3, you put a HDMI terminating wall plate where an electrical outlet would go on the wall, perfect for plugging in your PS3/Xbox. Then you put the game console away when you are done. Or leave it out, it's up to you. You could also hide it away under a coffee table.

I've seen people put boxes in their main floor laundry room cabinet, kitchen cabinet, buffet hutches, etc etc. You can get pretty creative with the right technology.
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And what about DVD players / Bluray / game consoles and the other crap that sits around the TV and needs physical touching (inserting and ejecting discs etc)? These boxes can't really be kept in the basement. So they will likely need to be in the room somewhere.
Sure they can, and if you REALLY need to touch them that frequently, you'll be exercising more than just your finger. And if you're really concerned some of the flat panel TVs come with integrated Blu Ray players.
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