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I purchased a wireless HDMI Transmitter (TX) and matching Receiver (RX) pair from Amazon but I won't have time to play with the setup until later next week.
I intend to initially eliminate the CableTV box in the master bedroom and instead transmit the HDMI output from the CableTV box in the family room to the HDMI receiver in the master bedroom. The CableTV box in the family room is pretty much centrally located in the middle of the house.
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So my question is, do these things work reasonably well with the picture and sound in sync? Each of our CableTV boxes is costing us $10/mo. Not a big deal until you add them all up. If the wireless HDMI TX / RX system works well from the family room to master bedroom I'll buy more receivers for the other rooms where we have CableTV boxes.
Any thoughts? Anyone with actual experience with these things?
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Do you have DVRs for every cable box?
We used to have one DVR box and back in the analog days, you could just plug in all the other TVs with the cable. When Cox went all digital, I set up Windows Media Server with Xboxes and HDHomerun boxes with cable cards that cost just $2 per month. I can then record whatever I want from cable and use Plex from NAS storage from any TV. With the Xboxes, I can still watch any major network live on any TV. I had bought several used one for peanuts, but I digress.
Anyway, I had just one cable box and then, after DRM limited the channels via WMS, I got an extra small box from Cox that costs just $2/month. It's fine for just watching cable shows. Does you provider offer a stripped down box?
For streaming the best boxes are Roku. There are several model from as little as $30 up to the top model for $80 that has wired and wireless connections and allows you to plug in headphones to not annoy others. The Roku apps are the best in my opinion as they are always the most up to date and every app is available on Roku.
My son does YouTubeTV and that's an option if you wanted to dump cable. All the shows are available for DVR and you can use as many TVs as you want. The prices have gone up, but still cheaper than cable and there are not box charges.
Lastly, I'd be cautious with a HDMI wireless. If you are in the bedroom, how do you change channels where the cable box is? I suspect that my wife would only use it if I do it.
The way Comcast works is we have one main larger CableTV box with HDD inside for DVR. The other Cable boxes are tiny and 'dumb'. We can record from those 'dump' boxes in the other rooms but the recordings actually go to the main box with HDD. At least that's how it used to work. The setup might be recording to their 'cloud' these days but it's totally transparent to us.
Cox has a similar whole house DVD. Our problem was too many TVs and I didn't want to be paying $10-12 per box for 5 or 6 TVs. Long term, I believe that the cable companies will die for TV and we'll see more streaming options like YouTubeTV.
Why don't you just return all the boxes and go with a app like Directv Stream. You could then just put the app on all the TVs, assuming they are all smart.
Only one of our four TV's are 'smart' so loading Apps are not an option. I'm struggling with weighing our options for streaming services (with outboard boxes) or keeping what we have with CableTV - which we love except for the prices. The first option seems to be eliminating the CableTV boxes where we can since they charge rent on those.
There would be lots more options if you upgrade the TVs, they are not that expensive anymore , and may save you money and clutter in the long run.
I have a similar unit in my sunroom. It works "most" of the time. Sometimes it may take several minutes to acquire the signal.
Hmm, I'll have to try ours out. Haven't had the time yet.
If it takes time to acquire the signal and is fiddly I don't think my wife will put up with it. We need something that "just works" w/o much hassle. We'll see.
Thanks for your comments!
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