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I recently moved into a school owned apartment complex with cable that is already provided. However, unfortunately they do not provide cable boxes. I called Dish Network, with whom the service is with and they were not able to help as the school would need to request the box. When I asked the school they were quite clear in stating that this is the service and nothing could be done about it, ie what u see is what you get. What I have is a coax cable from the wall that you can hook up to a tv, but no place for component, dvi etc...

Is there anyway that I can route the coax cable through another medium so as to hook up my projector. Do any receivers have this capability? Thank you.
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I would think that if you can watch cable on your tv without the cable box then you should be able to take any cable-ready device, like a VCR, and hook it to the cable and use the VCR Video or S-Video outputs to drive your projector. It wouldn't be the best quality, but cable quality can be iffy, depending on who it is.

Quote (Projector Noob on Aug 19, 2008 7:51 AM):
I recently moved into a school owned apartment complex with cable that is already provided. However, unfortunately they do not provide cable boxes. I called Dish Network, with whom the service is with and they were not able to help as the school would need to request the box. When I asked the school they were quite clear in stating that this is the service and nothing could be done about it, ie what u see is what you get. What I have is a coax cable from the wall that you can hook up to a tv, but no place for component, dvi etc...

Is there anyway that I can route the coax cable through another medium so as to hook up my projector. Do any receivers have this capability? Thank you.

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Quote (sheridan on Aug 19, 2008 11:10 AM):
I would think that if you can watch cable on your tv without the cable box then you should be able to take any cable-ready device, like a VCR, and hook it to the cable and use the VCR Video or S-Video outputs to drive your projector. It wouldn't be the best quality, but cable quality can be iffy, depending on who it is.

Do you know if there would be any way to have hd capabilities? or would that soley be through the cable company. What I am asking is if I could get a vcr/dvd what have u with a dvi or component cables would that matter? Also how would the channel changing functions work with the vcr?
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To get HD, you have to subscribe to it AND have an HD cable box. Why? Because the cable will have the HD output ports you need.

VCR/DVD combos may have Component output, but they are only outputting the DVD content. They don't take the cable input and run it

Quote (Projector Noob on Aug 19, 2008 1:29 PM):
Do you know if there would be any way to have hd capabilities? or would that soley be through the cable company. What I am asking is if I could get a vcr/dvd what have u with a dvi or component cables would that matter? Also how would the channel changing functions work with the vcr?

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ahh, so if i understand correctly, I would be able to watch movies on my projector if i hooked it up to a dvd which is fine, however I would be unable to hook it up to the tv, without a cable box. I just want to clarify, that I have cable, however the only connection option the school gives us is a coax cable, with no option of getting any sort of cable box.
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