iMac as a HDTV

Discussion in 'iMac' started by MrMoore, Aug 17, 2008.

  1. MrMoore macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2006
    Arlington Heights,IL
    I have an iMac 24" and recently connected a Pinnacle 800e USB stick to use with my Comcast cable. I connected the coaxial cable directly to the USB stick and was able to get the analog (1-99) channels. Since the Pinnacle can also receive HD broadcasts I connected the included antenna and was able to view the over-the-air HD channels. (I've been watching the Olympics).

    The over the air signal is not the greatest. I cannot get all the ones available (I can only see Fox and NBC, and maybe if I am lucky ABC).

    I wanted to see the other channel, plus cable channels like ESPN, so I ordered a HD Receiver from Comcast, but now am wondering if I can even connect the Comcast receiver (Motorola HD DCT-6200, I think) to the Pinnacle USB stick. There is a coaxial connector on the receiver, but would it send HD?

    I wanted to sample the HD on my iMac, before deciding to get a HDTV to see if the HD programming was worth the extra costs.

    Will I be able to use a Comcast HD receiver on a Pinnacle USB stick connected to my iMac or will I need to cancel the installation order?

    Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
  2. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

    Leon Kowalski

    Sep 20, 2007
    Gondwanaland Reunification Front HQ
    That box has firewire outputs, but the users manual doesn't provide much
    useful information on how you'd use them. (It also has USB and ethernet,
    but I don't believe they can be used for video output.)

    The FCC requires cable operators to supply an HD set top box with firewire
    (IEEE-1394) video output, if the customer requests it -- but I have no idea
    whether there's any Apple or third-party software available to use it.

    ...try Google: DCT6200 firewire Apple


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