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Apple TV and Cable???

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PLB11# Calculating status...
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Oct 9, 2010 5:33 AM
A very basic question. I have a HD TV that is hooked up to Comcast Cable. Does Apple TV work completely independent of Comcast? That is if I install Apple TV will I also still be able to use Comcast - in short, are they parallel systems?

Thanks for your help.
iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Arcade99 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Oct 9, 2010 5:36 AM (in response to PLB11#)
    Yes, ATV2 will be connected through a separate HDMI cable with your HD TV.
    iMac (late 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • AGupta Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Oct 9, 2010 6:14 AM (in response to PLB11#)
    Yes they are parallel. We have Comcast too.
    Our cable box connects to stereo receiver via HDMI (our receiver has 2 HDMI inputs).
    AppleTV connects to the same stereo receiver via its second HDMI slot.
    Receiver has one HDMI output that goes up to the TV.
    Mac Pro 2 x 2.8GHz Quad core, Mac OS X (10.6), NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT, Boot Camp/Win XP Pro, iPhone 4, iPad, appleTV
  • Debra Dziuk Calculating status...
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    Nov 3, 2010 1:12 PM (in response to AGupta)
    I have Comcast too and I have DVR hooked up to an HD TV. I want to also hook Apple TV up to that same TV. Unfortunately, the TV only has one HDMI port, which is currently connected to the DVR. I would rather not have to unplug the DVR HDMI cable to use the Apple TV and keep switching back and forth. I bought a splitter to try to hook both up to the TV at the same time. I haven't had a chance to try it yet and I'm not sure a splitter will work, as I am not trying to split one signal to two different sources. Any thoughts or ideas?
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Dave Yeager Calculating status...
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    Nov 3, 2010 8:39 PM (in response to Debra Dziuk)
    Lots of HDMI splitters and switches around. If you want low price, try here:

    http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?cid=109&cpid=10110
    Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • tgibbs Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
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    Nov 4, 2010 6:51 AM (in response to Dave Yeager)
    I have a Monoprice HDMI switch, and it works well.
    Cube, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.5.7)

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