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Need help hooking up TV, BluRay, Home Theatre & cable box

I've got a PanasonicTH50PZ80U TV, Panasonic SC-PT753 Home Theatre, DMP-BD35 BluRay, and EXPLORER 4250HDC Cable Box. I've got all the Panasonic components hooked up via VIERA Link so they're all on 1 remote. However, I got the cable box AFTER everything else was hooked up and now I've got the HD box hooked to the TV via coaxial cable.

I want to hook the HD box to the TV via HDMI, but the BluRay & Home Theatre are already using the HDMI ports. How can I hook the HD box to the TV via HDMI, and not lose any of the Viera link/1 remote functionality and not use the 3rd HDMI port in the front of the TV?

Any suggestions are GREATLY appreciated.

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I found that since the Panasonic TH50PZ80U TV has only 2 HDMI ports on the back of the TV, the best solution for me was to use component (red, blue, green) cables to connect the Home Theatre to the TV. I suppose I/you could connect the home theatre to the HDMI port on the front panel, but I don't want cables hanging out the front of the TV (personal preference). Unfortunately, I am no longer able to use the VIERA Link functionality available by connecting all Panasonic components to each other using HDMI cables, but I feel it's a small price to pay for the incredible picture quality acheived by using the HDMI cable to connect the HD Cable Box to the TV. I may yet be able to control everything using the HD Cable Box remote, but I haven't gotten that far yet but I've got Comcast coming on Saturday and hopefully they can let me know if this is possible: let me know if you have a solution.

So here are the components and the cable types used to connect:

  1. HD Cable Box to TV: HDMI cable & Optical Audio cable
  2. Home Theatre to TV: Red, Blue & Green component cables
  3. BluRay Player to TV: HDMI cable
I hope this helps someone else.

Posted on Nov 20, 2008

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