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Coax vs. Optical cable

I have my cable box hooked up through the optical cable, and my tv hooked up through the coax cable (for xbox and my blu ray player). The tv doesnt have an optical out or it would solve my problem. But when I hook up the coax, it wont work with dolby digital or other surround sound. It only uses the left and right front speakers. Is there any way to get the coax to play dolby digital like the optical does?

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Sadly, no :(

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