Split screen operation (television and Flex monitor)

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I am new to the Flex radio and the community, so I hope I am doing things right....

I have a new Flex 6500 and it is connected to my 100 mbps router via Ethernet and my HP desktop computer with Windows 7 is also hardwired via Ethernet to the router. Currently, I am using a small Dell LED monitor connected to my computer. What I would like to do is purchase a larger "smart television" and use it to simultaneously display both "television broadcast" and the band activity on my Flex. Ideally, I would like to have a split screen set up so I could watch the boob tube with one eye while monitoring the band activity with the other eye. I don't think I am exceeding any tecnology boundaries, so I am sure this is not an original idea. Has anybody done this already? There's certainly no sense in re-inventing the wheel. Thank you in advance.

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Ken

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Mark Erbaugh

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You would likely connect the Smart SDR computer video output to the TVs HDMI input. I don't have a smart TV, but some analog higher end TVs used to have a picture in picture feature that could be used to watch two things at once.

Alternatively, you could get a TV tuner for the shack computer and watch TV and run SSDR on the same screen.
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Frank WA3NHK

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I'm doing that already.  Get a Silicon Dust tuner, which will stream TV across your ethernet LAN.  They provide a free Windows client that works perfectly for this.  Not sure if  you want open-air TV or cable.  I'm using their HD cable box with a cable card.  They have other models.

http://www.silicondust.com/products/hdhomerun/prime/

Don't buy the Ceton Corp. products.  I've used them since their release and they've been nothing but trouble.  Mine are now sitting in a box.

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I've been using a Silicon Dust HD Homerun and a 2007 vintage Mac mini running Elgato EyeTV software as our home DVR for almost 4 years. We only do OTA TV, and we're still recording more than we can watch <g>. FWIW, the last time I checked, the Mac had been running over a year since the last restart.
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Frank and Mark,
Thank you for your suggestions. My television signal comes to the shack via coax cable from Verizon FIOS splitter in the house. When you have some spare time, perhaps you could describe the signal paths from the cable and SDR to the television. I am not sure how two signals are connected to the television. If you have a block diagram available, perhaps you could upload that?
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Frank WA3NHK

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Hi Ken,

I'll post a drawing tonight. I tried to post it today from work but the forum was down for maintenance. On my way home at the moment.

73. Frank
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Frank

Levering from your effort is going to save me many hours of frustration. I look forward to receiving your drawing.

Thanks,

Ken

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