All of the TVs are existing - and they're all 1080p so I don't think
I'd have to be concerned with EDID. I've noticed that although ShinyBow 8x8 HDMI HDCP compliant matrix switches retail for about $3,400, the street price seems to be around $2k so that's an option. I'd have to split one of the outputs to feed two TVs simultaneously (MBR/Mbath) but that's not a big deal, so I may go that route.
@Work2Play - The $1700 has 50 3' monoprice HDMI cables included to get a ballpark number, but does not include the 9 'long' cables need to get from the spaghetti matrix to the TV's (I'd have to buy those with any solution so I left those out.)
I have noticed those distributed HD-over-IP products in the more recent Cepro magazines. One that comes to mind is "www.JustAddPower.com"
which is a stupid name and reminds me of those "I hang TVs.com" commercials I see on the local morning news. The product seems decent though, and I like that it's distributed so I'll probably dig into that a little more.
The mad-scientist in me still wants to build the spaghetti matrix (i like that name too), but if I can source a reasonably priced true matrix switch, then I'll most liekly go that route. I don't mind paying x2 over what the spaghetti matrix would cost, but there's no way in h3!! I'm dropping 10-15K on a box to route Disney movies and Myth Busters through my house.
Since all of the TV's have IP control (they're all Samsung smartTVs) and 4 HDMI inputs each. I had also considered just putting an x-way splitter on the the output of each source (the top portion of the spaghetti matrix) and sending the signals through multiple HDMI cables to the TVs. However considering the price of splitters and long HDMI cables (or HDMI over Cat6 converters) what I'd probably to is buy 6 more Apple TVs (have and stick them behind the TVs with the DirecTV box. Doing that I just really be splitting the BluRay and maybe a PC or game console. So then the HDMI inputs on the back of each TV would be filled accordingly:
HDMI 1: Local DirecTV
HDMI 2: Local AppleTV2
HDMI 3: Remote Blu-Ray (from remote HDMI splitter)
HDMI 4: Remote something else
The only down side there is I still have to rent 8 DTV receivers (the 9th is a DTV DVR) so over time the extra rental cost would justify an extra HDMI run for remote, split and shared DTV receivers (we could get buy with 3 total, so a savings of 6 rentals).
BTW, the goal for this endeavor is to i) reduce DTV receiver rentals and ii)have only a TV at each location (at least only a TV visible, with the devices stuffed behind)
How far have people run good quality HDMI cables? I'm still waiting on a copy of the hose plans but I don't think the'll be a run over 50 feet. Is that doable? I was looking at the monoprice 22AWG 50 footers, but also noticed they go up to 100' - is that just asking for trouble?
Edited by roussell, 07 May 2012 - 08:15 AM.