Friday, December 7, 2007
...watching TV only involved a single cable -- the one that provided power to the TV?
Now there's the coax from the satellite dish to the DVR/Receiver, coax from that to the DVD/VCR, coax from that to the TV. Another coax takes digital sound from the DVD/VCR to the surround sound system, which has 6 wires leading to various speakers (3 front, 2 rear, and subwoofer). Another pair of RCA cables hook up the VCR's analog audio to the sound system, as well as the satellite's analog audio. The PlayStation 3, a new addition to the mix, has an HDMI cable to the TV and a network cord for hooking up with other players on the intertubes. Oh yeah, I forgot the phone cord attached to the satellite receiver so they can
keep tabs on my viewing habits download guide updates. And when the new HD satellite DVR shows up, it'll have its own network cable, an HDMI cable to the TV, and we'll swap the coax cable from the DVD/VCR combo for a fiber optic cable from the TV's audio hub to the sound system's input. Of course, let's not forget the other HDMI connection that'll come (eventually) with an HD DVD player, which will have its own network cable as well. And all of this is not counting a power cable for each and every device.
I'm really looking forward to the fruits of all this, but sometimes I can't help shaking my head in bemusement at the absurdity of it all.
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