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Help Needed to receive HD through my HD display

LC Cool T

Standard Member
Can anyone please offer any advice?
I have an Panasonic TH-50PHW3 High Definition Plasma Display of which it came with a the now Panasonic Tuner TU-PTA300B (analogue). I obviously want to receive HD of which I have a virgin V+ digital box and a PS3, but there is no ready HDMI for me to connect to, I have managed to find out the fact that HDMI was introduced in 2005 and most plasmas that were pre-2005 which mine is were not HDMI ready, but the display is capable of HD resolution also i'm told that the component slots on this display are removable so can I buy a HDMI replacement slot or is this not as cut and dried? so was wondering what was the best way for me to get HD? DO I need a converter? another HD tuner box? or should I be able to do this thru my V+ box? as the only connectors i've really got from the plasma is RGBHV? If anyone could offer some advice it'll be really appreciated.

Joe Fernand

Distinguished Member
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Hello LC Cool T

Its been a while since I had to work with a Series 3 Display but fear not there are plenty of options to enable you to view Digital and Analogue HD Sources on your Display.

An HDMI Input Board is not an option – the first HDMI Boards from Panasonic were useless when it came to supporting 50Hz signals so best to avoid them.

The TU-PTA300B was not a great bit of kit – most folk found it degraded high quality signals so unless you really need its switching abilities it may be best to retire it.

With V+ if you want access to every HD channel on offer you have to use the HDMI Output – as some of the Movie channels are not Output via its HD capable Analogue (3RCA) Component Outputs.

An HDCP 'naughty box' is going to be your best option – these units strip the HDCP encryption out of HDMI signals and Output either a Digital or Analogue HD signal (depending on which Naughty Box you employ).

With a single HDCP stripper on the Output side of an HDMI Switch you can have any number of HDMI equipped Sources playing into your Display.


LC Cool T

Standard Member
Hi Joe,
Thanks fo reply. How do I go about sourcing one of these boxes?
and how much can I expect to pay?
Yes i would like it to output maybe 3 pieces of equipment. My V+ box, PS3 and Mac Mini.

Thanks Ty
(An appreciative member)

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