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Old 02-27-2009, 04:31 PM   #1
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My mother just got hd. Shes got a tv in the living room with the receiver. Another tv in the kitchen with no recviever. I hook up a splitter the cable coming from the dish into the splitter (IN) then the 2 (OUTS) i have one cable going to the tv in the living room (recevier)then the other to the other tv. but when i hook up the one in the kitchen i lose signal to the one in the living room, when i disconnect tv 2 in kitchen the signal comes back. Need help
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Old 02-27-2009, 05:23 PM   #2
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My mother just got hd. Shes got a tv in the living room with the receiver. Another tv in the kitchen with no recviever. I hook up a splitter the cable coming from the dish into the splitter (IN) then the 2 (OUTS) i have one cable going to the tv in the living room (recevier)then the other to the other tv. but when i hook up the one in the kitchen i lose signal to the one in the living room, when i disconnect tv 2 in kitchen the signal comes back. Need help
Every tv needs a receiver, unless you want to watch the same channel on both, you can run cables from the receiver outs to the other TV also. You can't use standard cable splitters with Directv.
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Old 02-27-2009, 06:41 PM   #3
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My mother just got hd. Shes got a tv in the living room with the receiver. Another tv in the kitchen with no recviever. I hook up a splitter the cable coming from the dish into the splitter (IN) then the 2 (OUTS) i have one cable going to the tv in the living room (recevier)then the other to the other tv. but when i hook up the one in the kitchen i lose signal to the one in the living room, when i disconnect tv 2 in kitchen the signal comes back. Need help
Not only do you need 2 receivers, you need a dedicated line in for each.

If you split one line into two then you will have a 13 volt /18 volt argument. I'll explain.

Basically some channels come in over 18v and some over 13v. So if you split the line, as long as you are watching a 13v channel on both tvs you will be fine... If one tv changes the channel to an 18v channel while the other is on a 13v channel.... The 18v receiver will overtake the line and the 13v receiver will say "Searching for Signal 771"

Bottom line splitter son't work in our system. You need a dedicated 2nd line and a dedicated second receiver.
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Old 02-28-2009, 09:45 AM   #4
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What kind of receiver are you using. It should be easy to run cables to two TVs from one receiver as they have several different outputs. You will get the same channel on both TVs.
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Old 02-28-2009, 04:32 PM   #5
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What kind of receiver are you using. It should be easy to run cables to two TVs from one receiver as they have several different outputs. You will get the same channel on both TVs.
Can't the OP use the same box for two tvs if he uses HDMI for one and component for the other? Of course he'll be watching the same channels on both tvs.
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Can't the OP use the same box for two tvs if he uses HDMI for one and component for the other? Of course he'll be watching the same channels on both tvs.
Yes, or composite also. He could watch 3 TV's at once on the same channel.
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Another possiblity - use an RF modulator (for as little as $7) running off of the audio/video outputs. They can be "autosensing" meaning they turn on when a video signal is sensed. You tune the second TV to channel 3 (or 4). You can also combine the signal with an OTA feed and watch D*TV or OTA on the second TV.

Naturally I use the HDMI for the 46"
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