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Old 08-29-2010, 03:34 PM   #1
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I have a Verizon Fios HD DVR set top box. It is currently connected to my TV via an HDMI cable. I recently purchased a 2nd TV for the bedroom and want to watch TV without having to lease another box. I don't mind that I wont be able to change channels etc. What is the best / cheapest way to get the signal from the box to the second TV which is 40ft away. Can I get a plug that will connect the box to coax or something like that.
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Old 08-29-2010, 06:00 PM   #2
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You have a couple options. Realize that if you run coax from the DVR to your second TV, you won't get your picture in HD. Only HDMI and Component will give you an HD picture. You can get an HDMI splitter, and run a separte HDMI cable to your other TV, but that's not exactly the cheapest option.

There are units that allow you to feed signals wirelessly to your second TV. Basic units aren't that expensive, and they have the added advantage of having an IR repeater, allowing you to change channels from your other TV. But again, they're SD only (I don't know if there are any HD units currently out there, but if there are, they won't be cheap).

Next, there's the sling box option. You can get a sling box that you put on your main TV, followed by a sling catcher on your other TV...and you would have access to your programming, but again, the cost may be more than you're willing to pay.

If you want to go cheap, and you don't care about getting HD feeds on that second TV (any HD feeds would be downconverted to SD), then probably the cheapest option is to run coax from the back of the DVR to the other TV. If that's not feasible, then one of those wireless units are something to consider.

Finally, if you do run coax from the DVR to the second TV, you can pick up an RF remote pretty cheap that will allow you to change channels if you wish.
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Thanks for this quick response. I don't have a coax type output option on the DVR box just s-video, SPDIF, or A/V component. Can I connect the coax to one of these output options?
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What is the best / cheapest way to get the signal from the box to the second TV which is 40ft away. Can I get a plug that will connect the box to coax or something like that.
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The best / cheapest, I think, would be to get a HDMI Extender for $35 and a couple 100 foot rolls of Cat6 cable for around $22....you might need a HDMI Splitter also, not sure about your Fios Box.





The most convenient would be the Brite-View BV 2500 Wireless HD transmitter.

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Ah, never considered running the HD feed out via cat6 like that. Great idea. To the OP, you have one of the older boxes, which doesn't have a coax output (I have the same with my DVR). Which means that yes, you can use one of the other outputs. You could run an output from, say, the RCA A/V outputs, run them through an RF modulator, and then run coax from the output of the RF modulator to your other TV. That's probably the cheapest option, but again you wouldn't have HD on that second TV.

Although I have to say, I really like the idea of the HDMI extender that Nevada put out there. You'll have to run the cat6 cable - not sure how much of an issue that is with your particular set up. But you will get HD on that second TV.

To Nevada, the boxes that FiOS supports only has one HDMI output, so he would need a splitter if he went with HDMI output. There's also the option of using the component output instead. I don't know if they sell an equivalent component extender.

BTW, I really like that HD transmitter. Looks like prices have come down on those units.
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.....not the best by far...........but if you can get a "cheap" component cable with audio, both component & HDMI are active at the same time.
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Yes HD via component to 1 TV, HDMI to the other, simple.
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What the dude said about a powered hdmi splitter works.

When I remodeled the master bath and put the jacuzzi in I added a tv, but too cheap for a box. It runs off the one in the master bedroom.

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25ft hdmi cable, the fios box wont push the signal that far. So a powered hdmi splitter.
IR repeater.
That way the remote tv can use the remote.

It does work.
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I have a Verizon Fios HD DVR set top box. It is currently connected to my TV via an HDMI cable. I recently purchased a 2nd TV for the bedroom and want to watch TV without having to lease another box. I don't mind that I wont be able to change channels etc. What is the best / cheapest way to get the signal from the box to the second TV which is 40ft away. Can I get a plug that will connect the box to coax or something like that.
Hi I am looking for the same solution. What I did though, I bought a IR remote extender from Amazon for $37. This helps me to control the STB remotely from other room.

Then I took the RF output from the STB and feed back into the coax cable using a Y splitter so I can get the RF output signal from any outlet in my room.

The problem is, I am not getting the RF signal output from the other outlet. (Outlet is working so no bad cable).

Any help is appreciated.
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I don't know if this has been brought up before, or how many times, but it seemed relevant to the Thread of Connecting a DVR to 2 TVs.

I am also trying to avoid "renting" another Receiver and/or DVR. We have a newer High Def TV in our main room with the DVR Receiver. Another older TV in our bedroom with a Box. We want to add another New HD TV to our daughters' room for Christmas.

Is it possible or not to connect the new TV (or any other TV for that matter) for HiDef without getting another box/dvr, etc...? I read elsewhere of a "distribution amplifier for HDMI". An electrician at work said unless the signal is "split" before entering the DVR, it probably wouldn't work. (if this does work, wouldn't the signal have to be converted back to HD again?)

Any thoughts/comments/advice will be greatly appreciated.


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I have the same situation in a downstairs family room and an adjacent office. I have the tv and box in the family room and another tv in the office. I ran a 30 ft hdmi cable out of a splitter to the office tv. I wanted to be able to change channels from the office so I got a Next Generation Remote Extender, which runs off of radio signals so it has a range of about 100 ft. I got the remote extender on amazon for about 45 bucks and the hdmi stuff on monoprice.
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