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Directv connection issue

iusteve
12-14-2010, 07:19 PM
Hi I am new to this forum and found it via google search. I was studying this thread www DOT highdefforum DOT com/directv-...nal-5-tvs DOT html

I saw some comments in there and knew I needed some help. I have a 2 receiver HD Directv setup currently. I want to basically each receivers signal to power a 2nd tv (for each receiver) for a total of 4. I want to run 2 TV's off each HD receiver. I currently have each receiver connected to its tv via hdmi. I would love to keep all 4 connected via hdmi if at all possible. I am totally clueless how to do this and like I said I saw the above thread and it was similar to my setup but not nearly as complex. Any thoughts?

Sincerely,

Steve

DoctorCAD
12-14-2010, 07:41 PM
A HDMI splitter would work, but both TV's will show the same programming, if that's what you want.

iusteve
12-14-2010, 08:28 PM
A HDMI splitter would work, but both TV's will show the same programming, if that's what you want.

I dont mind if the two "slave" tv's will each show the same program the each "master" tv is showing. Do you have a link to these and also I assume it is split on the hdmi line coming out of the directv receiver or am I wrong?

iusteve
12-14-2010, 08:37 PM
Also I dont have to use hdmi on all 4 tv's now but prefer to at least keep it on the two main tv's which the directv boxes belong. I could connect via something else to the two slave tv's if that is an option but again not sure how to do this

Stew4HD
12-14-2010, 09:18 PM
Here is a link to a great source for HDMI splitters: www.monoprice.com.coollinkfromme.stew.lol (http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=101&cp_id=10110)
Great company, great price and customer service.

rbinck
12-14-2010, 09:25 PM
You could use a HDMI splitter like one of these:
http://www.monoprice.com/products/search.asp?keyword=hdmi+splitter&x=19&y=13

But if it were me I'd opt for a matrix switch. That's what I use so I can switch up to 4 devices to either TV. Comes with a remote:
http://www.monoprice.com/products/search.asp?keyword=hdmi+matrix+switch
I use the first one for a couple of HTPCs and a media player that can go to two of my TVs.

iusteve
12-15-2010, 04:15 AM
Thanks for the links. My question with these is.....Will these allow me to watch my directv receiver on one or the other tv that it is hooked too or do I need to have both on? My setup is a projector in one room of the basement and a flat panel dispaly on the other side of the basement in the bar area.

Stew4HD
12-15-2010, 06:05 AM
It will send the same video signal to both displays, whether they are on or not. You won't have to have both displays on.

iusteve
12-15-2010, 11:41 AM
It will send the same video signal to both displays, whether they are on or not. You won't have to have both displays on.

Awesome that seems to be just what I need. Now what are the differences with the one you linked and the two that the gentleman below you linked?

iusteve
12-16-2010, 01:17 PM
Bueller.................Bueller..........:)

Stew4HD
12-16-2010, 09:30 PM
Awesome that seems to be just what I need. Now what are the differences with the one you linked and the two that the gentleman below you linked?

what rbinck linked was a the same as me on the first link and a matrix switch for his second link, which is pretty cool if you have more than one HDMI source that you want to split to several devices. It a multiplexer. Since you only have one source, the 1x2 powered switch should work well for you.

iusteve
12-17-2010, 04:32 AM
what rbinck linked was a the same as me on the first link and a matrix switch for his second link, which is pretty cool if you have more than one HDMI source that you want to split to several devices. It a multiplexer. Since you only have one source, the 1x2 powered switch should work well for you.

Well my setup will consist of a middle atlantic rack with a directv hd box, a blu ray player, an xbox 360s all connected to a denon avr via hdmi and then hdmi to a projector. The main concern is getting directv to the other room, the other things would be a bonus if possible. Does that help you help me with which one I want?

Stew4HD
12-17-2010, 11:38 PM
Well my setup will consist of a middle atlantic rack with a directv hd box, a blu ray player, an xbox 360s all connected to a denon avr via hdmi and then hdmi to a projector. The main concern is getting directv to the other room, the other things would be a bonus if possible. Does that help you help me with which one I want?

Let's get this narrowed down to what you want. You said your main concern is to get directv to the other room. Do you mean you want to get the OUTPUT of the directv box to the other room where you will have the very same signal on both TVs?

Or, do you mean you want to split the INPUT (coax) before it goes to the directv box?

Or.. do you want the signal that goes to the TV split after the AVR? In this case, the tv in the other room will display whatever the first tv is displaying. I have seen set ups like this.

I think you'd want to split just the output of the directv box so that you could play Xbox in the forst room and watch Directv in the second room.

iusteve
12-18-2010, 09:03 AM
Well my first priority is to be able to watch directv on either tv (obviously the same program)from one directv receiver. After that if it is possible to play the xbox on either or both tv's at the same time that would be a bonus. I dont need my bluray player for example to play on both sources, just the main one. Hope this answers your questions. I dont necessarily want to be able for example to play xbox on one and have the directv playing on the other at the same time

rbinck
12-18-2010, 12:09 PM
Well my first priority is to be able to watch directv on either tv (obviously the same program)from one directv receiver. After that if it is possible to play the xbox on either or both tv's at the same time that would be a bonus. I dont need my bluray player for example to play on both sources, just the main one. Hope this answers your questions. I dont necessarily want to be able for example to play xbox on one and have the directv playing on the other at the same time
The most cost effictive method to do what you wish to do would be to use one of the matrix switches I suggested: http://www.monoprice.com/products/se...+matrix+switch (http://www.monoprice.com/products/search.asp?keyword=hdmi+matrix+switch). That would allow you to hook up the satellite receiver and the x-box to 2 of the inputs and connect the 2 TVs to the outputs. Either TV could select either the satellite or the x-box via the remote control or buttons on the front of the switch. You could also run the Blu-ray player through the switch also.

Since you wish to be able to send both the satellite and the x-box to both TVs, the matrix switch will do both. Otherwise you would need a switch like the one Stew suggested (www.monoprice.com.coollinkfromme.stew.lol (http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=101&cp_id=10110)) to select between the two (or 3) devices plus a splitter like the one I suggested (http://www.monoprice.com/products/se...tter&x=19&y=13 (http://www.monoprice.com/products/search.asp?keyword=hdmi+splitter&x=19&y=13)) to drive the signal for 2 TVs. The matrix switch combines both functions into a single box with the additional function of being able to independently select the source for each TV.

Here is how the matrix switch cables:
http://www.highdefinitionblog.com/images/Wiring/MxSwitch.jpg
I use the first one in the list (4X2 True MATRIX HDMI 1.3a Powered SWITCH w/ Remote Controller (Rev. 3.0) (http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=101&cp_id=10110&cs_id=1011002&p_id=5312&seq=1&format=2) $56.62) but the high speed version (4x2 True MATRIX High Speed HDMI Powered SWITCH w/ Remote Controller (HDMI x.v. Color) (http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=101&cp_id=10110&cs_id=1011002&p_id=6415&seq=1&format=2) $74.50) would be more future proof.

iusteve
12-18-2010, 01:52 PM
Thanks for the response and the diagram. What happens if I throw in an AVR in this equation? I have an AVR in the theater with the projector for surround sound and right now my devices all run through it via hdmi. I want to continue to run all these devices in that room via hdmi through the receiver but dont need the surround sound for the other tv (in the other room)