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I have my big screen facing away from my kitchen, I'm cheap and don't want to pay for another receiver from Direct TV, I want to put a smaller TV in the kitchen with the same signal. Can I just split the HDMI signal? Or how would I go about doing this? I am terrible with electronics, any help would be greatly appreciated.
If your box has both HDMI and component output you could try hooking up each to a different TV. That works with my Comcrap box. Otherwise you are shit out of luck.
Doing a little research, it made it sound like I needed the following to make this happen.
Just curious if anyone else had any luck doing this before?
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I don't think that is what you want. You want a splitter, and what you linked is for inputting 3 HDMI devices into 1 tv (useful if you have a tv that only has 1 HDMI input). You are going to want something like what I linked. You can connect this to your DirectTV converter, and then run HDMI cables from it to each tv.
or as mentioned you can run HDMI and component cables.
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This post was edited by scott91575 19 months ago
Buy a splitter.
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Completely read the one I posted backwards, I was thinking it was 1 in 3 out. Thanks for the link, hopefully I got what I need now.
No dude, that device is made for people that only have 1 HDMI port on their TV and want to plug in multiple sources to that 1 input.
There are a couple of HDMI splitters on the market (I linked one below) but most/all service providers encrypt their digital signals with HDCP (high definition copy protocol) and they won't work if they are run through non-HDCP devices.
Just sack up and pay the extra $5 / month for another box.
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Don't do it.
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This.....and it should be no different than what one does with a cable t.v. coax system...just split it...but in your case, you need an HDMI splitter.
I'm doing the component to one tv and hdmi to the other and it works just fine and keeps $84 a year in my pocket instead of dish network's.
Splitting the HDMI signal will depend on the size of the cable run. If the run is too long, you will need a powered splitter as a non-powered splitter over a long cable will cause either a distorted picture or no audio.
You can split the HDMI as long as you don't mind both TV's being controlled by the same box (which it sounds like you are doing with the component connection).
Sports bars do this all the time and will sometimes have 3-4 TVs running off of one cable/sat box.
Done that. Tried a splitter. Doesn't work IF sets are different resolutions, i.e. 720i and 1080i. ( 1-into-2 HDMIsplitter at cable box to 2 TVs).
TVs report back to source the resolution. If you're working the scenario above, the 1080 set will have to be "dumbed down" to 720i
Just go to your local Radio Shack store. They should know what you need.
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