Yesterday we talked about how having only one satellite receiver in your home can make you feel a bit limited. In part 1 we showed you how to do it with a coaxial splitter, today we look at a different method.
Splitting with Optional Receiver Outputs
For televisions that are closer to one another, you may be able to use the outputs on the set-top box receiver to split your connection. The satellite signal will transmit through any output available on the receiver, including HDMI, coaxial cable, AV cable, and component cable output. Picture quality may be affected depending on the output that is used. The recommended setup for optimal viewing is detailed below.
- Connect the main television to the HDMI output. Use a quality HDMI cable between the receiver’s “Out” port and your TV’s “In” port, as it will ensure the best output for HD televisions and will give you the strongest, sharpest picture.
- Use the AV output or component cable connection for the next closest TV. Plan the shortest route between the second TV and the receiver — the shorter the length of cable you can use, the better quality picture you’ll get.
- Connect any additional TVs via the coaxial cable outlet. Use coaxial cable for TVs further from the receiver. Keep in mind, however, that the picture quality may be diminished if a very long cable is required.
Once all the televisions are connected, you will be able to access your satellite TV channels on any of them. Again, the secondary televisions will display the same programs and channels as the main television, and the display will be controlled with the remote for the primary TV.
Now that you know how to get the most from satellite TV subscription, it’s time to get out the toolbox and get to work. You’re just a few short steps away from enjoying seamless TV viewing throughout your entire home.