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truetiger98
05-04-05, 11:32 AM
I just got satellite this weekend with a dual tuner. So, I have 2 TV's with separate programing. Can you split off of a dual tuner to other TV's so I can have 3 or 4 TV's hooked up? I know you would have to watch whatever the main TV is tuned to, but I've heard that the tuner can detect the load and that I would need another receiver. Is this true? Just checking, would like to avoid additional receivers if possible. Thanks!

Deftones
05-04-05, 11:41 AM
A bit extreme, but to answer your question, yes you can with the right equipment.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=5424105&type=product&productCategoryId=cat08088&id=1051826211979

truetiger98
05-04-05, 11:48 AM
Do I need that big of a splitter? I'm not trying to hook up additional receivers, just TV's. Could I just use a splitter like this one...

http://www.radioshack.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=CTLG&category%5Fname=CTLG%5F003%5F010%5F001%5F000&product%5Fid=16%2D2568

das Monkey
05-04-05, 11:59 AM
Yes, you'll be fine with that, <b>truetiger</b>.

das

truetiger98
05-04-05, 12:02 PM
can the satellite company track this any way? I have to have my phone line connected to get the $5 fee for the dual tuner waived. Would I need to disconnect the phone line in order to do this? In that case, I guess I could just pay the extra $5 for the additional receiver.

das Monkey
05-04-05, 12:08 PM
I don't see why/how it would be a problem. What company is this and what tuner are you using? As long as you have a coax output, you should be fine, aside from signal-loss.

Personally, I have signals split all over the place. My primary TVs run off of the s-video or component outputs, and then I split the coax output to TVs in other locations and then relay the remote signal around the home.

das

truetiger98
05-04-05, 12:12 PM
i have dishnetwork and the new 625 dual tuner. i'll give it a try. do you have your phone line connected to your receiver?

djbrown
05-04-05, 01:07 PM
i have dishnetwork and the new 625 dual tuner. i'll give it a try. do you have your phone line connected to your receiver?

das is way too smart to have Dish Network ;)

das Monkey
05-04-05, 01:10 PM
truetiger98

i have dishnetwork and the new 625 dual tuner. i'll give it a try. do you have your phone line connected to your receiver?
No, but I have a significantly different setup from yours so it's not relevant.

<b>djbrown</b>, :lol:

das

truetiger98
05-05-05, 08:08 AM
Thanks for the comments. I figured out as long as you split off of the output from the receiver your fine. You just can't split off of the Dish line. So, I just got a couple of satellite splitters from Radio Shack for $12 and split off of the second TV line and into my other two cable lines. So now I can watch two different things on 4 TV's with only one receiver. Thanks again!

mikehunt
05-05-05, 02:00 PM
according to csi miami you can split off your neighbor's dish line and he'll get charged for your pay per view pr0n :wacko: :wtf:

dotheDVDeed
05-06-05, 11:45 AM
Look into RF remote controls so you can change channels on your Sat box from another room.

TIM

her34
05-06-05, 02:05 PM
why can't you just split the coax cable off a satellite feed like you can off a cable tv feed?

mikehunt
05-06-05, 03:38 PM
why can't you just split the coax cable off a satellite feed like you can off a cable tv feed?

technically you can, but you won't be able to watch anything on the second feed without a receiver to tune the channels

Thrush
05-07-05, 02:14 AM
why can't you just split the coax cable off a satellite feed like you can off a cable tv feed?

You cant split the feed off of the satellite. You need a multi-switch. To put it simply. If you split the signal coming from the satellite, the receivers will fight each other over which transponders to use. The result will be that you will only see half the channels or none at all.

slcsnkman
05-20-05, 03:08 PM
If you split from the receiver as stated earlier. Instead of the second cable going to another tv can I send it to Tivo to record one show and watch another?

bralph
05-20-05, 03:36 PM
If you split from the receiver as stated earlier. Instead of the second cable going to another tv can I send it to Tivo to record one show and watch another?

No. Both the TV and the Tivo would be getting the same feed.