How to Split a Signal on Direct TV

by Greyson FergusonUpdated September 28, 2017
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Items you will need

  • DIRECTV satellite receiver

  • Channel splitter

  • Coaxial cables

DIRECTV is a leading satellite television provider in the United States. Typically, if you want to watch programming on more than one television, you need to have a separate receiver connected to the additional television set. There is a way, though, to split the signal so two televisions can receive the satellite signal. The only downside to this is that both TVs must be tuned to the same station. This is due to the satellite receiver box only having one tuner.


Remove the coaxial cable connecting your television to the satellite receiver. Only disconnect it from the satellite receiver side because you need to connect it back later.


Connect a channel splitter to the "out" port of the DIRECTV satellite splitter (where the coaxial cable is connected). The splitter is a small rectangular device with one input on one side leading to two outputs on the other side.


Reattach the coaxial cable from the television to one of the available connectors on the channel splitter.


Connect a different coaxial cable to the other available connector on the channel splitter. Plug the other end into the "in" port on your secondary television.


Power on the DIRECTV satellite dish receiver and the two televisions. The televisions display whatever station the receiver is on.


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  • Robinson Cartagena Lopez/Demand Media

About the Author

Greyson Ferguson is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in film and television. He currently resides in Lansing, Michigan where he works on independent film projects and writes for numerous publications. Ferguson primarily focuses on computer and electronic articles. Greyson produces, focusing on only upbeat news stories with daily updates.

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