How to Display HD on Two TVs With a Dish Receiver

By Greyson Ferguson

Satellite dishes need to be positioned correctly.
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If you want to watch the high definition programming from your HD satellite on two televisions, but don't have a second receiver, you need to split the HD signal. Although this allows you to watch the television content on two different TVs, the programming is going to be exactly the same. This is because the satellite receiver only has one TV tuner. However, if you run a sports bar and display multiple televisions with the same content, this procedure may actually save you money over renting a second satellite receiver.

Step 1

Plug one of the HDMI cables into the HDMI port on the back of the HD satellite receiver. An HDMI cable sends both the HD audio and video signals in a single cable. Although you could use component cables and a component cable splitter, you would up using a total of 15 cables instead of the three cables required for HDMI.

Step 2

Connect the other end of the HDMI cable into the "In" port on the HDMI splitter.

Step 3

Plug the two remaining HDMI cables into the HDMI "Out" ports on the other side of the HDMI splitter.

Step 4

Run the HDMI cables from the splitter to the HD televisions (one cable to each television) and plug them into an available HDMI port on the TV set. Power on the HD dish receiver, the two HD televisions and the HDMI splitter (if it is powered) and set the HD televisions to the appropriate HDMI input setting. You can now watch the same HD content on both televisions through the satellite dish receiver.