How to watch the same DVD movie on 2 TVs.

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by Ted D Grimm, Dec 26, 2003.

  1. Ted D Grimm

    Ted D Grimm Auditioning

    Jan 5, 2002
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    I would like to watch the same DVD movie on two TVs and also be able to watch two separate TV stations when I'm not watching a movie. Can this be done and what accesories do I need to make this happen?
  2. Ernest Yee

    Ernest Yee Supporting Actor

    Jun 6, 2003
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    Well - you would definitely need two separate cable boxes/ sat boxes for the separate television stations - and you would probably need a receiver w/ a 2nd room/zone output for individual audio.


    As for the same DVD movie from a single source, maybe using a Y-adapter to split the signal in two - but I'm not sure how the picture would look and how the signal's bandwidth would be affected.
  3. Jim Rakowiecki

    Jim Rakowiecki Stunt Coordinator

    Sep 2, 2003
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    The DVD part is simple enough. You could use an AV distribution amp which will split the signal from the DVD player and compensate for any signal loss.
    Several companies make them. I have one fromm Niles but I saw one at Radio Shack last week with S-Video for about $45.00. You may also want to check
    This would be especially useful if the TV's are in different rooms or if you had a longer cable run.
    There is also a wireless option but I've never used one and am not sure how they work.
    As for the two TV stations, if you have a cable or sattelite box you would need an additional unit as well as running coaxial cable to the second TV. If you have cable you would probably be able to get the analog signal by attaching the coax directly into the back of the TV. This is not possible with a dish you would need another converter and perhaps a new dish. Best to check with your provider on this one.
  4. Jason_A

    Jason_A Stunt Coordinator

    Jun 25, 2001
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    1 RCA to Coax box
    1 input cable/sat coax
    A/B switch
    1 small piece of coax

    the Coax from the box that changes from rca to coax to the A/B switcher. The input signal for cable/Sat into the A/B switcher then the small piece of cable to the tv. Then switch back and forth.

    One way anyhow.
  5. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

    Aug 5, 1999
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    Katy, TX
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    You didn’t give us any details in the system/systems you’re using, Ted. You also didn’t mention if there were any installation challenges involved here. Thus the recommendations we’ve given may not suit your needs.

    Again, no information given. Is this an equipment problem, or an installation problem (i.e., getting a signal to two locations)? Are you using antennas (broadcast), cable TV, satellite?

    I’ll assume you’re using cable boxes or satellite, since it would be no problem getting OTR TV or basic cable on two televisions. If that’s the case Ernest and Jim are right – you’ll need a cable box or satellite receiver for each TV.

    Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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