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    There are multiple ways to split a DirecTV Satellite signal. The main problem that viewers face is not being able to see a separate channel on each television sharing the signal. If this is not an issue for the setup, then the following options are available for those who wish to continue:

    Method One – Using Optional Receiver Outputs

    If the televisions are not too far apart, the simplest option is to use the available outputs on the receiver to split the connection. Most modern day DirecTV receivers have the following outputs:

    • HDMI – Used with HD Televisions using the HDMI cable interface.
    • Coaxial Cable (Output to TV) -The coaxial cables can be screw on or push on.How to Split a Direct TV Satellite Signal
    • AV Cable – The 3 wire configuration (Red, White, Yellow).
    • Component Cable Output – The 5 wire configuration (Red “Video,” Blue, Green, Red “Audio,” White).
    • SVideo – used with SVideo capable devices.

    A DirecTV receiver can process video through each and every output available on the hardware. The most common setup for optional receiver output is using the HDMI connection for the most immediate television (since HDMI cables come in short lengths), a component cable connection or AV cable connection for the next closest television, and the coaxial cable for the furthest televisions. Any combination can be used as long as the cables’ lengths are adequate for splitting the signal this way.

    Of course the quality of the signal will be different for each output due to the nature of the technology being used and the quality of the signal being routed from the receiver. A large number of households can accommodate the splitting of the signal this way. Viewers should consider drilling holes in inconspicuous locations to shorten cable lengths. This is because long length cables considerably lower the quality of the signal that the television receives.

    Note: Many options use the Red and White audio outputs on the receiver. Using more than one would require an additional splitter for the sound output. The HDMI and coaxial output carry their own sound while the others will more than likely compete with the Red and White outputs unless the receiver comes with multiples that are meant for additional stereo speakers to be connected to.

    Method Two – Using a Coaxial Splitter

    Most DirecTV owners can use a coaxial splitter to split the signal without having to purchase another receiver and adding an additional line to the system. The coaxial splitter can be used in two ways:

    Splitter close to the Receiver– A short coaxial cable is connected to the receiver. This is then connected to the television (within a few feet) closest to the first split line. The second split line must run the length to reach the next television, which can be several yards away.

    Note: The television that is closest will more than likely be the one to control the channels on the receiver that transmits to both televisions.

    Receiver at a mid point – The receiver will be placed at a location where both televisions are more or less an equal distance from each other. The cable splitting the line goes out of the receiver to the location where a split is most effective at a mid distance. The two split lines are then passed through the length that is necessary to reach both televisions.

    Note: Changing the channels for the receiver may require someone being close to the receiver to change it manually or via remote.

    Remember that televisions display the same channel when using a coaxial cable. The television that is furthest away may also have a weaker signal. The fuzzy/snowy artifacts that appear from the signal is usually evidence of this.

    Getting Separate Channels

    It is possible to get separate channels on another television but the process is somewhat different. Firstly, the DirecTV customer needs to have a receiver for each television that he/she wants to extend the service to. Secondly, the customer needs a Multi-Switch that is designed to be used with his/her satellite equipment. Thirdly, the coaxial cable must be long enough to run from the Multi-Switch to each receiver and television.

    Receivers may be purchased online or from electronics retail stores. It is recommended that viewers purchase the exact model that they use for normal access.

    Note: Additional access cards will be required and are available from DirecTV. It is illegal to sell or use unauthorized, “hacked,” or modified cards/receivers that are designed to decrypt satellite signals.

    A Multi-Switch can come in many designs. Using a DirecTV approved option is the best way to get the most compatibility with a single satellite dish. Multi-Switches can have two or more satellite inputs and have four or more outputs to the receivers. Depending on the brand and amount of connections needed to split the DirecTV signal throughout the household, Multi-Switch costs can be higher.

    Note: A single satellite dish may only be able to support two receivers depending on the type of dish it is. If the service is designed for a DVR receiver, additional equipment and lines may be required.

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    1. One_theyall_H8

      6 December, 2018 at 11:28 am

      I have Dish Network & now it won’t check switch. I get 110 but 119 said wrong sat. Every morning I loose my guide & channels. Lost signal. My neighbors don’t have any sat. Dish or wifi. I do. I know they hacked into mine but how. I work all day and no ones home. Need advice

    2. Leslie Castle

      14 May, 2017 at 8:50 am

      Its alot ofoney and the channels suck…50 thousand channels are nothing but infmercial channels…i loved brighthouse cable in bakersfield…living in the mountains now….getting ripped off

    3. Malinda Sipe

      10 February, 2017 at 5:37 am

      I switched from Dish to Directv. I hate it! When on Dish I had seven TVs working, granted they were mirrored but I still had 7. After D-Tv got done with me I had 4 working tvs. They all have separate channels. I can’t figure out how to mirror them so I can have my tvs back. I will be returning to dish when my time is up. My bill is already 40$ more
      than I was paying to dish and I was with them for 13 yrs. Been with dtv 16 mos. Sucks

    4. Robbie Dotson

      19 August, 2015 at 11:44 pm

      I have a direct tv box with 1hdmi out put and a ad out put how do I connect to a second tv with out a box.

    5. Larry

      10 July, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      I have 1 receiver going to 3 TVs. 1 is the HD output to the main TV. Using the AV cables and coax to the other 2 TV. Yes we watch the same channel on all TVs. Been doing this for years…Until last night we could turn off the HD TV and watch either of the other TVs. Now, and I can’t figure this out, the other TVs will not work unless the main HD TV is on???????

      • toejangle

        11 July, 2015 at 6:48 pm

        I have the same problem—did you get an answer ??

        • skh

          12 August, 2015 at 5:08 pm

          Me too! Someone help..Did you notice if you disconnect the HD tv (mine is on HDMI output) from the receiver the other two will work again?

    6. John

      28 March, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      I want to split one line from my dish without using a a-b switch what kind of splitter can I use thanks

      • Rick

        14 November, 2018 at 4:04 pm

        Use the HDMI port from the receiver to a HDMI Matrix switch (4×4) depending on the number of TV’s you want to send to, then run the HDMI cables from the matrix switch to all the TV’s. I ran three TV’s through a matrix switch with CAT6 cabling by using HDMI over CAT6 extender and the picture is great. A 4×4 matrix switch is about 50.00 and the extender from REI is about the same.

    7. Andre Marcouiller

      15 February, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      I need help I have Direct box in living room wanted to split to the kitchen television, how please.

    8. vickimoreau

      12 January, 2015 at 5:52 pm

      I want to move my tv to another room, can i buy a longer coax cord to the pi box (not the swm port)but the pi port keeping the original swm port connected to dish. Is there a cord i can buy that goes to pi port to receiver, that would be in the new room? in other words the new cord would be run through the wall, not to a cable plate connec.t

    9. Sandra Legere

      16 October, 2014 at 9:28 am

      I have an RV with 1 incoming cable line that has a splitter on it. Normally this would hook up to cable at campground and 2 TV sets.

      But I wantl to run a satellite reciever instead of the cable . Ive read you cant run a satellite reciever with a splitter in the line. How do Imfix this?

    10. DJ

      25 November, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      Hello, I have a direct tv dvr that has two cables coming into the unit I would lit to split one of the cables to another direct tv hd receiver. I purchased a direct tv spilter one input and two outputs. Problem is one of the out puts work great the other receiver shows week signal and will not get a signal. Any ideas?

      • WillSpencer

        30 November, 2013 at 7:17 am


        I would return that splitter to the store from where I purchased it.

        How long is the cable between the splitter and the receiver which is showing a weak signal?

    11. Bill

      14 November, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      I have a direct tv box that has two coaxial inputs and one hdmi output . any ideas on how to split ?

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