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How to connected 2nd TV to TiVo box?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by CCinPA, Dec 12, 2017.

  1. SNJpage1

    SNJpage1 Well-Known Member

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    The problem with a splitter is the output will be equal to the lower TV's resolution. If one TV is 1080 and the other is 720 then the splitter will output 720. To get around this you need to put a down converter before the 720 TV. That way the splitter sees 1080 and the down converter will adjust the 1080 to 720 for the lower TV. I have the same desire to hook two TV's to my Bolt.
     
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  2. mdavej

    mdavej Well-Known Member

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    Doesn't matter in the OP's case. His analog RF coax system sends 480i regardless. He only needs the HDMI splitter plus analog converter because his new Tivo lacks composite video outs.

    A single Mini in place of a splitter would be ideal since it DOES have composite out that he could send to the rest of the house. And the rest of the house wouldn't have to watch the same thing the main Tivo is playing. Plus at least one TV could be HD (the one connected directly to the Mini). He could eventually put Minis everywhere if he wanted, and have a complete whole-home HD system with independent viewing at each TV.
     
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  3. CCinPA

    CCinPA New Member

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    TIVO: Big Tivo T6
     
  4. CCinPA

    CCinPA New Member

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    Update: I need TiVo play-back shows to play on all TV's.
    I think this is relevant... I only require the remote TV's to display the same as the main TV with the source being the TiVo.
     
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  5. alexb

    alexb Active Member TCF Club

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    Are the TVs all hdmi Or just coax? Heck what is the scenario here, is this a bar?
    If former move to hdmi splitter from mono price, if you need longer than 25ft consider optical hdmi cables OR hdmi over cat5.
     
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  6. CCinPA

    CCinPA New Member

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    I'm mental... A TV in every room and corner of the house... Yes I'm serious.
     
  7. CCinPA

    CCinPA New Member

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    Just coax... Hub and spoke set-up.
     
  8. CCinPA

    CCinPA New Member

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    Your logic sounds good to me... Know of such a device?
     
  9. alexb

    alexb Active Member TCF Club

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    I am still confused by your scenario. Assuming you reall mean coax and not rca you will need to set your signal type to 480 out on the TiVo (ie you won’t have hdtv on the primary device) then get a hdmi splitter and something like this https://www.amazon.com/Wiistar-1080...1-spons&keywords=hdmi+to+coax+converter&psc=1 which then will fit into your existing physical architecture. You likely will not be able to distribute copy protected channels this way. If you don’t want coax you can get hdmi to rca. If you want to also do hdtv on the main unit you will either need to buy an expensive processor to downgrade the signal or accept that you need to look at upgrading the TVs to cheap hdmi units, good luck.
     
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  10. CCinPA

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    Wait... All this 720p and 1080p stuff... Backing up a bit... What is the reason the TiVo's RCA cable-set at times will not sync? If I could fix this... This would also be a solution. Thoughts?
     
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    alexb Active Member TCF Club

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  12. CCinPA

    CCinPA New Member

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    Real coax? The link you sent (below) is HDMI in... What is the output connector? Something I can interface with my screw-on/middle-wire coax? Don't I still have the 1080p/720p problem?

    Then... I read I can change my Tivo to 720p???

    Wiistar Mini 3G 1080P HDMI to SDI HD Audio Video Converter for Home Theater (Black,US Plug)
     
  13. CCinPA

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    Is this not like the one I posted earlier that did not work? If so... I have a drawer-full of these that folks have suggested and did not work!
     
  14. CCinPA

    CCinPA New Member

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    With all the information that has been posted... Can you tell me why this didn't work for me as it did for you?
     
  15. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

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    It's reasonable. Same thing we have, using an old AVCast SD distribution setup, but we also have a TiVo box at each TV for asynchronous and HD viewing.
     
  16. alexb

    alexb Active Member TCF Club

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    You mentioned one, you never mentioned you had tried different models. You keep dribbling out the pertinent facts. Makes it hard to help. I get you are frustrated, if those random amazon / ebay PoS boxes don’t work for you, you either need to go buy a proper (read expensive, video processor and distributor) or move to another solution. For example on the splitters, I had to search high and low before I found one that stripped HDCP, many claim they do, but don’t. That’s the issue with all those dodgy, direct from China sellers - cheap but function and quality all over the shop!

    Good luck, but I won’t bother helping if all you do is ***** at those trying to help. #ignorethreadisawondefulltool bye!
     
  17. JoeKustra

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    The a/v composite output does not "sync" with the HDMI output. Don't worry about the details.
     
  18. CCinPA

    CCinPA New Member

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    If it seems I'm not sharing everything upfront... It's not on purpose. There is a lot of verbiage I do not understand. Asking questions/clarifications, is an attempt to get better educated.

    I believe I have read suggestion's, if's, and might's.. But not a hard solution? Yes it's possible I missed "the" solution... If so, please re-focus me!
     
  19. SNJpage1

    SNJpage1 Well-Known Member

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    So stripping the HDCP would eliminate the down converting of the resolution leaving the spliter? I could then use the down converter to feed the lower resolution TV.

    I would use this to split: https://www.amazon.com/TNP-HDMI-Spl...12&sr=1-26-spons&keywords=hdmi+splitter&psc=1

    I would use this to down convert the resolution: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TB1DQG...Xr&pd_rd_r=BVNCA7N81FA72W994W5Y&pd_rd_w=H6Xq9
     
  20. CCinPA

    CCinPA New Member

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    Thanks for deciphering all the technical jargon! Then doing the associated homework too! :thumbsup::clapping::up:
     

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