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3 tvs in one room. how to set up remote?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by bhigh8, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. Feb 6, 2013 #1 of 40
    bhigh8

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    I am hanging 3 tvs up in the basement but want to be able to control tvs without an issue. is there a way to do this if the TVs are all the same? i was thinking i could get 2 samsungs and use RF on one and IR on the other and then get a 3rd different TV. is there a way to do it with 3 of the same TVs? they are all in the same direction.

    thanks
     
  2. Feb 6, 2013 #2 of 40
    jimmie57

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    Are these TVs going to have individual receivers or are they all going to run from 1 receiver ?
     
  3. Feb 6, 2013 #3 of 40
    bhigh8

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    3 receivers.
     
  4. Feb 6, 2013 #4 of 40
    Yoda-DBSguy

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    There are 2 ways to individually control each box independantly of one-an-other.

    Either setup one remote at a time to the individual receiver using RF via the menu/settings & help/settings/remote control/program remote/advanced/IR/RF option.

    or

    Use individual IR codes for each remote by going to:
    menu/settings & help/settings/remote control/program remote/advanced/multi-box setup.
     
  5. Feb 6, 2013 #5 of 40
    bhigh8

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    would this work if i had 3 of the exact same tvs? the volume buttons wouldnt mess up and control more than one tv?
     
  6. Feb 6, 2013 #6 of 40
    Yoda-DBSguy

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    NOPE.

    The TV's will all respond from any of the origional TV remotes or any of the DirecTV remotes that are programmed. This isn't a DirecTV issue, but a limitation of the TV manufacturer. I know of no TV manufacturer that has multiple selectable IR code libraries.

    Different brand TVs are the only real way around the issue you just brought up.
     
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  7. Feb 6, 2013 #7 of 40
    bhigh8

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    okay. thanks for the help. i think i will go with 2 of one kind and 1 of the another. and then on the 2, just put one on RF and one on IR.
     
  8. Feb 6, 2013 #8 of 40
    samrs

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    TV's dont do RF.
     
  9. Feb 6, 2013 #9 of 40
    brett_the_bomb

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    is there such a thing as an rf to ir converter? like the old pyramid things? if so could you three of those with differed rf signals converted to ir to the tv?

    its a little vauge i know.

    second thought would be an av system possibly? Im not big into this stuff so im just guessing this could be a possibility.
     
  10. samrs

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    I have three HDDVRS connected to one Sony via HDMI.

    The HDDVR's are set to RF on one Remote.

    The Tv passes Dolby Digital on the Optical Audio Out to an AVR. Changing inputs on the TV changes the vidio/audio to each HDDVR.

    With three TV's you would run HDMI to the TV's and Audio to the AVR and change inputs on the AVR.

    All three TV's could be the same brand. You wouldn't want to use the TV speakers in a "REAL MAN CAVE" anyway.
     
  11. GregLee

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    Or else use AVRs instead of TV audio.
     
  12. Yoda-DBSguy

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    Lets seperater the 2 issues.

    Each satelite receiver can have it's own IR code or be set to an individualizd RF code. That's not the issue.

    The TV's are the issue. If you press power, volume up, volume down, change inputs etc all will change since they are the same remote IR codeset.

    Changing one TV to a different brand will still leave you with an issue with the other 2 TVs responding to a signal sent to either one.

    I know what you want to accomplish (basically a glorified picture in picture setup); however you will be frustrated by the method you have chosen.
     
  13. brett_the_bomb

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    I've got it! Train you children to run up to the tv and change the volume or turn the tvs on off. then the remote thing is no issue at all! (this may require additonal training to keep them quite in the man cave when the big game is on and friends are over.) I imagine candy may be needed for proper training.

    i think avr is the answer though.
     
  14. iceburg02

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    One word: Crestron :)
     
  15. bhigh8

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    if i have two samsung tvs, each on a receiver. i should be able to make one set to RF and the other to IR. i have done this before and they wont interfere with each other for volume or power buttons. but i will need the 3rd tv to be different brand.

    I do this so i can watch nfl ticket and March madness and things of that sort.
     
  16. Beerstalker

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    Not true. You can set one DirecTV receiver to RF, and the other DirecTV receiver to IR, but the Samsung TVs will still both be controlled by IR. When you hit the volume button on either of the DirecTV remotes it will change the volume on both Samsung TVs since the DirecTV remote will be sending out the IR signal to the TVs that both will respond to (same with the power buttons, input buttons, etc).

    The only way to do what you want is to use some kind of control system like someone else mentioned. Either something like Crestron, TVs with RS232 inputs and a system to control them that way. You might be able to do something a little cheaper like a Harmony 900 and using the individual stick on IR emitters to control each TV (assuming the 900's RF base station can send signals to only one emitter at a time like the older one for the 890 and 1000 did). Or a similar setup with a URC remote and one of their base stations like the MRF-260.
     
  17. bhigh8

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    oh wow. i thought i had done this before. thanks for the input, i appreciate it. complicates things a little more but i will get it figured out. i guess i can just get 3 differnt tvs. was going to go with 60 inch in the middle and 37 or 40 on each side. depends on how much room is available. so this will affect the looks unless i look into Creston.
     
  18. carl6

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    One more word: Pricey. But that will do the job.
     
  19. DBSNewbie

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    Yes. Crestron will be way too pricey.

    You can do a URC System for a fraction of the cost.

    If you really want to go cheap, you can still use the same brand TVs. All you need to do is cover up the IR sensors ("eyes") of the TVs with masking tape - you can cut them to shape so that they look a little neater.

    Use 3 D* remotes set to RF to control the 3 different receivers. To control the TVs (if the TVs are spaced far enough away from each other) just "point" the remote directly at the IR sensor of the particular TV you wish to control. The masking tape on the other TVs will block out the commands from the remote. A 60" TV in the middle should provide adequate separation space between the other TVs.

    I used to do this (with great success) to the TVs in my den (6 TV's) until I got the URC system up and running.

    http://www.universalremote.com/
     
  20. Yoda-DBSguy

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    That's for more than 1 satellite receiver, not more than 1 tv of the same brand. Once again, TV manufacturers do NOT use multiple or selectable IR codes.
     

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