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Joey "required"?

Discussion in 'Hopper System Support Forum' started by LindaT, Dec 1, 2013.

  1. Dec 1, 2013 #1 of 13
    LindaT

    LindaT Cool Member

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    I have two hoppers and three joeys - which cost alt monthly. I'm wondering if I could get away with returning two of the joeys as I don't really use them, but would like to have tv reception in those rooms when we do use them.

    Can I send back the joeys and just have the tvs connected via cable? I understand that I will not be able to view any dvr programming in those rooms, but don't need to. A $14 a month savings would be great!
     
  2. Dec 1, 2013 #2 of 13
    RBA

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    Do you have a Joey or Hopper with a cable output or are you asking about a cable company?
     
  3. Dec 1, 2013 #3 of 13
    LindaT

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    No cable to wall outlet for satellite connection.
     
  4. Dec 2, 2013 #4 of 13
    RBA

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  5. Dec 2, 2013 #5 of 13
    P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    a) you could send back all Js if you wish so
    2) no you can't replace them - they are CLIENTs of Hopper
    c) you could run to each three rooms HDMI cables from H's location and buy HDMI splitter 1:3, but it will force to see same program on all devices: H and Js
     
  6. Dec 2, 2013 #6 of 13
    harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    No Joey, no TV. DISH doesn't deliver content other than through one of their boxes.

    You can try distributing the video and audio output of the Hopper (or the remaining Joey), but that can get expensive if we're talking HD.

    What we MUST know to help you:

    1. How many different viewings might happen simultaneously?
    2. Will Over The Air (OTA) be part of the equation?
    3. Are the "optional" TVs HD or SD?
     
  7. Dec 2, 2013 #7 of 13
    LindaT

    LindaT Cool Member

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    Thanks to everyone for helping with my question.

    Here is some additional info:

    All the tv's are HD. One is in a guest bedroom, the other a work out room.

    Neither will be watched simultaneously.

    OTA antenna not installed in either room.
     
  8. Dec 3, 2013 #8 of 13
    sregener

    sregener Godfather

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    You might find a laptop running DishAnywhere connected to those TVs when they're being used to be a better option than paying for a Joey. I wouldn't want to do a lot of channel surfing or recorded program watching (hard to skip commercials) with one, but if all you need is some basic programming, that would be relatively easy to do.

    You'd need a Dish Sling Adapter if you have a Hopper 1. One-time $50 cost.

    Alternatively, you could get one of the wireless HDMI solutions out there, but they typically run $150 or more, and are single point-to-point systems.
     
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  9. Dec 3, 2013 #9 of 13
    LindaT

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    Excellent - thanks!
     
  10. jmsteffen

    jmsteffen Mentor

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    My Joey's are all connected to the Hopper via my existing home coax. With the 622 that I used to have, I was able to connect additional tv's in other rooms and pick up a signal (albeit on the same channel). I haven't been able to accomplish this with the hopper/joey's. Similar question as above. Any additional solutions?
     
  11. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    A third party RF modulator off of the composite output of the Hopper may be a good start.
     
  12. RBA

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    The Hopper doesn't have the built in modulator that the 622/722/222 had so you need the Joey or buy and wire in an external modulator. With a modulator you will lose HD pictures on connected TVs.
     
  13. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    It isn't a matter of losing something. Modulated HD was never offered in the ViP series.

    Going from Joeys to no Joeys has its consequences to be sure, but I think the TS understands that.
     

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