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Use of multiple receivers, one tv

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by terrapin, Sep 1, 2006.

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  1. Sep 1, 2006 #1 of 10
    terrapin

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    Just installed the HR20, kept my R10 just in case. I'm wondering how I can use them both on the same tv.

    There must be HD switches out there.

    Any advice from you experienced folks is much appreciated.
     
  2. Sep 1, 2006 #2 of 10
    JLucPicard

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    Does your TV have multiple inputs? I have a 60" Sony Wega with all of the equipment listed in my sig (as well as a regular DVD player) connected to it (except for the two Philips DVRs which are in my bedroom). The two regular Series 2 TiVo's are connected via a single coax through a separate switch, otherwise I just switch input sources using my TV remote to watch whichever one I want.
     
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    bobnielsen

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    Bainbridge...
    HR20 -> HDMI or component
    R10 -> A/V (RCA-type) connectors

    Use your TV's input selection button on the remote.

    I'm using my HDVR2 along with my H20 until I upgrade to a HR-20.
     
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    Sounds fine
    Sorry, but that's just plain wrong. S-video is the best way to go for a non-HD 480i input. Composite video should only be used as a last resort (make that next to last; RF input is definitely the last resort).
     
  5. Sep 1, 2006 #5 of 10
    terrapin

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    Thanks. The tv is a Panny 42 px500U, plenty capable.

    JLuc, that's the way I want to go. I run straight from dvr >tv already. I use my avr selectively for sound.

    The question for me is getting an unaffected sat signal to both dvr's. What's the best way to do that?
     
  6. Sep 1, 2006 #6 of 10
    bobnielsen

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    Bainbridge...
    Two separate cables (either from the dish or a multiswitch) go to each DVR.
     
  7. Sep 2, 2006 #7 of 10
    terrapin

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    I'm guessing that the new dish is capable of more than two lines out; did I blow it by not having the installer run two more cables down?

    The installer thought splitting things would affect the hd signal. Sounds like it would be better to have four rather than two (split) cables out of the dish.

    Would you guys recommend a higher end switch to maintain hd signals (should I spring for an hdmi switch) or is a simple multiswitch enough?
     
  8. Sep 2, 2006 #8 of 10
    JLucPicard

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    If you connect to three or fewer inputs, you need as many cables run from the dish as you need inputs (i.e if you are only using two inputs, you only need two cables run from the dish).

    If you are connecting to four or more inputs, you need all four cables run from the dish. You cannot use two cables from the dish to feed more than two inputs and a multi-switch will not help that. For a multi-switch to work (and if you have the 5LNB dish, you will need to be using a Zinwell WB68 switch), you need to connect all four cables from the dish to the switch. Anything less than four will cause you problems in not picking up all the signals.
     
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    JLucPicard

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    Did you leave the R10 connected when they installed your HR20? If you left it active, the installer should have run the four cables - maybe not a switch, but should have run the four cables. If that's the case, they should do the additional two runs for free.

    If you deactivated the R10 (replaced the R10 with the HR20), then two cables was sufficient for your set up. If that is the case, you could call D* and see if they will do the additional two cable runs since the install just took place. They may or may not do it for free, though, if the end result of the HR20 work order was still just one DVR active.
     
  10. terrapin

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    Tha is exactly the info I need. Many thanks, JLuc. May the Federation prosper.
     
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