Adding Direct TV in another room

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by berf2, Jan 16, 2020.

  1. Tritron

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  2. Tritron

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    The work around could be firestick with an directtv app side loaded
     
  3. jal

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    Or, an Apple TV with many apps available where you can sign in with your Directv account. I actually use two of them wirelessly in rooms where I only watch a few news channels (e.g. the kitchen and my home office). No monthly "extra box fees" and no contract extensions. Works well.
     
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  4. slice1900

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    Most likely that does not support HDCP. There's nothing in the writeup about it, and AFAIK there aren't any SDI converters that do - SDI is designed for production use not home users so it is always working with unencrypted video.
     
  5. berf2

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    Can you explain a little more about this?
     
  6. trh

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    I don't know about using the DIRECTV App on a streaming device (Roku, Fire stick, Apple TV, etc), but we have a TV that we'll use on our patio using a Fire Stick. Most, if not all, of your national channels have streaming apps you install on your device. When you open the app for the first time, you'll be asked to authenticate that you are a subscriber to that channel via your DIRECTV account. We have the ESPN channels, NBC channels (USA, NBCSN, MSNBC), CNN, TNT, USA, A&E, HGTV, SciFi and a whole bunch more that we can watch via our streaming device. Local channels we get by hooking up a flat HD OTA antenna. Plus Netflix, Prime, Hulu, Disney +, NHL.TV and MLB.TV.

    So pretty much we can watch everything w/o a DIRECTV connection to that TV. Of course if you cancel DIRECTV, the channels will lose their authentication and you won't be able to watch them.

    I'll also add my spouse love watching HGTV via their app. Not only can you watch 'live' HGTV (about 1.5 minute delay from what is on DIRECTV), but quite a few shows have a library of older shows that you can watch. Just like recording them.

    One negative: Most (if not all) of those channels won't allow you to use FF.
     
  7. berf2

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    Ok, I purchased an HDMI to Ethernet adapters and I have tested the cable length and it seems to work real well. I just have to figure out how to run the cable now. I may get some flat CAT5 cable and just run it on the exterior of the wall.

    So the next question is, can I buy an extra RF remote control and have two remotes programmed to the same Direct TV receiver so I can use the second remote in the bedroom, or can one receiver only be paired with one remote?
     
  8. carl6

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    As to the remotes, yes. No problem with that.
     
  9. berf2

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    Just want to close the loop on this thread.

    I purchased an HDMI to CAT6 (OREI) extender for $39, 60 feet of CAT 7 flat cable (white) for $17, and two more remotes for $6 all from Amazon. I was able to route the flat CAT 7 cable behind the baseboard so I didn't have to go into the walls. This saved a lot of time and work, and the cable is so thin it fits right in and matches the color of my walls. I then routed it up the wall and along the ceiling and into the bedroom. Total cost was $62 and it took less than an hour to install. It works great, and picture quality is excellent too.

    An additional Genie mini receiver would have cost $99, another $49 for installation, plus $7 more per month (times 24 months = $168), and would have extended my contract by nearly 2 years. I'm glad I chose to go this route instead.
     
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  10. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

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    Thanks for the feedback, glad everything is giving you what you want.
     
  11. eletric chicken

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    i am happy it's working out for you. i can't swallow 100.00 for a mini that one don't own!!!!
     

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