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How many Tv's can one dish run

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by LRD3335, May 13, 2009.

  1. LRD3335

    LRD3335 New Member

    May 13, 2009
    HI -

    I know this may be a silly question, but I keep getting different answers. I have a house that will have 12 TV's thus 12 Satellite boxes - either HD or HD DVR. I have had one person tell me that one dish can run all of the TV's and another tell me that one dish can only run up to 8 TV's. So my Question is:

    How many TV's and one Direct TV Dish run?

    Thank you for your help.

  2. doctor j

    doctor j Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 14, 2006
    Birmingham, Al.
    Quick answer is "virtually unlimited"
    MDU's with correct equipment can run thousands.

    Confusion comes because a lot of residential installs now use a SWM-LNB.
    There is a maximum tuner usage of 8 with that specific setup.

    You would need a regular LNB with a WB616 multiswitch which would allow 16 tuners. If you outgrew that cascading WB68's or using splitters with parallel wb68,wb616 or SWM-8 units are options.

    Doctor j
  3. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

    Jan 21, 2003
    Yep, with the right equipment in terms of multiswitches and such you can run as many as you want.

    What the person that told you 8 may be thinking about is that once you get to 8-9 boxes or so DirecTV may audit you to ensure you're not actually running a bar or something. Probably rare but it does happen.

    But technically no, there is no limit.
  4. jdspencer

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    Having 12 boxes active will be quite expensive, 11 x $5 mirroring fee = $55 more per month. You may want to think about which TVs could share a receiver. The shared receiver(s) can be controlled using IR repeaters or via RF.
  5. Mertzen

    Mertzen Hall Of Fame

    Dec 8, 2006
    Tech buddy of mine has been in a mansion with 26 IRDs. With MFH2 and MFH3 there are almost no limits.
  6. MrShowtime

    MrShowtime Legend

    Apr 8, 2009
    I've seen quite a few 10-15 box ones, another tech i worked with installed some big bar with 20-25 HD recievers (I cant remember for sure. He used KaKu5 and the power passing splitter technique into 2x 6x16s.. not sure exactly what you guys call it here but you know what I mean.
  7. GirkMonster

    GirkMonster Godfather

    Mar 19, 2007
    I have 10 tvs and only 3 receivers. I use 3 Harmony 880s and an IR distribution system and an A/V distribution system. It's a bit trickier to distribute in HD, though (and more expensive). However, my HR20 drives a local tv in HD via HDMI and my bedroom tv two floors up and over a bit using component via mini RG59 x5. I am also using the composite and s-video outputs on that unit to backfeed SD into my distribution grid so it is accessible to all tvs in the house and for PIP at the local tv. I did run out of cables to that location and had to get a little 'tricky' with the IR emitter and used an unused wire pair on the CAT5 telephone cable to splice into to feed the emitter back into the main system elsewhere. If I died tomorrow, nobody would figure out how this rube goldberg contraption was put together!

    I am in the process of a major infrastructure overhaul and will be replacing my two beloved DirecTivos with HR2x units and an H2x. The H2x will drive a new HD tv in one room only and still serve video from the others via the distribution amp. (SD mono) I have two other HDTVs that will finally come online in HD with the upgrade, after some shopping at monoprice and wall fishing.

    I have tried to keep my equipment located remotely in the basement to reduce clutter, keep it cool, and prevent theft (burglery at my old house...old habits).

    I use ChannelPlus equipment, but I think they changed their name. You can find baluns now to distribute HD video over a single CAT5, makes new wire runs easier and cheaper than HDMI in some cases. Pull two cables, one for audio and one for video and you're done. Use the outputs on your receivers creatively, that's what they're there for...go RF with your remotes to reduce equipment costs and really think about how many different channels your family NEEDS to watch simultaneously, then reduce the number of boxes accordingly and wire them to tvs that are nearby...pair 'em up, triple 'em up, better yet NETWORK THEM (if you know what I mean).

    I almost forgot to mention that my OTA is fed into my HR20 and back into the grid for those times when I get a little rain fade...
  8. dave29

    dave29 New Member

    Feb 18, 2007
    I have 12 receivers here, 2 swm8's and 2 wb68's all ran in parallel.
  9. jdspencer

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    I don't mean to bump this thread, but I'm curious as to what's keeping the OP away?
    And what was done?

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