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Old February 6th, 2010, 07:02 PM   #1
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Can i split an antenna to connect to 2 tv's? For example, can I take a high def antenna, and run from that to a splitter and then out to 2 tv sets, or do I need 2 antennas?
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Old February 6th, 2010, 07:04 PM   #2
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I've never heard of anybody doing this before. Maybe if you wanted to watch the same thing on both TVs that would be possible.
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Old February 6th, 2010, 07:06 PM   #3
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Can i split an antenna to connect to 2 tv's? For example, can I take a high def antenna, and run from that to a splitter and then out to 2 tv sets, or do I need 2 antennas?
I don't see why not just as long there is enough signal integrity to reach both TV's
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Old February 6th, 2010, 07:15 PM   #4
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I've never heard of anybody doing this before. Maybe if you wanted to watch the same thing on both TVs that would be possible.
I don't think that is what he's saying. He's not using something like a cable box with a fixed output. He's talking about just a basic antenna. Being the new system works on a digital signal, its all about signal integrity. Splitting the signal will degrade it so if you degrade it too much it won't work.

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I don't see why not just as long there is enough signal integrity to reach both TV's
I thought the signal was directional, hence my comment of the same channel on both TVs.
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Old February 6th, 2010, 07:19 PM   #6
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I thought the signal was directional, hence my comment of the same channel on both TVs.
It is from the antenna to the TVs, but its not linear. You can branch the signal.
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Old February 6th, 2010, 07:23 PM   #7
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Can be done, but if you are talking about an outdoor antenna with a rotator you may have problems.
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Old February 6th, 2010, 07:36 PM   #8
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No, i'll add some background.

Its nothing more than a $30 high def antenna, however I'd like to add a small 19" LCD behind the bar, but don't want an antenna sticking out behind it, but since there is already RG6 to that area, I thought I might be able to just use a splitter and connect the RG6 to the TV until I get cable hooked up.
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Old February 6th, 2010, 09:14 PM   #9
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You could try it....I mean, a Splitter costs like 3 bucks. If you're talking before the DTV box (or TV if it has a built in DTV Tuner) I don't think there would be problems. LIke said before, the only possible problem is loss of signal integrity. Think of it as a hose, If you put a split in the line you lose pressure at the nozzle. Same thing. You can Buy boosters, I'm just not sure of thier compatibility with the new DTV system.
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Old February 6th, 2010, 09:23 PM   #10
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Yes, it should work fine. Loss of signal can be helped by installing a $13-$15 amplifier. You can buy them at menards.
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Old February 6th, 2010, 09:25 PM   #11
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Works just fine. I've got a rooftop w/ RG6 running all the way to the basement (50ft maybe?). Goes into a powered amp w/ two outputs. One goes to the TV in the living room, the other to the TV in the basement. I don't have RG6 cable going to the tv in the basement and can only pick up 41 and 52.
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Old February 6th, 2010, 09:45 PM   #12
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alright cool thanks guys. this is only temp. anyways, and since i have a couple amps and plenty of cable and splitters i figured id ask just to be sure there is no way to fry a tuner or antenna.
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