SPLIT DIRECTV BEFORE THE RECEIVER

I UNDERSTAND THAT IF YOU SPLIT THE CABLE COMING "OUT" OF THE RECEIVER, YOU'LL HAVE TO WATCH THE SAME CHANNEL ON BOTH TVs.

HOWEVER, I WANT TO KNOW IF IT'S POSSIBLE TO SPLIT THE CABLE FROM THE SATELLITE DISH COMING "INTO" THE HOUSE. FROM THERE, CONNECT INTO TWO DIFFERENT RECEIVERS.

WHEN I TRIED THIS, IT WOULD NOT SHOW ME ANY CHANNELS ON THE 2nd RECEIVER, AND ONLY LIMITED CHANNELS ON THE 1st RECEIVER.

ANY IDEAS HOW TO FIX THIS? OR WHY THIS HAPPENS? DO I NEED EXTRA HARDWARE?

THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR ALL YOUR HELP.
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  1. the only way to split a directv line is with a multi switch from directv. each receiver needs its own line back to the dish. it has something to do with the voltage each receiver sends back to the dish.
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