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Multiple TVs with one HTPC

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March 11, 2012 1:13:23 AM

Hello,

I've built a nice HTPC and I want to feed it's output to the other TV's in the house. It would be replacing the cable box (I'm cutting the cable) and the same thing would be on all the TVs. The HTPC has HDMI and VGA outputs, I need a channel 3 output just like the cable box.

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a b x TV
March 11, 2012 12:03:00 PM

What you're looking for is called a Media Extender. Unfortunately, they've been pretty much phased out. The XBox 360 is about the only media extender currently available, but look for the Ceton Echo device to come out (hopefully) soon.

-Wolf sends
March 12, 2012 12:09:08 AM

It shouldn't be THAT complicated.

I've sort of got it working, an adapter that converts VGA to S video and then another that converts the S video to channel 3.

With that setup I can see the output from the HTPC on the TVs, but then all my big TV (fed with HDMI) shows is a shrunken version of the wallpaper and nothing else.

Maybe an HDMI splitter with one output feeding the big TV and another feeding a HDMI to S video converter? (that converter is around $150 though...)
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a b x TV
March 12, 2012 10:59:23 AM

an hdmi splitter box would have been my suggestion. then a conversion box to whatever format the tv take (svideo for instance)

what is this channel 3 nonsense? sounds like this is what is causing you all the pain and frustration. eliminate it.

keep in mind that i'm not sure how how you would actually control the htpc from another room though. i know they make remote controls for win media center, perhaps they make little boxes to put on your tv too for other rooms.
March 12, 2012 3:25:17 PM

ssddx said:
an hdmi splitter box would have been my suggestion. then a conversion box to whatever format the tv take (svideo for instance)

what is this channel 3 nonsense? sounds like this is what is causing you all the pain and frustration. eliminate it.

keep in mind that i'm not sure how how you would actually control the htpc from another room though. i know they make remote controls for win media center, perhaps they make little boxes to put on your tv too for other rooms.


With my current setup I've got a cable box that has an HDMI output that goes to my big TV and a cable (channel 3 or 4) outlet that I feed the other TV's with. If I'm watching cable there is an HD picture on the big screen and the other TV's are showing the same thing. (these are all old CRT/non HD sets).

I want to be able to get rid of the cable box and use the HTPC the same way I use the cable box.
March 14, 2012 1:08:16 AM

Cant you use something like a whole house DVR? Many devices can use composite video 3 rca like plugs, like a DVD. However, it seems like a waste of money to use non-HDTV TV's. It is like going back in time.

They make simple little boxes that convert from HDMI to component 3 or 5 plugs.

http://www.amazon.com/HDMI-Composite-S-Video-Converter-...
March 14, 2012 3:46:07 AM

It looks like what I'm going to have to do is buy an HDMI splitter (about $150) and then a box like that to convert HDMI to S Video, then I can convert the S Video to RF (channel 3).

There REALLY ought to be an easier way!

The other TV's aren't HD but they work OK and for what I use them for (like the kitchen TV) it's not a big deal.
a b x TV
March 14, 2012 12:01:40 PM

if this were 10 years ago then yes there might have been a nice easy solution that did not require all manner of adapters. the problem is that your other televisions aren't hdmi compatible which means you need to use adapters.

a b x TV
March 19, 2012 6:43:35 PM

Zeevee will do what you want but at way too much money. About $1200
March 25, 2012 2:17:33 AM

I'm making progress.

An HDMI splitter, one output feeding the TV and the other going to an HDMI to S-Video converter. That feeds yet another converter that takes the S-Video and converts it to RF (Channel 3 or 4). Both the S-Video converter and the RF converter have audio and video ports.

The video now works. Output from the computer displays fine on all the TV's, still don't have sound on the other TV's.
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