My sister just moved in with her boyfriend into a small condo downtown. It is small but it does have two bedrooms. He keeps his stuff in one bedroom and her stuff is in the other room. I know that one of the beds is never slept in which makes me cringe. That’s my kid sister we’re talking about.
Anyway, they have a dilemma. They have a couple televisions in their condo – one in the living room and one in his bedroom. They have DirecTV satellite service in the living room and want to get HDTV service in the bedroom as well. My sister called up DirecTV and they told her an additional box would be around 200 bucks. She immediately called me, because I am her go to person for any kind of technical buying advice.
I told her that they should only spend that much money if they want to be watching separate shows in the living room from the bedroom. If they will be watching one or the other, the way to go would be to get a HDMI splitter and split the signal coming from the box in the living room.
These devices are pretty easy to find and they range in price from as little as $20 all the way up to a few hundred bucks. I told her to buy a one input, two output splitter because that is all they need. Some manufacturers make splitters that can split a HDMI signal into 8 outputs which is insane. I guess these are used in high end homes or bars.
I then told her to make sure to buy a good HDMI cable from Monoprice. They sell very good and reasonably priced cables. Here is my theory. Buy a cheap cable. If it ever breaks, throw it away and buy another cheap cable. You will be much better off doing this than buying a single cable for 100 bucks.