[mythtv-users] multiple TVs from one frontend

Joey Morris rjmorris at nc.rr.com
Mon Sep 27 23:20:02 UTC 2010

Ma Begaj <derliebegott at gmail.com> wrote on Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 12:00:03PM +0200:
> 2010/9/27 Joey Morris <rjmorris at nc.rr.com>:
> > I want to feed Myth to TVs in four rooms of my house. Because I live
> > alone and use just one TV at a time, I'm thinking I can get by with a
> > single frontend box and a four-way HDMI splitter. Two of the TVs will
> > be close enough to the frontend that I could run an HDMI cable
> > directly from the splitter to the TV. The other two would probably
> > need an HDMI-over-Cat5/6 adaptor.
> >
> > Does anyone have experience with this type of setup? Is it doable?
> absolutely.
> > What are the pitfalls to watch out for? Would I be better off with a
> > separate frontend box at each TV?
> absolutely too, but that is not so much fun ;-)
> I had it before and I was in the same situation as you (with two TVs) but
> I wanted to use two running mythfrontends at the same time (because
> somtimes visitors would use it in the other room). my box was combined
> fbackend/frontend. I had two nvidia cards, two sound cards, two remotes.
> your situation should be simple as a normal mythfrontend, but there are
> still some questions:
> 1. do you transfer sound through HDMI? if yes you don't need extra
> sound cables for every room.
> you do not need two sound cards because you are using only one tv
> (frontend instance) at the time.
> does hdmi splitters work well with splitting sound too? I have no idea.

I do plan to transfer sound through HDMI. I don't have any experience
with HDMI splitters, but here's one that splits sound according to the
description and reviews:


Does anyone have good or bad experience using MythTV with this or
similar splitters? Is there any reason to believe MythTV would have
more trouble feeding a splitter than other sources?

> 2. do you need a remote for every room/tv? if not, you can use just a
> standard setup. the only
> problem is how to get remote signals from every room to. If you get
> some kind of RF remote
> you should be ok in the whole house. but if use IR you would have to
> split the IR receiver cable
> to the every tv.

Yes, I'll want a remote in every room. This RF extender seems like a
good solution:


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