How to Use More Than One TV With One Cable Receiver Box

By Michael Mason

Many people have at least two television sets, usually one in the living room and often one in the bedroom. If you have kids, then they probably have a TV set in their rooms, too. But if you have only one cable receiver box, how do you connect more than one television set to it? There are two ways: By using a cable splitter or by sharing the signal without using a splitter.

Things You'll Need

  • Two-way cable splitter
  • Spare coaxial cable
  • Male and female RCA jacks

No Cable Splitter

Step 1

Place the television sets in the place that will be their permanent position and connect them each to a power source.

Step 2

Run the cable TV connector cable bringing the signal into the house into the rear of the cable receiver box.

Step 3

Run a cable from the cable receiver box output jack to the input socket at the rear of the main television set.

Step 4

Measure and cut a length of coaxial cable and attach a male and a female jack to its ends. Attach the one end to the output of your main television and the other to the input of the second set. Turn on the televisions. Each set will now be able to show whatever channel the receiver box is set to.

Using a Cable Splitter

Step 1

Position the television sets in the place that will be their permanent position and connect them each to a power source.

Step 2

Place the cable receiver box in a suitable position central to the two television sets and connect it to the cable bringing the signal into the house. Connect a coaxial cable from the receiver box output to the input of the splitter.

Step 3

Connect cables from the splitter's two output ports to each of the two televisions' inputs. Each television will now be able to show whatever channel the receiver box is set to.

Tips & Warnings

  • It is only possible to show two different programs if you have a second cable receiver box or if your cable receiver box is one of the newer models that have multiple output ports.