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I'm currently a Direct TV subscriber and I'd like to hook up a TV in the backyard to watch primarily sports, but other programming as well. I will only use it 5-6 months out of the year and don't want to get another box. Is there any way to run two TVs off one receiver, preferably wirelessly, or should I just run an HDMI splitter and run a long HDMI cable?
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No way to do it wireless. You could get a long component cable from Monoprice, they come with all 5 wires, or go with the splitter. Component would be cheaper.
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You could also hook up an OTA antenna to watch sports on the major networks. The downside is you are only limited to CBS,NBC,FOX,ABC.
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Three ways to do that.

1. Run a cable from your dish or multiswitch (or SWM splitter, if applicable) to your backyard and put it in a weatherproof outlet box. Trot the box outside and wire it up. (this is my solution. I have both cable and DirecTV, so there's an AB switch upstream that makes the cable either BHN or D*. Just gotta remember to remove the terminating resistor before switching to DirecTV)

2. Do the same thing with HDMI cable as you proposed (more expensive) and use the RF remote feature of your box for channel changing, if it has that. You'll need a new remote, possibly.

3. There is a wireless HDMI solution, but I've never tested it.

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3. There is a wireless HDMI solution, but I've never tested it.

Wireless HDMI is problematic from what I understand because there aren't any agreed upon protocols so implementation may be different from vendor to vendor. Hard wiring would be your best solution.
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Wireless HDMI is problematic from what I understand because there aren't any agreed upon protocols so implementation may be different from vendor to vendor. Hard wiring would be your best solution.
My recommendation, too, as any wireless solution is prone to interference. Nothing like having someone use the microwave just as the quarterback launches a Hail Mary. Wired's the way to go.

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Check out this thread for REAL user experiences...and don't walk around blocking the Wireless signal:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1372943/best-wireless-hdmi-device
BTW: If I had a Microwave that interfered with WiFi everytime it ran, I would get a new Microwave....
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