Can Tv's be mirrored with Hopper and Joey? (1 Viewer)

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Feb 6, 2019
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I am a bit disappointed. I contacted DISH wanting to change one of my leased receivers to a DVR (VIP). I was told they do not service that type of receiver, that I should upgrade to a Hopper and Joey(s). After reluctantly agreeing, they came and changed my system out. Upon completion, I have a hopper and 2 Joeys. I was once able to watch 7 different TV's at any time with my old system, a few of the TV's were mirrored, and I was happy. Now I can only watch 3 TV's and have 4 TV's that are essentially boat anchors, unless I move my Joey to that room, and connect it to that TV. I understand I could get more Joey's, but my bill would go up $7.00 per Joey per month. Is there a way to mirror TV's with the Hopper/Joey system? I did the installation of the VIP system and mirrored TV's as necessary.
 
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I am a bit disappointed. I contacted DISH wanting to change one of my leased receivers to a DVR (VIP). I was told they do not service that type of receiver, that I should upgrade to a Hopper and Joey(s). After reluctantly agreeing, they came and changed my system out. Upon completion, I have a hopper and 2 Joeys. I was once able to watch 7 different TV's at any time with my old system, a few of the TV's were mirrored, and I was happy. Now I can only watch 3 TV's and have 4 TV's that are essentially boat anchors, unless I move my Joey to that room, and connect it to that TV. I understand I could get more Joey's, but my bill would go up $7.00 per Joey per month. Is there a way to mirror TV's with the Hopper/Joey system? I did the installation of the VIP system and mirrored TV's as necessary.

Sounds like you had older receivers with the "TV 2" output. You are correct that the Hoppers don't do that. One possibility is you could get an HDMI splitter (they sell 2-port and 4-port splitters). You could then run HDMI cables from the splitter to your other TV's. I've done that with good success in the past.
 

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For SD letter boxed you could buy a RF modulator and hook it to the RF outputs on a Joey or Hopper3. I do that for the TV in the guest room.

Or if you have WIFi you could use an Amazon Fire Stick with Dish Anywhere to connect to your Hopper3. I do that for my basement TV.


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Feb 6, 2019
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Sounds like you had older receivers with the "TV 2" output. You are correct that the Hoppers don't do that. One possibility is you could get an HDMI splitter (they sell 2-port and 4-port splitters). You could then run HDMI cables from the splitter to your other TV's. I've done that with good success in the past.
That sounds good, just have to find 20-40 foot HDMI cables!! LOL
 

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That sounds good, just have to find 20-40 foot HDMI cables!! LOL

Amazon branded HDMI cables are good quality and should do fine at 20-30 foot distances. The splitter is powered so that helps eliminate signal loss.

PS- I believe you can pair up to 8 remotes to a Hopper receiver.
 

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Feb 6, 2019
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Strange question....How do you get the HDMI cables through the floors. I just drilled a hole for the coaxial, the HDMI is a lot bigger than that. Where do you put your HDMI cables?
 

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Strange question....How do you get the HDMI cables through the floors. I just drilled a hole for the coaxial, the HDMI is a lot bigger than that. Where do you put your HDMI cables?
It can be a bit pricey but they make HDMI to Ethernet extenders, run the Ethernet underfloor.

You can find them on Amazon fairly easily, avoid the cheap ones.
 

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Depending on how the splitters were set and the cable run for the mirrored TV's you had, you CAN mirror them in SD with an RF Modulator as dweber mentioned above. I did one last week, but go lucky because one of the splitters was behind one of the 722's and led to a 4 way splitter in the basement that fed the mirrored TV's, so how the cable is run is the determining factor if you don't want the expense of HDMI splitters and long HDMI cables fished all throughout your house
 

md_paul

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Strange question....How do you get the HDMI cables through the floors. I just drilled a hole for the coaxial, the HDMI is a lot bigger than that. Where do you put your HDMI cables?
For me, I drilled up from the basement side a hole large enough to fit the HDMI connector through and up inside the wall behind my Living room TV/Hopper, and also into the wall behind my Kitchen TV. I purchased a couple of inexpensive old-work low voltage brackets and wall media wall plates similar to the ones from home depot I linked below. I cut holes in the walls at both locations, ran the HDMI cable down from the living room, across the basement, and up to the kitchen. I installed the brackets and the wall plates and had a decent finished looking setup.

Carlon 1-Gang Non-Metallic Low-Voltage Old-Work Bracket-SC100RR - The Home Depot
Eaton 1 Gang Recessed Multimedia Cable Wall Plate - White-35M1W-SP-L - The Home Depot


If your holes are already in the floor, and you widen them enough to fit the cable connector through, you might want to consider some sort of grommet in the floor similar (or exactly like) those grommets they use in computer desks to run the cables through them for a more finished look.
 
Feb 6, 2019
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Thank you everyone for your suggestions and recommendations! I wish one of you lived in South Carolina, because this installation seems to be a lot tougher than the coaxial installation I did with my older receivers with the "TV 2" output. I had 2 "2 TV' receivers and had 7 TV's hooked up to them - lots of coax and splitters!!. I am going to buy what ya'll suggested, and hopefully be able to figure it all out! I will keep you posted!!
 
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md_paul

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Thank you everyone for your suggestions and recommendations! I wish one of you lived in South Carolina, because this installation seems to be a lot tougher than the coaxial installation I did with my older receivers with the "TV 2" output. I had 2 "2 TV' receivers and had 7 TV's hooked up to them - lots of coax and splitters!!. I am going to buy what ya'll suggested, and hopefully be able to figure it all out! I will keep you posted!!

I probably should have asked this earlier before suggesting the HDMI cables... Are all of your other TV's at least HDTV's with HDMI inputs? If you have older SD TV's, your only option for them is the RF Modulator solution that was also mentioned here. If they are all HDTV's or better, the HDMI cable solution will give you a much better picture quality at the other TVs than the SD coax RF modulator solution. I'd hate to see you spend the money and time to run the HDMI cables and find out you can't plug them in to your other TV's .
 
Feb 6, 2019
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I think I am going to try to do just one to start. The Joey is in my master bedroom, and 20 feet away there is a TV in my master bath that I like to listen to with the news in the morning. I will probably have to get a longer than 25 ft cable because of having to go up and down walls to connect. I think I will need just one HDMI splitter and the HDMI cable. All my TV's are HDMI ready, except for the small 7 inch TV I have next to my bed, It is a new TV, does not have the red, yellow and white connections. The satellite coax screwed in the back, and it was mirrored, so it only needed that one connection. I can not figure out how to hook it up, I liked falling asleep while listening to it. Had it timered to go off in an hour. Oh well.....

Trying to go cheap.... Is there a certain kind of HDMI cable I should get? Will a splitter like this work? (From Amazon
HDMI Switch,GANA 3 Port 4K HDMI Switch 3x1 Switch Splitter with Pigtail Cable Supports Full HD 4K 1080P 3D Player)
 
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