Powered HDMI Splitter Recommendations?

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I have an older Hitachi television that has only 1 HDMI input.
I know that I will need a powered HDMI splitter so that I can hook up my Hopper 3 (when I sign up for DISH at the end of the month) and my Roku. Is anybody using one that can make a good recommendation? I would prefer to purchase from Amazon. Thanks in advance for the help.
 

bmetelsky

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Here is what I am reading about the product you are recommending:

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J-Tech Digital (registered US trademark) 2 Port Super Mini HDMI splitter distributes 1 HDMI source to 2 HDMI displays simultaneously. It offers solutions for HDTV retail and show site, HDTV, STB, DVD and Projector factory, noise, space and security concerns, data center control, information distribution, conference room presentation, school and corporate training environments.

That seems to be the reverse of what I need. I need two or three inputs for 1 output. Have you used this device with your Hopper? I am most interested in hearing from someone who needed to use a splitter with their Hopper and other device/s to one hdmi input on their television. Thanks in advance.
 

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Then what you are wanting is a switch, not a splitter. Does your TV not have component input? You could use it with the Hopper, and HDMI for Roku.
 

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Agreed, what you need is a switch, to "switch' between multiple inputs all going to one output, to the one HDMI on the TV. As KAB pointed out, if you have component inputs you could do without the switch and just use the Roku on the HDMI.
 

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But you would have to change inputs on the TV that way.... Of course if your TV had multiple HDMI inputs it would be the same...
 

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But you would have to change inputs on the TV that way.... Of course if your TV had multiple HDMI inputs it would be the same...
Such a hardship!:D
 

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I've got a Harmony remote that does all of that for me depending on what device I am choosing to watch. No hardships here! :)
 
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I use this.

I have my Roku, laptop, and 722k hook into it, and feed it to my HDTV. It works automatically (via switch priority) and manually via remote or the button on the device.
 

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Thanks everybody for the feedback. I hadn't thought of using the component input on the TV for the Hopper 3. The Roku only has the HDMI output. Not sure if I'll go the way of the switch now or not. Is there any real benefit of using HDMI versus component out for the Hopper 3?

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No. If you use HDMI, your TV and set-top has to support HDCP (and the right version of it) or it won't work. The workaround is to use an analog connection.
 

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Don't some channels not allow content to be shown on something without HDMI like HBO?
If you have the Hopper connected by HDMI and Component then you'll get the HDCP message. As long as the Hopper HDMI is not connected, no message.
 
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I have an older Hitachi television that has only 1 HDMI input.
I know that I will need a powered HDMI splitter so that I can hook up my Hopper 3 (when I sign up for DISH at the end of the month) and my Roku. Is anybody using one that can make a good recommendation? I would prefer to purchase from Amazon. Thanks in advance for the help.
The other issue/question is audio switching. Are you using the TV's sound capabilities or using an A/V receiver for audio? If the latter, it may have HDMI switching. If not, a modest investment could get you something that does.
 

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