Passive splitter probably will not work with two displays at the same time, no hand shake on one branch.
Turn both displays off. Connect both to splitter. Turn one display on. Turn on second display. If this does not work nothing will with a passive splitter.
Run component to one display.
Sounds right but the interesting thing is that the picture works on both screens. It's the sound that cuts off on both TVs. That's the odd thing that prompted me to start this thread.
Component is already in use. This setup attempt was for a third screen.
I think I had heard that component was easier to split but two of the three TVs are more than 20 feet away and I worry about signal quality and the HDMI cables are so much easier to snake room to room.
I guess I'll just plug-unplug each set for the time being until I feel like or even really need to run all three at the same time and buy one of those several hundred dollar active splitters but even then it's my understanding that HDCP can end the party if broadcasters force Dish to use it. Then that active splitter would become a high priced boat anchor.