Connect Roku 2 XS to 2 TVs

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Connect Roku 2 XS to 2 TVs

Postby jayp130 » Mon Dec 26, 2011 1:44 pm

I'm trying to connect my roku 2 xs to 2 TVs. So far this is what I've done, I have roku box connected via hdmi to one television. Then I have RCA yellow, red, white wires connected to an RF modulator which is connected to second TV via Coaxial cable. The problem is I would like to watch the programs at the same time on each TV, but the current connections are not allowing me to do that. I can watch on one TV at time, I just have to plug and unplug the HDMI cable. Can anyone offer any advice as to what I'm doing wrong or let me know if this will not work. Thank you!!
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Re: Connect Roku 2 XS to 2 TVs

Postby socantra » Mon Dec 26, 2011 1:47 pm

It is my understanding that the (yellow) composite video on the Roku2 is not active when the HDMI connection is in use. I believe that red/white audio connectors are.
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Re: Connect Roku 2 XS to 2 TVs

Postby Gilgamesh » Mon Dec 26, 2011 3:12 pm

jayp130 wrote:I'm trying to connect my roku 2 xs to 2 TVs. So far this is what I've done, I have roku box connected via hdmi to one television. Then I have RCA yellow, red, white wires connected to an RF modulator which is connected to second TV via Coaxial cable. The problem is I would like to watch the programs at the same time on each TV, but the current connections are not allowing me to do that. I can watch on one TV at time, I just have to plug and unplug the HDMI cable. Can anyone offer any advice as to what I'm doing wrong or let me know if this will not work. Thank you!!


To do exactly what you want using a Roku 2 (Roku 1 would do it without any problem) would require a device to accept the HDMI input and pass it through to TV 1 while also converting it to regular composite video for output to TV 2.

While such devices exist they seem to be quite pricey (over $200) but you can get a bit less pricey by using something like an HDMI splitter combined with an HDMI to composite converter. Such devices can be found at
http://www.monoprice.com or http://www.amazon.com/ but it seems a bit complicated.

With the Roku 2 there seems to be no easy way to accomplish what you want.

You did not say how far it is to the second TV or if that TV is HDMI capable but, if it is and a 50 ft cable would reach then this:
http://www.monoprice.com/products/produ ... 1&format=2
and this:
http://www.monoprice.com/products/produ ... 1&format=2
might do the trick for a bit less money (less than $100.00 including shipping) and a lot less points of failure.

I have used that cable for a Roku HDMI run and it worked fine. but still $100.00 is a lot to pay to get 1 Roku on 2 TVs. Unless that is what you really need you might be better served just getting a second Roku for the other TV and then you would not need to pull the HDMI cable.

BTW: Frequent plugging/unplugging of any cable increases the chance of failure of both the plug and the receptacle.

Also I believe I have seen a device that purports to being able to accomplish what you want and cost less than $100.00 but, as I remember, the reviews were quite bad and I cannot find it now anyway.

Lastly your least expensive direction might be to get a Roku 1 as it will do exactly what you need as others have said. Last reports said Roku still had some and they are available through eBay and I think Amazon even shows a couple.
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Re: Connect Roku 2 XS to 2 TVs

Postby mithukrishna » Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:52 pm

I bought this HDMI splitter and 50 feet cable. Now I can connect 2 TVs without any issues. Picture quality is same in both TVs.
Note: Both TV has the same channel though.

HDMI Splitter - 2 Port HDMI Splitter/Video Amplified Distributor with 3D/True Color Support ( $25.50)
link - http://mycablemart.com/store/cart.php?m ... ail&p=4518


Link to the cable I bought it ( $20) - http://www.amazon.com/dp/9985609034/ref ... 1_ST1_dp_1
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Re: Connect Roku 2 XS to 2 TVs

Postby vnazario » Tue Jan 21, 2014 5:46 am

Hello:

I have an "old school" solution for you but the drawback is that you would be using the Roku's in SD:

Connect your Roku with YRW cables to your VCR. From the TV Out coax connection add a simple coax splitter- one to each TV. If you have a 2XS you can use the standard remote. With other models you may have to use the phone remote app to control the Roku when not in line of sight. Both TV's will have the same output.

You will also be able to do simple recording to VHS tapes from some channels like Justin.TV. However, channels that have copy protection (Like Netflix) you will not be able to.

Hope this tip helps you connect your 2 TV's to your Roku.
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