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
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.