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What coax splitter will work best for my TV reception?

Asked by ramblemutt (37points) February 5th, 2011

I currently get satellite stations thru an HDTV (Dish) box and local stations OTA on a regular antenna. I’m using an ordinary coax splitter for incoming signals, but the sat. signal is degraded. Will an A/B switch improve things for satellite? My OTA reception is HD quality.

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

That A/B switch will isolate the inputs, without that the signal is affected.

RocketGuy's avatar

Sat receivers do not work well when split. An A/B switch is much better. I use completely separate inputs on my TV for Sat and OTA.

ramblemutt's avatar

Yes, inputs are separate on my larger set and no problems. The small set in my office is the problem…only one input. I’ll get myself an A/B switch, see what happens…tho I don’t like having to manually switch when I go from sat to OTA. Anyone know of an A/B switch that can be operated remotely?

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

Radio Hack used to sell an A/B switch with a remote. However, you might do well with a distribution amplifier instead of a splitter. Position it as close to the source as possible and run your cables from there.

ramblemutt's avatar

Good idea, but a little expensive for me. What if I just connected external antenna to the TV antenna input and went S-video from Sat receiver to TV set. Not sure how S-video works…but is this a possibility? BTW, I got an A/B switch from Wallyworld for $5.95 and it works just fine.

RocketGuy's avatar

S video is slightly higher quality output than the yellow composite video.

ramblemutt's avatar

The old light bulb went off with with RocketGuy’s comment. I simply hooked up the composite video/audio cables from Sat receiver & TV, then the external antenna to the coax input and all problems solved. HD quality all around and all completely controlled by remote. Thanks, team.

RocketGuy's avatar

Dude! Were you running HD thru a Channel 3 coax? What inputs do you have on your TV and on your sat receiver? In order of resolution:
Digital OTA coax
Component video
S video
composite video
RF (Channel 3) coax

ramblemutt's avatar

My sat rx is not HD, otherwise all of the above. It’s just a smaller TV for my office. To be honest I started out trying to save a buck here. Financial hard times for me, so I put my HD sat (for the big TV with the HD receiver) on vacation hold and where I was paying over $100 monthly for TV, I am now paying $5 monthly and getting my locals (17 channels) OTA. I live up in the mountains, but luckily the translator towers are in line of sight and only a couple of miles away. I no longer get a lot of premium channels of course, but there are a number of free channels thru my sat box (SyFy, IFC, FX for example). Vac hold good for 6 months…hopefully by then I’ll be back on my financial feet. So while I don’t have HD, the OTA is HD quality for sure and the sat box channels are pretty close.

RocketGuy's avatar

My OTA HD has better color than the same channels on Sat (when it was non-HD). Glad you are able to get some Sat channels for low cost. I have Dish, with “Free HD for Life”, but trimmed the lineup as much as I could – got the cheapest package that had SyFy.

ramblemutt's avatar

I won’t have a problem without programming until end of August when ESPN a must for college football. Not sure I can do without it. We’ll see.

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