I put together this web
page to share in what I learned about
- Choosing Directv or Dish
- Connecting multiple TV's
- Web resources for help and information
However, please realize that this is just what I came across
in my quest for information. If you have any suggestions, please
At first I thought that Dish had fewer HD channels
than Directv. However, in reviewing their web sites, both Directv
and Dish offer the same selection. Note, I only
considered the main entertainment channels and did not review sports
- Each service provides output at 1080i (not 1080p) plus lower
- Directv's HD DVR allows recording two channels simultaneously
at 1080i. Dish's HD DVR only allows recording of one channel
at 1080i and the other at standard definition.
- Both offer remotes that work on radio frequency so they can
be used to control the satellite receivers from different rooms.
- Dish receivers allow a second TV hooked up to the receiver
to view a different channel than the first TV. This means you
can use one receiver to watch diff shows at the same time.
However, the second TV will only display a standard definition
- Dish pricing is less expensive that Directv.
Different TVs to One Satellite Receiver.
I was confused on what cables I could use to hookup a second
TV to a receiver.
- The best way to send high definition video between rooms
is with ethernet (Cat5) cable. You will need what is called
an extender. A good one at a good price manufactured by CE
Labs. At the same time, you will need a component
video amplifier (StarTech) connected to the satellite box
to provide multiple component video and audio connections.
- Coaxial cable (RG6) can be used to carry standard definition
video, however it cannot carry high definition video.
- HDMI cables cannot be used for long runs between rooms as
the signal degrades.
- Cables comprised of the component video (three wire)
and RCA stereo audio (two wires) can be used for long runs
and will carry the HD signal.
What do I need to actually see High Definition Video on my HDTV?
How to connect your HDTV
HDMI versus Component Video--Which is Better?
Web sites with good information
To for Hookups at RAM Electronics
How To for Hookups at BigPictureBigSound
FAQ for buying a first HDTV, sound system, cabling,
your HDTV [Turns out that not all TVs ship with good settings]
Forum [A form that lets you search for answers]
to for Cables [With
and Vision [Reviews]