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Multiple TV Setup

by NinjaButterfly / April 25, 2013 3:36 PM PDT

I'm really hoping someone can help me with this problem because it has been driving me mad trying to figure it out... I am wanting to set up three HDTVs in one room, all the same brand and model, and I was wondering about my options on how to change the channels on each TV SEPARATELY without having to get up and change them manually??? I would like to try and avoid having to buy multiple TVs of different brands to override this problem at all costs.

The plan is to have my computer connected to all three screens while also having a Xbox, Playstation, and AT&T Uverse hooked up to these TVs. So I could be using only two of the screens for my computer at the time and flip on Uverse or play the Xbox on the third one, etc...

I have tried doing some research on this and the only thing I came up with was a device called the " OCELOT Modular Home Control System," but I have no idea what this is other than it uses IR commands...? And I also do not know what IR blasters are either...

I feel like a noob. I usually consider myself to be a techie when it comes to computers, but this has just left me completely flabbergasted. Any help that can be given will be truly appreciated.

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I assume you have separate UVERSE boxes for each TV?
by Pepe7 / April 26, 2013 12:11 AM PDT
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Pepe 7 had 1/2 the answer...
by metacinema / April 26, 2013 3:52 AM PDT
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Perhaps the most important part of your question was how to get 4 separate channels on your 4 identical monitors.

There are 2 ways:

1. Multiple cable boxes, each dedicated to one HDMI input on each TV. You would then need an assignable IR output device (AOIR - almost always tied to a high-quality programmable remote control system like those from RTI or URC, Logitech ain't gonna cut it in this situation and you will have to hire a properly trained AV expert to pull this off in order for the whole array to work properly - min. cost: $500 - but you get what you've envisioned and with a slick user-experience. Independent changing of channels & sources on each screen).

2. If you're okay with having the basic channels line-ups on one or more of those TVs, you can skip the need for (and additional cost of) 4 cable boxes and change channels directly on the TVs, but you will still need the AOIR installed and programmed - cost is same as above.)

I recommend Pepe's video matrix solution, which can be smoothly incorporated into the custom-programmed control system mentioned above, so everything works off of 1 cool remote!

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The OP has other options
by Pepe7 / April 28, 2013 11:35 AM PDT

You are correct though, my reply was missing details Wink

If the OP is willing to utilize three separate UVERSE remotes, he's good to go. There's also a small chance that the Matrix switcher remote could be programmed into the customizable UVERSE remote too. Finding the correct codes may be interesting. A Harmony could also work IME. I'm not clear why you have suggested this requires a $500 investment per se(?)

Here's a very rough graphic of how it could work:

A discussion on using Harmony w/ UVERSE boxes, etc. YMMV, but useful IMNSHO.


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