Friday, 6 March 2015

You have a DStv decoder connected to just one TV in your living room and you are looking for a way to connect same decoder to extra TVs, maybe located in your bedroom. Let us say you wish to watch DStv in all the TVs in your home or office or business premises. You can comfortably connect all your TVs to one DStv decoder box and be able to watch programs from the decoder with same super clear image and audio quality.

This post will expose you to the techniques involved in multiplying your views from one DStv decoder to many other TVs. Whether you have 2 TVs or more, this simple steps will show you how to connect one DStv decoder to extra TVs. All you need is a DStv decoder, your TVs, some length of connection cable wires, some accessories like the F-connector and multi-output splitter devices.
 
It is a well-known fact that the greater the length of digital signal travel, the more significant its signal quality drop. Therefore to ensure non-loss of digital signal, it is necessary to add a digital signal booster to your list of equipment. This is commonly applied when you wish to extend the decoder signal to a length of 30 meters. Assuming the extended TV is in a separate room and you need to run the connecting cable wire from the decoder to that TV to a distance of over 30 meters, then a signal booster is necessary to prevent any signal quality drop.
How to connect one DStv Decoder to Extra TVs
 
The technology behind the idea of connecting one decoder to extra TVs helps to keep every TV in your premises alive with super programs from your DStv decoder. It does not matter how many they are as this technology can link up to as many as 10 TVs or more. However, every installation technicality have to be done properly to ensure stable image and audio quality.
 
Connecting one DStv decoder to Extra TVs involves the following steps. Let us assume that you already connected to the main TV through the decoder’s AV video and audio ports. These are the spaces behind your decoder usually colored red, yellow and white. To connect to another TV elsewhere from the same decoder, the proper port to engage is the RF – OUT labeled opening. Do not mistake the RF – IN port with its RF – OUT counterpart, for both are usually clearly labeled.
 
The RF – OUT port is engineered to transmit high quality digital TV signals to far distances unlike the RF – IN port which is not always recommended for TV extension purposes. But for information sake, the RF – IN port is very useful in the DStv ExtraView configuration technology to conduct “heartbeat” signals between the primary and secondary decoders.

 

STEPS TO FOLLOW TO CONNECT ONE DSTV DECODER TO EXTRA TVs

 
Prepare your connecting cable wire by exposing the internal coaxial copper and silver spikes prior to attachment of your F-connector. The F-connector is the screw-mouthed silver-colored small nut that connects cable wires to decoder ports. In preparing your cable wires, ensure that the silver tiny metallic shreds do not come in contact with the bigger central copper spike. After insertion into the F-connector, only the copper spike should protrude from the center while the silver shreds form strong internal attachments with the body of the F-connector. Remember both ends of your cable wire should be prepared this way.

 

Single Extra TV Connection (Apart From the Primary Main TV)

 
Connect one end of the cable wire to the RF – OUT port of your DStv decoder and connect the other end of the wire to the Ariel antenna port behind your TV. Your decoder must be switched on before proceeding to the next stage. While the DStv decoder and the extended extra TV are switched on, run a channel scan on your TV to search, find and save the signals received from the DStv decoder. After a successful search and save, the DStv decoder can henceforth be viewed from that extra TV on that particular channel number as saved.
 

Double Extra TV Connection (Apart From the Primary Main TV)

 
If you wish to have two extra TVs connected to one DStv decoder which are different from the primary main TV, simply connect one end of the F-connected cable wire to your RF – OUT port of your DStv decoder. The other F-connected end of the cable wire is inserted into the INPUT port of a double output signal splitter. Two extra F-connected cable wires are used to connect from the splitter OUTPUT ports to the Ariel antenna INPUT ports of the two extra TVs. Once connections are secured, channel scan operations are conducted on the two newly connected TVs to search for signals coming from the DStv decoders. These signals are either automatically or manually saved depending on whether auto or manual search was used to search for the signals.
 

Triple Extra TV Connection (Apart From the Primary Main TV)

 
Connecting three extra TVs to one DStv decoder, apart from the main TV follows the same installation procedure as described above for the Double Extra TV Connection. The only difference is that a three – output signal splitter is used instead of the dual output as used in double extra TV connection.
 
At this point, it is necessary to consider the distance of these TVs each from the source DStv decoder. A digital signal booster is recommended if any of these distances exceed 30 meters. A more effective booster is the electronically powered booster. This is usually connected serially to each of the extended points i.e. between the splitter to each of the TVs.
 
This same technological procedure is adopted in connecting one DStv decoder to many more extra TVs. But one fact is clear, you only watch same channel or program as shown on the DStv decoder. I am saying that irrespective of the numbers of decoders connected, the whole setup still presents a single viewing experience.
 
There are many gains in connecting one DStv decoder to many extra TVs. All rooms in your apartment come alive with super channels from DStv. You can feel more relaxed watching same channels from the comfort of your more preferred bedroom or living room.

56 comments:

  1. Try it but mine isn't working! Am using dstv Hd, is dere anything to do in configuring d settings?

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    1. Dear Juju, did you search for new channels on the extra TV just like you are looking for local channels? If you did and did not see the DStv display, then go back to your decoder. Press the MENU on your DStv decoder, select SETTINGS, depending on the type of decoder you have, look for RF or UHF. When you see it, there is frequency value for your decoder's UHF, reduce it to 54 and then save, return or exit. Then go back to your extra TV and research for channels. This time, you will see the decoder from that extra TV.

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  2. Call or whatsapp 71599339 if you are in Botswana Gaborone.

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  3. I recently got an explora and dnt have a multi switch can i use a two way splitter rather? Ss2. I stay in a flat so all the apartments have a ready input that was installed for each aparment.

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    1. Dear Claud, the Explora decoder only works on a multi-switch. If you must not use a multi-switch, then your LNB must be a Unicable or a Sat-CR LNB. Any other quad, triple-feed or two-way LNB must be accompanied by the recommended DStv Multi-switch. Thank you for your interest in my work and Good luck!

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  4. Hi Claud, Question 1 - we have a HD PVR DSTV decoder and would like to connect the tv in the bedroom to the decoder in the lounge and watch the same channel in both rooms. Do we do the same as you have explained above?
    Question 2 - we also have a DSTV Dual view 1 decoder and we pay the extra money for dual view. Would you be able to explain how to connect the two decoders to have dual view?

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    1. Dear Charles, answer to Question 1 is YES. For question 2, although it is possible to pair up the HD PVR and your DStv Dual View, the process is highly technical and the output unreliably problematic. However, with only your Dual View decoder, you can still watch two different channels at the same time. Please read up this post on How to set up the DStv Dual View decoder to show two different channels at same time.

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  5. Im getting pictures buts no sound from the tv in the bedroom. What might be the problem. Suppose I wish to be able to change channels in the bedroom, how can i about it

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    1. Dear Brian, thank you for your interest in my blog. I am sorry for my late response. To solve the sound problem, use your TV remote control. Press the MENU, search out where the TV SYSTEM is. This may differ depending on the brand of TV you have. Most TVs have their TV SYSTEM under the SETTINGS. Under the TV SYSTEM options, we have the BG, DK and I. Use the TV remote to change your TV SYSTEM either to BG, I or DK. One of these parameters should give you the perfect picture and sound quality you desire. Then save it before exiting. I hope this solves the problem.


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    2. I just tried Emanuel still the problem persists

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  6. Hi. Just came across your blog and have found it quite useful.I have a single view dstv decoder which has been connected to an extra tv for over 5 years now. It just stopped showing on the extra tv yesterday. I don't know what to do. I've tried tuning to UHF channel 22 but can scarcely see anything. Pls help. Thanks

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    1. Dear reader, thank you for your interest in My Digi-Tech Media Blog. If you are sure that the wire connections were not disrupted, then try the following. On the DStv decoder, use the remote to press MENU...then SETTINGS....search the SETTINGS until you get to the area that concerns your decoder's RF or UHF frequency. On this UHF frequency, reduce the value from the default 63 to 54. You will notice that as you change this figure, their corresponding frequencies in MHz change too. After setting it to 54, exit from there. Then go back to your extended TV and rescan your channels, this time, it will recapture the decoder. However, if there has been a physical wire disruption, then go get a qualified technician. Thank you!

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    2. For the single extra TV connection, It says connect one end of the CABLE WIRE to the RF. Please what cable wire do I use? I want to connect my Gotv to the 2nd TV in the bedroom. Thank you

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    3. If you check behind your GOtv decoder, there are 2 RF ports, the RF-IN and the RF-OUT. The port for connecting your extra TV is the RF-OUT. Therefore, you must run a single TV signal wire (same type of wire used to bring in your antenna from outside) from that RF-OUT port to wherever your extra TV is located and plug it into the space meant for connecting antennas to TVs. Then run auto-search or manual search for TV channels and you would be able to capture channels coming from your GOtv decoder. Thank you

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  7. Hi, please explain how i can connect a single decoder to different rooms with each room having a remote control to view any channel desired.Thanks

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  8. Thanks so much Emmanuel, you are da bomb, i have a Gotv deorder and thinking of buying an extra tv this season, please does this same method of operation works for the Gotv decorder too.
    Secondly, if i want to change channels of the extra tv how do i change it .... I mean can the tvs works on different channels simultanously.
    Thanks

    Tope from Nigeria.

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    1. Dear Tope, the GOtv decoder will work well on the principle of TV viewing extension through its RF-OUT port to any extra TV. However, you can only change channels from one point...that is from the decoder, which affects all the TVs connected to the decoder directly or indirectly. It means that you can only watch one channel at a time in all the TVs.

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  9. Hi Emmanuel
    I'm trying to connect my dstv for multiple viewing and it gives a b E 1 message.
    What does this mean, or how do I correct the error.
    Thank you,
    Ingrid

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    1. Dear Dimo, the bE1 error implies a "software disorder", I candidly advise you take the decoder to the nearest DStv office for its correction. Afterwards, you may proceed with the multi TV connection of your decoder to all your TVs.

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  10. dear emanuel greeting of pc:
    Q1. i'm trying to connect my dstv to 3 analog tvs on my guest room,however i need to configure d/t dstv channels to those tvs with out any dstv decoders,pls help
    Q2. is that possible to extend dstv channels to another satellite decoders like supermax and eurostar etc? pls help me.

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    1. Dear Bless, thank you for your interest in my blog. You single DStv decoder can successfully power three TVs or more. However, the connections need just be right for this to happen. I will advise that you use a 3-output DStv signal splitter/booster device for this purpose. You can get it from any cable and satellite accessories seller around your neighborhood. Connect the wire ends appropriately to F-connectors, signal wire from the decoder should enter the INPUT of the splitter while the 3 OUTPUTS are sent to the 3 TVs and connected through their ANTENNA-IN ports. Then search the VHF/UHF channels on those TVs and you should be able to pick up signals from your DStv decoder. For Question 2, it is not possible to transfer or obtain DStv signals from any other brand of decoder except that supplied by MultiChoice for its DStv brand. Thank you!

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  11. Hi Emmanuel
    Your blogs are very interesting and am having difficulty with following
    I have Smart LNB with 2 Explorer PVR's with extra view . I have connected the 2 PVR to my main TV with HDMI cables. I have a cable connected to RF out on one PVR and this goes into a splitter so can view on my other TV's. - How would I be able to connect the other PVR so I can also view in other rooms. I do get a signal but it is not good. Stephen

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  12. Dear Emmanuel,

    We have DSTV Duel View. Upstairs is the main tv and down stairs is the secondary but now we have splitted the secondary one to a downstairs bedroom aswell. It shows perfectly. But we're having trouble installing the "signal boxes" so we can change the channels from both downstairs rooms. Is there any way that you can assist please?

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  13. I just got a second decoders for my bedroombtv but I am only able to catch channel 100 on the second tv. The other channels are giving a message saying "the card is not programme for this channel or no subscription " Hiw can I correct thus problem?

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  14. Hi Emmanuel,

    Hope you can help me.

    I have a HD PVR connected to TV 1 via HDMI cable then TV 2 is connected to RF Out on that same decoder.

    My problem- when I turn off TV 1 then picture and sound on TV 2 freezes.

    What do I do to correct the issue as it seem the Dstv cuts of signal when tv 1 is turned off.

    Thank you
    Henry

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  15. Hello dear, I have one Dstv decoder and want to use it for my four TVs, but what I want you to help is My TV antenna, I want to ask if I can use same cable as TV antenna.

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  16. Hi we have xtraview with single DSD decoder connect to cottage on property for my dad.. I want to connect and extra tv for bedroom. what do I need to do besides run cable from decoder to additional tv. do I need to buy splitter?

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  17. hi, i have 3 tv's in my house and two dstv decoders a small black dstv series 11 decoder which is already activated, and a single view hd decoder which i want to connect. what heartbeat splitter would i need and where can i buy it? i want to connect the two decoders to two tv's and the third tv must just be able to whatch from ant one of the two decoders, hope someone understands what i want to do and can help please. i currently have a twin LNB, and wire. i just dont know what splitter i need

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  18. Hi I have an explora can you please guide me on how to connect two tv

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  19. Hi I have an explora can you please guide me on how to connect two tv

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  20. Hi Sir

    I connected the xtra TV in my bedroom but the problem the is no sound your response will be much appreciated
    Thanks Bongani

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  21. Hi Emanuel.. I'm ANTHONY.
    I have connected my signal booster with the decoder and to the TV.. But the TV couldn't see any station or channel... Either local or even the dstv..

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    1. Call or whatsapp 71599339 73899339 if you are in Botswana Gaborone.

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  22. Hi Emanuel.. I'm ANTHONY.
    I have connected my signal booster with the decoder and to the TV.. But the TV couldn't see any station or channel... Either local or even the dstv..

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  23. Hi,
    Please can i watch a different Channel on the secondary TV maybe with an extra Decoder

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  24. Hello Emmanuel. How do I connect one tv to two decoders? I have an Explora and a HD PVR P2. Thank you

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  25. Hello Emmanuel. How do I connect one tv to two decoders? I have an Explora and a HD PVR P2. Thank you

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  26. I have pluged my one cable on yhe RF out and it goes strait to moms room but no tv. I have changed the Uhv to 54 but still nothing. Advise please.

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  27. I have pluged my one cable on yhe RF out and it goes strait to moms room but no tv. I have changed the Uhv to 54 but still nothing. Advise please.

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  28. I have pluged my one cable on yhe RF out and it goes strait to moms room but no tv. I have changed the Uhv to 54 but still nothing. Advise please.

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  29. I have strong HDMI Receiver that doesn't have RF-Out so how am i going to connect multiple TVs with that Receiver?

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  30. Hi Amadi. I tried your method and it worked. thanks. Just that it writes tv load overlink the whole time. How can I get rid of that notice

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  31. Good Evening

    I have a single view decoder with a extra tv, but it doesn't want to play sound, can you perhaps assist?

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  32. Good evening

    How do you setup another Tv on the new HD is there a signal for it?

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    1. You can call or whatsapp 71599339 0r 73899339 for help

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  33. Hi

    I have a dstv explora and a tv in the lounge and another in my room. Both tv's was connected to watch the same chanel. My dstv has been giving me the E48-32 error on quite a few channels lately so u disconnected the decoder yesterday to take it to dstv and have it checked out. Got back and connected decoder to lounge tv and it works but cant pick it up on room tv... pls help

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    1. You can call or whatsapp 71599339 0r 73899339 for help

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  34. You can call or whatsapp 71599339 0r 73899339 for help

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  35. How do you change channels from your ekstra tv?

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    1. Dear reader, the same channel which shows on the decoder unto the main TV is the same TV channel that would always show on extra TVs. However, if you wish to control this TV channel from where the extra TV is located, you may use a device called a Remote Blaster. Details about the Remote Blaster will soon be published. Please register your email on this blog to keep yourself up to date. you may also like our facebook page to remain current with us. thank you.

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  36. I am looking for anyone who can do the installation for me. 8 TVs to operate from one decoder i.e. a similar installation like at the likes of Cresta , etc. This is a guesthouse in Kanye. Contact me at 71361414

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  37. Hi Emmanuel, I just wanted to say thanks a lot for this very useful information.

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  38. hi, i connected my dstv decoder to an extra tv and the tv is picking signals from 2 different decoders thereby making the picture quality not clear.. what should i do?

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  39. Make sure each decoder is on a different RF frequency. Set one on 32 and the other on 63

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  40. Easily make payment of your DStv bills, renew and subscribe to a preferred plan of your choice using https://www.vtpass.com/dstv

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