One of the great advantages of being a DISH network customer is the flexibility DISH service offers you. When you’re a DISH Network customer, you don’t have to get stuck watching TV in one room. You can watch DISH network programming in multiple rooms without a problem.
In fact, the DISH network service supports seven TVs and up to six Joeys with the Hopper DVR. That means you can start watching live sports in one room and finish watching the game on a second TV in a different part of the house.
Plus, you can save a little money by not having to purchase individual DISH Networks for each additional TV you want to start watching programming on. Here’s everything you need to know about splitting DISH Network into multiple TVs.
How Does DISH Network Work on Multiple TVs?
The first thing you need to know is that you don’t necessarily need a DISH receiver installed on each additional TV. But, you do need DISH network service across the multiple TVs you want to watch different channels on.
Another factor that affects how many TVs can you have on Dish Network is the number of receivers. If you eventually want to split the service on more than three TVs, you’ll need primary and secondary receivers from DISH.
In general, it’s best to choose a dual tuner receiver box. A dual-tuner receiver box will allow you to record programming and watch TV on the different television sets hooked to the satellite dish.
This process can still work with just one television tuner. But if you’re planning on using DISH Network every day on more than two TVs, a dual tuner will work best in delivering enhanced connectivity options.
Choosing Your Primary DISH Network Receiver
A DISH Network receiver box is necessary whether you want service on one TV or two TVs. And you currently have three options to choose from for Dish network receivers.
This is the most advanced receiver box that DISH Network offers. The Hopper 3 can support your whole home DVR network, as it comes with 16 tuners, supports 4K video, and can handle up to 7 TVs at once.
The number of tuners alone allows you to watch and record up to 16 channels at the same time on more than one TV. Plus, a perk about this DISH network box is that it comes with a 2TB hard drive that can save up to 500 hours of HD programming.
Be aware that there is a fee that you have to pay for the upgrade to a Hopper 3. But it’s not much. The monthly DVR fee is only $5 per month.
Hopper 2 (Hopper with Sling)
It’s not the Hopper 3, but this satellite receiver will be able to support a second and third TV with no problems. The Hopper 2 can support up to four TVs and it still comes with 2TB of recording space for your televisions–an HD experience you don’t have to miss out on.
The Hopper 2 satellite receiver allows you to watch programming from other TVs. And, you can watch or record up to three shows at the same time. The receiver fee for this one is $5 per month for the upgrade.
The Hopper Duo is a great deal because the equipment fees for the DISH receiver are already included in your package price. You don’t have to pay an upgrade fee every month.
And even if it doesn’t have the same capabilities as the other two Hoppers previously mentioned, the Hopper Duo will still enhance your home network. This receiver supports up to two TVs and it has 500GB of storage.
While it’s not a huge amount of storage, it’s not the worst packaged deal from DISH Network. Every television connected will be able to watch and record up to two programs at a time.
Adding a Secondary Receiver Box
You’re probably wondering why you need a secondary receiver. When you use Dish Network, every television connected to the service has its own receiver box; as each receiver comes with one television tuner.
Making the programming available to multiple TVs requires a second (sometimes a third) receiver. Otherwise, you’re stuck watching programming from one station.
The main TV will use the primary receiver. Each additional TV will need its own receiver, of which you have four choices.
Wired or Wireless Joey
Both the Wired and Wireless Joey will offer you the ability to watch different satellite DISH programming while different TVs are in use. Plus, you will continue to have access to the programming that your main receiver is recording even if you’re using a separate DVR.
The Wired or Wireless Joey are available depending on the setup of your TV. Connect the wired version if you have a TV setup that can hide wires.
If your TV doesn’t have this, go for the wireless Joey. You won’t even have to worry about having a cable jack. The technical range for the Wireless Joey is 200 feet from the Hopper. This gives you freedom with where you want to place the receiver. The fee for each Joey is $7 per month.
The 4K Joey is very similar to the Wired/Wireless Joey. The main difference is that the 4K Joey can record programming in 4k Ultra HD. The fee for the 4K Joey is $7 per month.
Something worth mentioning is that the other Joeys mentioned above do not come with recording capabilities. The Super Joey can record satellite dish programming from the TV where it’s set up. The cost for the Super Joey is $10 per month.
Splitting DISH Network to Multiple TVs
If you don’t want to go through the trouble of adding receivers to more than one TV, you still have options. All you need is a working splitter and HDMI cables that are already connected to the DISH network.
You can split a single channel into three TVs. And there are three methods of doing this.
Method #1: Splitter and HDMI Cables
For this method, you will need an HDMI splitter and three HDMI cables.
Step 1. Check each HDMI cable and make sure that they’re working properly. If they are damaged or broken, they will have trouble distributing the signal. This will create problems with reception and overall connectivity.
Step 2. Now it’s time to position the HDMI splitter. The location of the splitter is key for the process to work well. Try your best to position it at a distance that’s equal to each TV you’re connecting. Once you’re happy with the distance, you can proceed to link them.
Step 3. Take the first HDMI cable and connect it with the receiver from the back. Look for the splitter’s IN port and insert the other end of your coaxial cable.
Step 4. At this point, you should have two HDMI cables remaining. Go ahead and plug them into each HDMI port at the back of your TV.
Step 5. Take each HDMI cable end and plug them into the splitter’s OUT port. This is what distributes the signal from the satellite dish to other TVs.
Step 6. To make sure you’re on the right track and everything’s connected properly, toggle the input to confirm you’re on the right one.
Method #2: Adding a Third TV
Step 1. Take the first coaxial cable and connect it into the OUT port of your DISH receiver.
Step 2. Take the opposite end of your coaxial cable and plug it into the IN port of your TV channel splitter.
Step 3. Take the remaining three coaxial cables and attach them to the three OUT ports of the TV channel splitter.
Method #3: Split Using the DISH Remote Control
Step 1. Locate the outputs beneath the Local Brand Network (LBN). Now run two cables out of your DISH network receiver. Insert one cable into SAT1 and the other into SAT2.
Step 2. Take one end of your cable and connect it into the receiver’s TV3/4 OUT. After you do this, look for the other end and connect it to your main TV’s INPUT barrel connector.
Step 3. Look for your coaxial cable and join it to the receiver’s OUT port. Take the opposite end of the cable and connect it to your second TV’s INPUT barrel connector.
Step 4. Take your DISH remote and navigate to the DISH menu to check the channels your signal will display on.
Step 5. If you want to control what to watch on the second television, use the other remote control. It should have enough strength to send the signal to your receiver.
FAQs: How to Watch Dish Network Programming
How Much Does DISH Charge for Each TV?
The monthly DVR fees vary. But, it’s usually around $15 per month. If you’re concerned about pricing, the Hopper DUO can offer some relief for a limited time, as it comes with the basic package. However, it will limit your recording to two TVs.
How Many Receivers Can I Have with DISH Network Satellite TV?
You can have as many as seven TVs in your home network, simultaneously viewing different programming.
Do You Have to Have a Joey for Each TV?
Yes, you’ll need a Joey for each additional TV. This is because they are what allows you to expand service across multiple rooms without adding a separate DVR.