How to watch TV in other rooms

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How can I get TV in a second room?

If you have a digital set top box in one room, such as Sky TV, Virgin Media or Freeview; you can watch this on a TV in another room with help from this guide.

Option 1 - Connect your set-top box by cable to a second TV set

This will mean running an aerial cable from the output of your main set-top box, to the aerial input of your second TV set.  There is a  drawback with this option, which is  your second TV set will only be able to watch the output of the TV receiver in the main room.  For example, say you have a Sky TV box in your living room, and it’s set to Sky News.  If you connect an aerial cable to a second TV set, the second TV set will only be able to watch Sky News over the connection.  Change channel on the main box and the second TV changes channel too.
The good news from a price point of view this is usually the cheapest option.  You can buy aerial extender kits which include coaxial cable and all the connectors widely for under £10 (the price will go up for long cable runs).

Option 2- Add in an 'IR Extender'

An IR Extender, or Infra Red Extender, will allow you to control the output from the room you are in.  You still need to run the cable as in option 1, however this time you have a small controller located in the room you are in.  You will have a second controller in the room where the set-top box is present, and this controller will point at the box you want to control.
This gives you much more control, but remember the disadvantage is you may be changing a channel that someone in the other room is watching.

Option 3 - Go wireless

The principles of options 1 and 2 still apply here.  You'll be watching the same output on both TV sets, you'll also be able to control the channel from both rooms.  This time however you won't have to run any wires between the two rooms.  Instead an A/V Extender can be used.  This plugs into the back of the set-top box you want to watch from the other room and fires it wirelessly over another box in the next room that you connect to the second TV.  A/V Extenders usually have an IR Extender built into them too as an added bonus.
Watch out if you use one of these in a kitchen.  The frequencies of a microwave can cause a picture to completely drop out.  Also remember whatever you're viewing can be watched by anyone in the vicinity with a similar unit!  Frequencies can be changed to avoid interference by neighbours using similar devices.

Option 4 - Invest in another set-top box

With set-top boxes plummeting in cost, this option gives you the freedom to watch what you want independently of what is on the other TV.  Freeview set-top boxes can be purchased for under £20, which is usually cheaper than the average A/V Extender.  Both Sky TV and Virgin Media can supply additional boxes, however Sky will charge you a premium on your subscription but the box will be yours should you wish to later stop subscribing and just receive the free channels.  Virgin Media's boxes always belong to them, so stop subscribing and you lose your channels.
This is the option that frequently gives the best results but remember if you have a recorder, such as YouView, Sky+ or TiVo, you won't be able to see these recordings on a second box as they're stored on your original box.
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