Well the antenna idea fizzled out when we got fibre internet and the provider provides a skinny cable package. The STB has a single HDMI out that goes to a TV. I also have a tv in the kitchen and a couple downstairs that I wouldn't mind being able to watch.
1) can I split the HDMI coming out of the STB?
2) what practical distance can I run it? The runs would be in the 50' or slightly longer range.
3) any better deployments available?
2. At long distances you would need a very good (powered) splitter or switch and also probably use Redmere technology for the cables at those distances. Regular HDMI simply wouldn't work. Of course, the same programme would be viewed on all TVs. Most people get the appropriate number of boxes for their TVs, especially at those distances and since they can then watch different programmes on each TV, again, in light of the cost of using splitters and Redmere.
3. Someone else may know.
If you do not care about HD quality, you can ask your provider for the "SD" version of their STB or DTA terminal, mind you, you forgot to tell us which provider and which model set top box. Once its an SD box, you can feed it to the tv via Coax, then you can split the coax and feed it back into the wallplate and configure your inside wiring by going to where your master splitter is inside your house and changing the other end of the wire from the output and move it to the input, then you can connect your other tvs to existing coax wall jacks and tune them to CATV channel 3 and they should pick up the picture. I did this with a widescreen SD signal from one of my satellite tv receivers and security cameras and it worked great
If this is Fibe or a similar product, the most practical option would be to rent wireless remote receivers for each TV. Unfortunately, rental costs can add up to a ridiculous sum after several years. Purchasing other hardware may work out cheaper in the long run. Bell now supports the Apple TV and the Amazon Fire TV stick. The latter is only $70 for the 4K version so it's the lowest in terms of cost.
Note that HDMI MATRIX alternative (cited in earlier post) is also a pull-down menu choice. This allows up to FOUR SOURCES (e.g. Cable Box, BD/UD-Player, Playstation, whatever) to be selected INDEPENDENTLY at each of up to 4 TV's, using built-in IR Passthru capability.
If I was the OP and this was my question, I would want the most inexpensive solution aka the one I posted. since I already am on a budget by trying to share one STB with 2 or 3 TV. so Yeah maybe the op is on a budget and has very little money to spend on distributing an hdmi signal to multiple TVs. If I was poor I would say, to hell with HD, I am going Standard Definition and distributing it to multiple TV's with a simple 3 or 4 way splitter and downgrade my hd DTA box to a SD DTA box. This is the most economical and cheapest and practical solution. Now if the cable company refuses to downgrade the hd box for an sd box, thats a whole other story, maybe if u would tell us the name of the cable company we could find out if this is doable for you
I don't know of any BDUs that have SD only boxes available. Almost all modern video equipment is HD capable with backward compatibility for SD and costs no more than SD equipment did 10 years ago. It might be possible to find a used SD box but it would lack features and channels plus it's reliability, compatibility and suitability for future use would be questionable. So why bother?
Similarly, wiring for video is archaic and expensive compared to a BDU supplied remote STB or a cheap, supported media player or such as a Fire TV stick. A good quality 50' HDMI cable alone costs about $50 and that doesn't include the cost of installation and extra equipment such as an HDMI splitter and additional issues such as a remote control extender. It may even affect the resale value of your home. Cheap wireless HDMI repeaters are often unreliable and good ones are expensive so trying to extend HDMI that way is also a questionable exercise compared to using a supported wireless device.
We're in 2018 and Rogers Cablesystems issued a DTA50 Set Top Box to my parents which has a Coaxial RF Analogue output, its clearly a Standard Definition device and we're in 2018 so yeah either Rogers is behind or they still have plenty of standard definition devices available. since its available, why not utilize it?
I stand corrected on the availability. The information I have is that the DTA50 is an adapter designed for NTSC 4:3 TVs. If you want to live with missing channels, bad picture quality, lack of modern features and letterboxed or cropped programming then go for it.
so let's just wait for the original poster to get back to this post before we jump to conclusions for him or her. A lot of GREAT ideas were given here, but its ultimately up to the OP to decide what he or she wants to do to extend video to multiple TV sets on a budget. he or she MAY agree with the expensive solution or may agree with the cheaper solution, we do not know at this time and its best not to jump to conclusions until the op replies, the op may not even reply and may never come on here again but at least we answered the question truthfully and honestly.
I've heard of the ZeeVee, its a great idea, but it also costs approx CDN$ 1,964.75 on some online marketplaces. that is a lot of money to spend to distribute an hdmi signal over coax to multiple tvs. is the op willing to spend that much? we dont know, only the op knows.