How to install satellite TV splitters

Updated February 21, 2017

Satellite television allows you to watch almost exactly what you would with cable, except through signals passed along around the world via satellites. One of the main draw backs with a satellite dish though, is that you can only connect one television to a satellite receiver. However, with the help of a satellite TV splitter you will be able to watch the same content on two or more televisions.

Remove the coaxial cable from the "Out" port of the satellite receiver. This coaxial cable connects with the television's "In" port. A coaxial cable is a single circular wire with a metal pin in the middle that connects into the "In" port or "Out" port. These cables can be purchased at just about any store that carries electronic equipment, such as Radio Shack, Best Buy, Target and Walmart.

Screw in the satellite TV splitter. The splitter will look like a "Y," with one port splitting into two. These splitters are standard cable splitters and can also be found at just about any electronics store. The brand does not matter as long as it is a cable television splitter. Attach the single port side to the "Out" port of the satellite receiver.

Reconnect the coaxial cable to one of the available ports on the splitter. The other end will already be connected to the "In" port on the television.

Connect a second coaxial cable to the other port on the splitter. Plug the other end of the cable into the "In" port on the second television. You will now be able to watch satellite television on both televisions.


Because the satellite receiver only has one tuner, you will only be able to watch one channel at a time. This means both televisions will have to watch the same content. However if one of the televisions turns off the other television will be able to play whatever station you want.

Things You'll Need

  • Satellite receiver
  • Satellite TV splitter
  • Television
  • Coaxial cable
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