We have 2 large screen / HDMI input TVs. We've been paying for 2 cable boxes - 1 is a (whole house) DVR and the other is just a cable box. There's only 2 of us in the house / we never watch tv on both TVs at once.
I can return the 1 cable box and save about $12 a month, I'd like to be able to feed the 2nd TV (now without a cable box) with a signal from the HDMI output of the DVR cable box. Yeah, we have to run between the 2 TVs to change channels, etc.
What's the max cable length for an HDMI cable and still have a usable signal at the far end?
I'm familiar with coax and A/B switchboxes and signal splitters to get the signal to both TVs (and either use the A/B switch or just splitter depending on signal quality). But don't know about HDMI.
Is there an equiv to a coax splitter for HDMI? Does signal suffer? or is it digital so it's OK if we are within that max length above?
Or is there an A/b box to split hdmi?
And is there a way to get the remote's signal from the 2nd TV down to the first? (that gadget that you clip the lightsource in front of the DVR box's infra red receiver?
is all of this going to cost more than the $12 / month? or do you have some other ideas?