A Sports Lover’s Guide to Setting Up Multiple TVs in One Room
Nothing beats going to your favorite sports bar with all the massive wall of screens simultaneously playing all the best games. But why go out of your way for the ultimate sports-viewing experience when you can have it right at home!? Snag a new Skyworth 4K TV from Rent-A-Center, and check out our guide to setting up your new screen exactly where it belongs — next to your other TV!
How to Have Multiple TVs in One Room
A TV stand can add some class to your media room. When it comes to setting up two TVs in one room, though, TV wall mounts are likely your best option. Measure the wall to make sure you have plenty of space for both TVs. View our guide on selecting the correct sized TV to help you pick the right one for your area.
Follow the wall mount kit instructions to install the TV to the wall properly. Once your TVs are mounted, it’s time to run power.
Two TVs and the hardware needed to watch your favorite content can take up a lot of power. It’s best to use a power strip with surge protection for your TVs and accessories to help protect the outlet in the case of a power surge. Run the power strip to a central location near your TVs, plug them in, and ensure they’re powering on.
With your TVs mounted and powered up, it’s time to get the audio cranking.
Setting Up the Audio
Having two TVs blasting sports audio in your face at the same time might sound appealing — but it may be a little distracting when you’re trying to tune in to the game. Create a better multi-viewing experience by using a soundbar to switch between audio sources. You can turn on subtitles for the television that is muted.
A soundbar has multiple input sources, including options like HDMI and digital optical inputs. Run one TV to the soundbar using the HDMI source and the other using the digital optical in the source. Keep the soundbar remote handy, and alternate between input sources depending on which TV’s audio you’d like to hear.
Setting Up Your Media Source
If you plan on using a cable box to watch the games, you will need to install two separate sources in the room for each TV. You can usually purchase additional cable boxes from your cable provider. Install a splitter at the wall for your coaxial cable, ethernet cable, or another cable type your service provider uses. Follow your cable provider’s instructions to set up both boxes.
If you’re using a streaming service such as Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, etc., you’ll need to purchase multiple streaming devices to run separately to each TV to stream separate content on each TV.
Troubleshooting Your Multi-TV Setup
Check out these troubleshooting tips if you’re having issues with your ultimate viewing experience.
Audio Isn’t Working
If the audio to one or both TVs isn’t working, start by checking the input source on your soundbar. Some soundbars have several input sources outside of HDMI and digital optical in. Ensure the input is set to the TV you want to watch. If the input setting is correct and there’s still no audio, ensure the cable is firmly connected to the TV and the soundbar. For HDMI, ensure the cable is plugged into the HDMI “Out” port on your TV.
If the audio still isn’t working, replace each cable with a new one to ensure the connection is secure between the TV and the soundbar. Additionally, try unplugging each TV from the soundbar to test if each one is working without the soundbar.
TV Isn’t Working
A broken TV can put a real damper on your entertainment extravaganza. If you don’t see a picture on your TV, try plugging it into a different power source. If you’ve ensured your TV is on but the screen is still black, it may be time to head to Rent-A-Center to upgrade to a new television.
Achieve Your Perfect Setup With Help from Rent-A-Center
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