You’ll likely need a TV when watching your favorite episodes and movies. It’s one of the best display devices and can sometimes come with built-in software (smart TVs). However, you may wonder how to connect two TVs together to display the same picture.
This applies when a single display device is insufficient, and you’ll want to stream to multiple TVs using a single source. This guide will show you how to connect two TVs together and how to link multiple TVs together for one picture.
Read on to know more.
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Connecting Two TVs to Display the Same Picture
When wondering how to connect 2 TV together, you’ll need to follow specific steps to effectively show the same picture on both TVs. Review each method below and check which is the most effective for your TV.
Note: This guide is for TVs, if you have 2 monitors that you would like to connect, please read our guide on How to Connect Two Monitors to One Computer With One HDMI Port.
Method #1: Link the TVs Using a Common Media Source
If you own TVs in different areas of your house, you can link them to a shared media source via an HDMI connection. It’s an effective way to display the same content when watching on two different TVs. However, this method does not allow you to see other channels on each TV as they are linked to a common source.
Important: Ensure that the HDMI cables are long enough to reach the common media source (e.g., cable boxes).
To connect two TVs via a shared media source, follow these steps:
- With both TVs and the cable box turned off, plug an HDMI splitter into the cable box. This will create two more HDMI ports rather than just one.
Note: Depending on the HDMI splitter, it can have multiple ports. So, you can connect more TVs to display the same content.
- Connect the HDMI cables from both TVs. Then, turn on your cable TV box and both of your TVs.
- Check if both TVs display the same content. Remember that changing the channel on the cable box will simultaneously change the channel on both TVs.
Method #2: Link the TVs Using Chromecast
Chromecast is a streaming device that you can also use to link multiple TVs. Compared to the first method, you won’t need an HDMI connection to connect to other TVs since it works wirelessly. Also, you can manage to cast different content on each TV if you want to.
However, you’ll need to buy an extra Chromecast dongle for each TV to link them successfully.
To link Chromecast to multiple TVs, proceed to these steps:
- Plug your Chromecast device into a laptop or computer. Ensure that you’re using the Chrome browser as your default browser app.
- Turn on your smart TVs and connect them to the same wireless network as your computer.
- Open a new tab on the Chrome browser and navigate to the streaming platform you want to show on the first TV.
- Once it’s playing, select the More (three vertical dots) icon on the browser’s top-right corner and select Cast.
- Find the Chromecast device connected to the first TV and select it. The content on the first tab will now be shown on that TV.
- To display different content on your second TV, open a new tab and search for a different movie or TV show on the same platform.
- Go to More > Cast and find the Chromecast device connected to your second TV.
- Select it to start casting content from the current tab.
Linking two TVs together is sometimes necessary to watch the same content in different areas of your house. You can also use multiple Chromecast dongles to stream other content on each TV by connecting them wirelessly to your computer. However, you’ll need a stable Wi-Fi connection to link various TVs via Chromecast.
Hopefully, this guide helps you connect two TVs to display the same picture.