Why doesn't my HDMI Splitter work?

Episode 1045 (16:25)

John from Covina

John wants to show video on two separate screens using an HDMI splitter, but it won't work. Leo says HDMI splitters are frustrating. Leo says that they often don't work and when they do, they likely only work with one screen, rendering it pointless. Leo suspects his problem is due to copy protection called HDCP, and if it's not HDCP compliant, it won't work.

An A/V receiver with two outputs may be a better option, as would powered HDMI splitters.

Scott Wilkinson says that if the displays have different resolutions, it's likely the information is confusing the splitter, thereby it can't work. It's always best to have the same displays when splitting. Jeff at the Brickhouse Studios says he uses a MonoPrice Matrix splitter. It works great no matter what the resolution is, and it costs about $160 from Monoprice.