Running your Sky Q through an HDMI splitter is a great way to be able to access all of Sky’s features, even when you’re in another room. HDMI splitters are also useful for TVs that don’t have HDMI ports close together, or if your TV is tucked away in an alcove and the HDMI cable won’t reach.
HDMI splitters can be bought online (links in Resources), but they may not work with the Sky Q service.
In general, the HDMI splitter is not working with sky Q because of HDMI handshake issues between the Sky Q ( media source) and the splitter device. HDMI handshake is when HDMI devices need to establish a common HDMI link between them & for this HDMI protocol has been defined.
HDMI handshake issues may be due to HDMI compatibility problems e.g. between source and splitter or HDMI compatibility problem between different HDMI devices .
HDMI Compatibility Problem Between Source And Splitter
The HDMI splitter not working with sky Q is most likely due to an incompatibility problem between the source device (Sky Q) and the HDMI splitter. This can happen if you are using an older HDMI splitter, or one that isn’t up to spec – many cheap splitters are only compatible with DVI signals, but not HDMI ones, so check carefully before buying!
There are also some incompatibility problems that occur if the length; it’s best not to use HDMI splitters at all with the Sky Q service.
Use Alternative Methods Instead
If you want to run your Sky Q through another room, you should use either wireless streaming or optical cables instead of HDMI splitters. HDMI splitters are known to cause HDMI handshake issues, which can mean they simply don’t work with the Sky Q service. HDMI wiring is also susceptible to interference from other devices, making it unreliable in most cases.
It’s best to use alternative methods if you want to send your Sky Q signal through another room. Wireless streaming is one of the easiest ways to do this – just make sure you have a strong wifi connection in all rooms!
Otherwise, optical cables are also a good choice. HDMI splitter problems will most likely preclude either solution working with sky q though, so make sure they’re compatible before buying!
Will an HDMI splitter work with Sky Q?
If you have Sky Q and want to run it through an HDMI splitter setup, chances are that you are wondering if an HDMI splitter will work with Sky Q?
In general, HDMI Splitters work with HDMI splitters. They must be HDCP compatible & HDMI 2.0 compatibility for them to work with the Sky Q service. HDMI splitters need the HDMI HDCP and HDMI 2.0 versions to establish a common HDMI link between devices.
These specifications are released in upgradable versions e.g. HDMI V1.2, HDMI V1.4 & currently latest one is HDMI Version 2- 0
A HDMI splitter that uses an extender or amplifier can work with sky Q too, but it has been reported that some interference may occur from these types of devices on the signal being transmitted across them which may cause poor performance or intermittent signal dropouts to occur when using an amplifier/extender device for connecting your Sky Q box to another room via your existing home wiring (copper
How to split sky q signal to two TVs
If you are running an HDMI splitter to split your sky Q signal to a TV screen there are simple steps to split the signal into two.
Step 1: Connect HDMI cable from HDMI INPUT on HDMI splitter to HDMI OUT to TV.
You need an HDMI 1 in 2 out to HDMI splitter HDMI switch.
Step 2: HDMI 1 out of HDMI splitter connected to HDMI IN of sky Q box, HDMI 2 out of HDMI splitter connected to HDMI 2 of sky q box ( if you want to watch two channels at the same time).
Step 3: HDMI 2 out of HDMI splitter connected to HDMI 1 of HDMI2 socket on HDMI switch.
Step 4: Connect HDMI 2 in (HDMI OUT) of HDMI switch to TV HDMI INPUT
If you want to watch two channels at the same time connect HDMI 2 in (HDMI OUT) of HDMI switch with another TV HDMI inputs. If Sky Q box is turned ON, both TVs will display different channels .
With this step by step process you can split your sky q signal into two TVs.
What HDMI splitter can work with sky Q
If you are using HDMI splitters with sky Q, you will need an HDMI splitter that is HDMI 2.0 compatible or HDMI HDCP version 1.4/2 compatible to maintain the signal throughout the HDMI extender especially if it’s long in length between source and end point devices.
Most HDMI splitters are not HDMI 2.0 /HDCP 1.4/2 compliant which means they may not maintain the signal strength when clocking long distances through HDMI cables & also some brands of HDMI splitters do not have equalizer chips built in them for every input port.
This type of setup is not best suited for splitters to send your sky Q signal through another room or house, but it can work. You will need a wireless streaming device if you want to use this split method to send your sky q signal through another room in your house.
HDMI splitters are convenient because they require no power adapters, unlike wireless streaming devices that also rely on wifi signals too. Most importantly, as long as you choose an HDMI splitter manufactured with quality
that is not HDMI compatible then what you can do is plug your HDMI into or HDMI to DVI cable and then connect the HDMI end into HDMI splitter.
You can use a HDMI to HDMI cable as well however, this may work better if you are using HDCP HDMI version 2.0 as its got more compatibility for different devices e.g like Xbox one, ps4, sky HD box etc..
If your TV does not accept an HDMI connection and only supports DVB or Component connections (such as Sky+ or Freesat boxes) then you will need an additional device to convert the HDMI signal down to either of those signal types:
- If you already have an HDMI wallplate in each room that isn’t being used, you can use HDMI splitter with HDMI pass-through (so that the HDMI device still only requires 1 HDMI cable plugged into it).
- If you don’t have an HDMI wallplate in one or more of those rooms then you should either use HDMI matrix switch that’s 4×2 or 8×4 HDMI compatibility for sky q splitters.
- You can also purchase HDMI amplifier to boost your HDMI signal strength so as to get rid of ghosting effect which is caused by long HDMI run between your Sky Q box and TV screen.
Your last option is to use a VidiU Pro box which will convert the signal down from HDMl to DVB or Component connection so that it can be displayed on any TV without HDMI inputs.
If you choose HDMI to HDMI connection for your sky Q box, it will not work as HDMI does not split a signal at the source end only the display end which means you need to use an HDMI splitter or HDMI switch if you want to watch on multiple TV screens.
You may find an HDMI-over-Ethernet extender useful if you plan to send HDMI from one room to another via Ethernet cable. A typical use case scenario is where there is no Ethernet cabling in one or more rooms but there are existing LAN cables run round that house.
In this case, HDMI over Ethernet extenders can be used as an alternative option for HDMI splitting and sending signals from one room through the other by using an HDMI over HDMI extender.
If you have sky Q box HDMI to HDMI, HDMI splitter works best because it’s cheaper than HDMI-over-Ethernet extenders. However, since HDMI over Ethernet extenders are capable of sending HDMI signals non-stop up to 500m between source and display devices so it may be the only option you have if there are no other alternatives available to you – espcially if your house is large in size with lots of room(s) between your Sky Q boxes and TVs.
HDMI splitters that work with sky q
HDMI Splitters should be HDMI 2.0 or HDCP 1.4/2 compatible to maintain the signal strength throughout the HDMI Cable especially when using long length cables and HDMI cables that are greater than 10m long.