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Component video outputs?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by hybucket, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. hybucket

    hybucket Member

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    I was checking the Roamio specs, and notice there appears not to be a component video output on the basic Roamio. Can that be correct? So the only way to hook up the video is with an HDMI? I have an older TV with only one HDMI connector, and it is being used by my blu-Ray DVD player. I'm currently using the component connection on my TiVO HD. Am I correct?
     
  2. kbmb

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    Correct, no component on any of the Roamio's. -- I was wrong about this.

    I would suggest a new TV :p

    Or you could either manually unplug the HDMI to the TV input....or look into an HDMI switch.

    EDIT: Sorry...I was wrong above. HDMI only on the basic. The Plus/Pro have HDMI, Component and Composite

    -Kevin
     
  3. moyekj

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    Actually, the Plus and Pro models have component video + stereo outputs, the Basic has an "A/V" output that can be used with a breakout cable for composite only. I'm using my Pro component output to feed my Slingbox 350.
     
  4. kbmb

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  5. hybucket

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    Thanks for the info...I took a look at the back of the basic unit...it appears that the composite output is marked A/V. How would you hook up audio with that one connection? I have my current TiVO HD hooked up to an audio receiver to output cable music stations to other rooms. How would I do that with only one connection (silly questions abound...)?
     
  6. kbmb

    kbmb Active Member

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    Do you not want to use the Digital Audio (Optical) out for audio? Or maybe you can't?

    For using the A/V connection, Tivo does sell a breakout kit that will take that 1 connection to either composite with audio or just component video:

    https://www.tivo.com/shop/detail/av-cable

    -Kevin
     
  7. jmpage2

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    Have you thought about buying a cheap HDMI switch? Then you don't have to worry about component video.
     
  8. hybucket

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    I would (and do now) use the optical for TiVO audio, but I also use the composite audio output - my audio system will not output digital audio.
    I checked out the "kit" - it's hard to tell, but, on the audio cord, isn't it simply splitting whatever is being output in two, and wouldn't a cheap-o Radio Shack splitter do the same thing (I would not need video cords)?
     
  9. hybucket

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    Was not aware there was an HDMI "switch." Is it simply a splitter?
     
  10. CuriousMark

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    It splits it into three, not two. You get Audio Left, Audio Right, and composite video.
     
  11. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    No it's a switch enabling "switching" between two (or more depending on the switch) sources to one output.
     
  12. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    The AV connection on the basic is composite video and left/right audio only. It does not output component video. Only the mini has 2 separate 1/8" breakout jacks, one for composite with audio (yellow) and the other for component (green).
     
  13. kbmb

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    After looking at the start sheet, it looks like the basic doesn't even have the A/V port....just a composite connection.

    So unlike the Mini, the basic can't use the breakout kit. Looks like they assume people would use either HDMI or if needed the optical for audio.

    -Kevin
     
  14. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    The composite output they're talking about IS the AV port!
     
  15. kbmb

    kbmb Active Member

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    Yeah what's confusing is the Tivo Start Guide I posted the link for above. That shows it labeled as a Composite port, not A/V, which I assumed was the typical yellow video connection.

    But the images I see online from other sites that show the actual Tivo show it labeled as an A/V port and it's the 1/8" jack.

    -Kevin
     

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