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Fios Question

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by chucka, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. chucka

    chucka newbie

    Jan 30, 2014
    Fort Worth TX
    I don't think I've seen this question in my search on the site so forgive me if it's been answered before.

    I bought an xl4 and will be going to verizon to pick up a cable card this week. but after some google'ing I came across a verizon fios page that says this.

    Is TiVo compatible with FiOS TV?

    TiVo® is compatible with FiOS TV. You can use a Set-Top Box or a CableCard for your TiVo device.

    With a Set-Top Box you receive all the FiOS TV features.

    If you use a CableCard, certain Interactive Media Guide, Widget, and VOD services will not be accessible.

    I know I can use a cable card, but what do they mean by "use a set top box"?

    this is the first thread I have started on here so take it easy on me :)
    was a long time series 2 user and just recently found out I can use a Tivo box for Fios so I got a xl4 for my man cave (my wife calls it my office).

  2. shamilian

    shamilian Member

    Mar 26, 2003
    If you use a set-top box instead of a TiVo, you have access to vod
  3. tatergator1

    tatergator1 Active Member

    Mar 27, 2008
    Columbus, Ohio
    You use a CableCard in anything Series3 or newer, which would include a Premiere XL4. The "set-top" box comment is intended to cover the use of an old Series 1 or 2 Tivo with Fios, just like any other Series 2 with Digital Cable would have been setup using the IR blasters and such. With set-top box/Series 2, you still get On Demand, etc. With CableCard, you do not.
  4. chucka

    chucka newbie

    Jan 30, 2014
    Fort Worth TX
    ok, got it. i was just making sure I can't bypss a cable card by hooking it up to my spare free box.

    totally understand now. thanks!

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