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Hooking up a single tuner S2 tivo to an OTA antenna

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by cardigans1, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. cardigans1

    cardigans1 New Member

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    Hi - I have successfully been using my S2 single tuner Tivo with DirecTV HD for the past 4 years. I'm now ready to cut the cord and move to an OTA antenna.

    Is there a converter box or something similar that I need to purchase to make this work?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. cannonz

    cannonz Active Member

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  3. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    If it's not lifetimed, pick up a nice used S3 instead for around $50
     
  4. cardigans1

    cardigans1 New Member

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    One of them is lifetime, the other isn't. Never thought about that - thanks for the tip!
     
  5. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    Series 2 only has an analog tuner and 99% of OTA is now digital, so a digital converter box is needed, as well as a IR control cable for it to change channels. It is also slower in changing channels when recording.
     
  6. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    If you want OTA channels, and you're paying for a monthly TiVo sub, you might as well buy a TiVo that can tune those channels than pay almost as much for an adapter to let the S2 tune those channels.
     
  7. Coffee

    Coffee New Member

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    I agree that you'd be way better off getting something newer than a S2. All of them are compatible with OTA and you get both tuners working, not just a single tuner. Your OTA HD channels will also work like they're supposed to. You're also not going to be tied to the converter box, as they all get digital signals just fine.
     
  8. replaytv

    replaytv gun talk ignore list

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    If you have HD TVs already then you might as well sell the lifetime TiVo on eBay or on this forum and get all HD TiVos. A used HD TiVo Lifetime will cost you about $300, a Premiere with lifetime about $400 to $500 on ebay or this forum.
     
  9. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    Not all newer Tivos are compatible with OTA.
     
  10. timckelley

    timckelley TCFer

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    I am now in this boat. I've been suggesting for a long time to my wife cutting Time Warner cable, and she's finally told me to do it. I didn't take her seriously because she often says things impulsively without meaning it, but she reminded me about it today, and I told her I didn't think she was serious, but she says she is.

    Anyway, we have four TiVos, all lifetimed: Premier, TiVo HD, and two single tuner S2's. The S2's are the ones I'm doing research on how to connect to an antenna.

    Anyway, I happen to have one antenna handy, and as a test, I plugged it into the TiVo HD, and to my happiness, all 9 local channels come in clearly. (Not really 9, but some have subchannels, so it adds up to 9.) It's just a very cheap antenna I got at Radio Shack.

    I see some people say it's not worth the hassle of rigging an S2 unless it's lifetimed, but mine are lifetimed, so I think it is worth the hassle. I thank the person at the beginning of this thread for the link to the page with all the different of digital converters, and which are compatible with TiVo, so I guess my next step is to shop around for whichever converter is cheapest. I guess I'll need two of them, but maybe I'll buy one first as a test to make sure it works as well as I hope it does. When I confirm it works, then I'll also need to buy 3 more cheap antennas. Maybe there's a way to have one antenna to service the whole house, but I don't know how to do that, and that might be more hassle than to just have 4 separate cheap antennas.

    I may soon look to possibly supplement my OTA content with other free or low priced content. (Which shouldn't be hard to find, pricewise, considering how expensive Time Warner is.)
     
  11. timckelley

    timckelley TCFer

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    Out of curiosity, what do you people think of the idea of me getting a used converter box? They seem a fair amount cheaper than brand-new, and I assume there aren't moving parts in them, so hopefully a used one would still be reliable.
     
  12. replaytv

    replaytv gun talk ignore list

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    I don't know if you want to buy a used one. Friends, family, and myself have digital converter boxes since the beginning, and they do break on occasion. I think I have known of 3 or 4 quit working since the beginning. Two were Apex and I forget what the other ones were. They are laying around here some place if you want me to check.

    I really like having the two tuners in the newer boxes so I feel crippled with with just one tuner Series 2 boxes. But I might go back to Series 2s because the HD boxes only record in HD for OTA so they take up the hard drive space pretty quick.

    I have never had any trouble with using the IR cables to control the converter boxes, although I have heard of others going through a lot of hassle making little cardboard boxes around the emitters to try and solve problems.

    I have IR cables and converter boxes if you live in the metro Denver area if you want to go that way. I have new and used ones.
     
  13. cannonz

    cannonz Active Member

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    If you can find a Channel master CM7000 used at good price would be worth a shot. AVS had a OTA converter section I assume they still do, might find people selling all kinds there.
     

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