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How would you physically connect a slingbox to the base model Tivo Roamio

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by omelet1978, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    I think what it is is a standard A/V plug is... Tip/Left, Ring1/Right, Ring2/Video and Sleeve/Ground. And to make it compatible with traditional headphones Apple did it Tip/Left, Ring1/Right, Ring2/Ground and Sleeve/Video. I think that's right. There is a thread in the Mini forum somewhere that has all the pin outs.
     
  2. kylem4711

    kylem4711 New Member

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    Sorry for bumping an old thread, but I am pretty clueless with this stuff.

    Is this still the best option?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Western-Digital-TV-Live-Plus-Composite-AV-Cable-/370675838597

    Is it still the only option? I am really hoping to get the best quality possible so i would think it would mean at least component cables and not composite.

    unfortunately, i only have the roamio base, so i know that i do not have THAT many options.

    any help would be appreciated.
     
  3. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    The Roamio Basic does not have component outs. Only Composite and stereo audio.
    I connect my SlingBox 350 to a TiVo Mini since that has component outs using the breakout cables. The Roamio Basic only has one port for the breakout cables which can only accommodate the composite out and stereo audio. While the Mini has two ports to accommodate the composite and stereo audio with one port, and component with the other.
     
  4. kylem4711

    kylem4711 New Member

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    I appreciate the help. I have a mini too. which cable do you use? happen to have a link?
     
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  6. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    Yes I ordered one of those for each of my Minis. Each order comes with two breakout cables, one for component and one with composite and stereo audio. So Component is connected to my Slingbox 350 for video and the stereo audio goes to my Slingbox 350 for audio.
     
  7. omelet1978

    omelet1978 Member

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    I'd like to stream in HD. I'm about to move and be living in two places, so I'd like the slingbox 350 and Tivo Roamio video picture be as clear as possible. Is there a cable that can do this? I also have a tivo mini.
     
  8. aaronwt

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    Not if it's a Romaio Basic. The only analog video output the Roamio BAsic has is composite video.

    If it's a Roamio Plus, Roamio Pro, or TiVo Mini then you can get HD to the Slingbox 350 with component cables. There is no way to do this with the Roamio basic unless you have some device that can convert the HDMI output to component.

    EDIT: I missed that you had the TiVo Mini. USe the TiVo mini with the Slingbox 350. This is what I do with mine. You can buy your own compatible cables or just purchase these

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

    from Tivo.

    It comes with two A/V breakout cables. One with Component RGB and a second one with composite and stereo audio. Connect the component and stereo audio to the Slingbox 350 inputs. My TiVo Mini works great with my Slingbox 350 using those cables from TiVo.
     
  9. omelet1978

    omelet1978 Member

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    Will the AV breakout cables stream in HD?
     
  10. rainwater

    rainwater Active Member

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    Yes, if you buy the component breakout cables. But only the Mini supports those. The base Roamio only supports composite breakout cables.
     
  11. omelet1978

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    I'm looking at the back of the roamio plus. The mini and the regular roamio have av ports but it looks like the plus has regular HD component cable outputs. It doesn't look like the AV Breakout kit really applies here.
     

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  12. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    You only need the A/V breakout cables for the TiVo Mini and the Roamio BAsic. And the Roamio BAsic can only use the composite and stereo audio breakout cable. The Roamio Pro and Plus have female RCA connectors for the component, stereo audio, and composite outputs.
     
  13. confinoj

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    This is very frustrating. I cut the cord and currently use a Tivo HD for OTA HD and a slingbox 350 to send video to other rooms via a Mac or AppleTV through an ipad/airplay. It works well with very good HD video quality. Basically I'm stuck with an older Tivo with no upgrade path using this setup unless I want to sacrifice video quality on the slingbox. Tivo Stream does not allow airplay so I could not get video onto another TV in the house. Any other options to get HD video sent to other devices/TV's?
     
  14. aaronwt

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    Get the Roamio Basic and also get a TiVo Mini to connect to the Slingbox 350. Then you will be able to still get HD to the Slingbox using the component outs of the Mini.
     
  15. confinoj

    confinoj New Member

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    Yes, I guess that's an option but somewhat of a cumbersome setup with another monthly fee. Since my setup works for now I think I'll stick with it.
     
  16. jennfm

    jennfm New Member

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    So, based on the great info above, it sounds like we can connect a slingbox 350 to a Roamio plus or pro with component cables.

    Silly question, can I just set this up connected to my Comcast cable, with no TV? I just want to have the system set up in the US (at a family member's house) and watch the content overseas where we live.

    I don't want to bug them by tapping into their TV watching time. Would this set up work?

    Thanks for any info you may have!
     
  17. midas

    midas I heard that

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    It will work fine as long as Sling has the codes for your cable box. I know someone that's been doing it for years.
     
  18. rjgibson0066

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    So on a base Roamio and a Slingbox 350, it's just the breakout cable from the Roamio A/V out to the Slingbox composite in(s) and your good to go?

    Since my Roamio is connected to my TV via HDMI, there is not need to then connect the slingbox to the TV, correct?
     
  19. midas

    midas I heard that

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    You'll need to connect to your TV for the initial setup. But after that you won't need to be connected.
     
  20. HarperVision

    HarperVision TiVo's Italian Cuz!

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    If you want any HD going into your slingbox you need to use the component breakout cable, NOT the composite!
     

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