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  1. moose53

    moose53 New Member

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    Connect an old (very old television) with AV cables to BOTH a Tivo Premiere and a Roku??

    The Tivo's been working fine since last Fall.

    I found a Roku on Craigslist for a good price and thought I'd try hooking it up; but, there is the whole cable limitation issue.

    Anyone got any ideas?? Kind of hard to do a Google search when I don't know what I'm looking for :p

    Thanks.

    Barb
     
  2. Arcady

    Arcady Stargate Fan

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    If you only have one AV input on the TV, you could either get a switchbox to switch between the two devices, or you could plug one device into the line input on the TV and connect the other to the antenna input using an RF modulator.
     
  3. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

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    I bought a few of the really great analog switch boxes from Radio Shack, since discontinued. It converts S-Video to/from composite. It's even got a remote learning feature so it will switch to teh input when you press a button like power up.

    You want a composite video switch.

    Wow. They are hard to find these days. Monoprice has none.
    http://www.amazon.com/Cables-To-Go-28750-Composite/dp/B0032ANC8M/ref=pd_cp_e_0
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/16606752?...1=g&wl2=&wl3=13694717710&wl4=&wl5=pla&veh=sem
     
  4. unitron

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    What's the RS model number?
     
  5. ramblinche81

    ramblinche81 New Member

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    Go to amazon and look at piggyback RCA cables which allow two inputs to a single port.

    Think of it like a reverse splitter.
     
  6. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    That would require unplugging the TiVo from the wall socket when you want to run the Roku to keep the outputs of both from being fed in to the TV simultaneously.

    This is really a job for a switch and not a Y cable.

    Or an older AV receiver that does switching.

    Check Craigslist for either, and if there's a local video game store that takes equipment trade-ins, see if they might have a switch as well.
     
  7. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    Or putting the TiVo in standby.

    BTW, I think piggybacking cables is a terrible solution. There is a possibility of damaging your TiVo, Roku, and/or TV. A cheap switch is much better.
     
  8. wmcbrine

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    A couple of devices I have are technically s-video switches, but they'll also switch composite. (Of course, s-video is being phased out...)
     
  9. moose53

    moose53 New Member

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    Thanks. I appreciate your help and your suggestions.
     

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