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TiVo PremiereXL OTA without subscription?

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by 44Buck, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. 44Buck

    44Buck New Member

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    Is it possible to get HD OTA channels without paying a subscription fee. I would like to watch HD OTA channels thru my projector & I'm not looking to record anything or use any other special functions.

    Thanks
     
  2. 44Buck

    44Buck New Member

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    to get to the OTA channels? I get stuck at the internet connection which I do not have.
     
  3. 44Buck

    44Buck New Member

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    I do have access to a dial-up connection but am wondering if I need a tivo phone adapter for that.
     
  4. S3-2501

    S3-2501 New Member

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    The Premiere only supports broadband internet (via Ethernet or Tivo USB adapter) unless you have their proprietary dial-up adapter.

    A new Premiere will give you about a week trial period to set it up and try it without service. If you are using it for OTA use, after that it will only function like a dumb tuner. You can change channels, but there will be no new guide information, you cannot rewind, pause, etc. and you cannot record anything.

    If all you want is to view HD OTA TV on a projector, you'd be better off looking for a stand-alone tuner with HD output. Something like this.
     
  5. 44Buck

    44Buck New Member

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    I've been looking for a stand alone tuner for weeks but they all seem to be discontinued. I followed your link & the model listed was out of stock. Fortunately they have a higher end model (PHD-8VX $186) that is available & I just ordered it. I had just purchased the TiVo Premiere from amazon but didn't realize all the hoops you had to go through just to use it as an OTA receiver. I will now be sending it back & hope my long, extensive search for a standalone HD tuner is over.

    Thank you so much for leading me in the right direction.
     
  6. S3-2501

    S3-2501 New Member

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    I'm glad you seem to have found what you've been looking for. :) Stand alone tuners are hard to come by now that every TV sold has a tuner built-in. I had good luck many years ago with an earlier generation box that I bought from epvision back before I got my first Tivo, so hopefully your experience with them will be a positive one as well.
     
  7. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    Wouldn't a digital TV antenna converter box be cheaper?
     
  8. S3-2501

    S3-2501 New Member

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    It would be cheaper, but it would only output SD composite video and stereo sound.
     
  9. tedrik

    tedrik New Member

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    I wish i had waited-purchased 2 premiers in the last 2 weeks. The receiver that you ordered for $186.00 is the guide permanent (free) without a subscription? I didn't see any info about having a fee-I guess that's your point (reason for the tuner vs. TIVO) I still have time to return the TIVO,s-just wondering what benefits I would be losing. Why wouldn't everyone be buying those digital receivers instead of a TIVO!?

    Ahh- I see that only the PHD-VRX for $229.95 performs similar to the TIVO-and I don't see any requirement for a monthly fee making it seem like a good alternative to a TIVO- I could use it on one of our HDTV's, that has no internal tuner(Only use it for blu-ray and streaming) (HD Monitor). Glad I stumbled onto this thread!
     
  10. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay

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    Mostly for its DVR capabilities, amongst a few other features like Netflix, etc.
     
  11. S3-2501

    S3-2501 New Member

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    The ATSC standard used for broadcasting digital TV in the US supports the inclusion of program information in the broadcast data. Stand-alone tuners, tuners built into TVs and digital converter boxes should all support displaying this data. Not all stations broadcast their guide data, and those who do may only broadcast information for the next few hours of programming. Since the data (if available) is in the broadcast signal, there is no charge for it.

    The DTV Pal converter box had the ability to present the available broadcast guide data in a way that roughly mimics the way a Tivo presents it, but most tuners/receivers will just display what is on at the time if you press the appropriate button on the remote.

    Tivo lacks the ability to display the broadcast guide data, and requires the downloaded data from Tribune that you only get with a paid Tivo subscription.
     
  12. L David Matheny

    L David Matheny Active Member

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    There are other devices that will simulate a network connection over a dial-up connection, such as:
    3COM 3C886A OfficeConnect 56K LAN Modem (eBay)
    Motorola Netopia 3366C-ENT 4-Port 10/100 Wired Router (eBay)
    I've never actually tried to use a 3366C with a TiVo, but I suspect it would be more difficult to set up than the 3C886A. Using either of these would surely be an act of desperation by someone too far away from civilization to get either DSL or cable Internet. I think both units are no longer produced.
     
  13. 44Buck

    44Buck New Member

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    Yes..I ordered the $186 receiver because I do not need recording capabilities, even though I realize for another $40 the PHD-VRX does record. Both are much better deals than going thru TiVo.

    Very hard to find stand alone tuners these days...thanks to the poster who lead me in the right direction.
     

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