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Using 1 tivo with 2 different cable providers

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by swerver, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

    Feb 2, 2006
    I believe DirecTV also uses spot beams so you may be out of luck in that regard if you change locations. If locals are that important then you can get an OTA antenna to pick them up. I don't know if the DirecTV boxes can tune OTA channels, but the older HR10-250 DTivos could. I don't even know if DirecTV would activate them on a current account, but if they would you could pick one up cheap on ebay. They used to charge $5/month for each additional box on the account, but that may have changed since I had it.

    DirecTV may have some sort of setup whereby you can switch your locals when you change locations. A lot of people go south for the winter so I wouldn't be surprised if they have some sort of arrangement for snowbirds.
  2. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2002
    Staunton, VA
    Given the cost, I would just buy them a second used HD with lifetime. They were running around $300-$350 including shipping but it looks like used prices have dropped and quite a few are selling in the $250 range perhaps due to the release of the Roamio.

  3. jmoline

    jmoline New Member

    Sep 14, 2009
    Bradenton, Fl
    I do this with a series 3. Two Cablecards and Comcast in Michigan and Two Cablecards, a Tuning Adapter with Brighthouse in Florida. Just put in the cablecard when you arrive and away you go. Only issue I had was one year when Brighthouse had all kinds of problems and nothing worked. Tech said later something happend in the middle of the summer and almost all the Tivos were broken.
  4. lessd

    lessd Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    This will not work in (most but not all) Comcast land as the data will change on the TiVo hard drive, but if you have one hard drive for FL and one for your other home it will work.

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