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Old 10-16-2013, 04:24 PM   #1
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Component video outputs?

I was checking the Roamio specs, and notice there appears not to be a component video output on the basic Roamio. Can that be correct? So the only way to hook up the video is with an HDMI? I have an older TV with only one HDMI connector, and it is being used by my blu-Ray DVD player. I'm currently using the component connection on my TiVO HD. Am I correct?
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Old 10-16-2013, 04:57 PM   #2
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I was checking the Roamio specs, and notice there appears not to be a component video output on the basic Roamio. Can that be correct? So the only way to hook up the video is with an HDMI? I have an older TV with only one HDMI connector, and it is being used by my blu-Ray DVD player. I'm currently using the component connection on my TiVO HD. Am I correct?
Correct, no component on any of the Roamio's. -- I was wrong about this.

I would suggest a new TV

Or you could either manually unplug the HDMI to the TV input....or look into an HDMI switch.

EDIT: Sorry...I was wrong above. HDMI only on the basic. The Plus/Pro have HDMI, Component and Composite

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Old 10-16-2013, 05:01 PM   #3
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Correct, no component on any of the Roamio's.
Actually, the Plus and Pro models have component video + stereo outputs, the Basic has an "A/V" output that can be used with a breakout cable for composite only. I'm using my Pro component output to feed my Slingbox 350.
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Old 10-16-2013, 05:03 PM   #4
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Actually, the Plus and Pro models have component video + stereo outputs, the Basic has an "A/V" output that can be used with a breakout cable for composite only.
Here I am with a Roamio Plus and sure enough it has component. Only HDMI/composite on the basic.

Sorry for the misinformation.

http://www.tivo.com/assets/pdfs/welc...ere_poster.pdf

http://www.tivo.com/assets/pdfs/welc...ere_poster.pdf

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Old 10-17-2013, 09:45 AM   #5
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Here I am with a Roamio Plus and sure enough it has component. Only HDMI/composite on the basic.

Sorry for the misinformation.

http://www.tivo.com/assets/pdfs/welc...ere_poster.pdf

http://www.tivo.com/assets/pdfs/welc...ere_poster.pdf

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Thanks for the info...I took a look at the back of the basic unit...it appears that the composite output is marked A/V. How would you hook up audio with that one connection? I have my current TiVO HD hooked up to an audio receiver to output cable music stations to other rooms. How would I do that with only one connection (silly questions abound...)?
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Thanks for the info...I took a look at the back of the basic unit...it appears that the composite output is marked A/V. How would you hook up audio with that one connection? I have my current TiVO HD hooked up to an audio receiver to output cable music stations to other rooms. How would I do that with only one connection (silly questions abound...)?
Do you not want to use the Digital Audio (Optical) out for audio? Or maybe you can't?

For using the A/V connection, Tivo does sell a breakout kit that will take that 1 connection to either composite with audio or just component video:

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

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I was checking the Roamio specs, and notice there appears not to be a component video output on the basic Roamio. Can that be correct? So the only way to hook up the video is with an HDMI? I have an older TV with only one HDMI connector, and it is being used by my blu-Ray DVD player. I'm currently using the component connection on my TiVO HD. Am I correct?
Have you thought about buying a cheap HDMI switch? Then you don't have to worry about component video.
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Do you not want to use the Digital Audio (Optical) out for audio? Or maybe you can't?

For using the A/V connection, Tivo does sell a breakout kit that will take that 1 connection to either composite with audio or just component video:

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

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I would (and do now) use the optical for TiVO audio, but I also use the composite audio output - my audio system will not output digital audio.
I checked out the "kit" - it's hard to tell, but, on the audio cord, isn't it simply splitting whatever is being output in two, and wouldn't a cheap-o Radio Shack splitter do the same thing (I would not need video cords)?
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Have you thought about buying a cheap HDMI switch? Then you don't have to worry about component video.
Was not aware there was an HDMI "switch." Is it simply a splitter?
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I would (and do now) use the optical for TiVO audio, but I also use the composite audio output - my audio system will not output digital audio.
I checked out the "kit" - it's hard to tell, but, on the audio cord, isn't it simply splitting whatever is being output in two, and wouldn't a cheap-o Radio Shack splitter do the same thing (I would not need video cords)?
It splits it into three, not two. You get Audio Left, Audio Right, and composite video.
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Was not aware there was an HDMI "switch." Is it simply a splitter?
No it's a switch enabling "switching" between two (or more depending on the switch) sources to one output.
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Do you not want to use the Digital Audio (Optical) out for audio? Or maybe you can't?

For using the A/V connection, Tivo does sell a breakout kit that will take that 1 connection to either composite with audio or just component video:

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

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The AV connection on the basic is composite video and left/right audio only. It does not output component video. Only the mini has 2 separate 1/8" breakout jacks, one for composite with audio (yellow) and the other for component (green).
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The AV connection on the basic is composite video and left/right audio only. It does not output component video. Only the mini has 2 separate 1/8" breakout jacks, one for composite with audio (yellow) and the other for component (green).
After looking at the start sheet, it looks like the basic doesn't even have the A/V port....just a composite connection.

So unlike the Mini, the basic can't use the breakout kit. Looks like they assume people would use either HDMI or if needed the optical for audio.

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After looking at the start sheet, it looks like the basic doesn't even have the A/V port....just a composite connection.

So unlike the Mini, the basic can't use the breakout kit. Looks like they assume people would use either HDMI or if needed the optical for audio.

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The composite output they're talking about IS the AV port!
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The composite output they're talking about IS the AV port!
Yeah what's confusing is the Tivo Start Guide I posted the link for above. That shows it labeled as a Composite port, not A/V, which I assumed was the typical yellow video connection.

But the images I see online from other sites that show the actual Tivo show it labeled as an A/V port and it's the 1/8" jack.

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