Originally Posted by richlow
Does TIVO allow me to watch 2 channels at the time? currently my rental SA8300 DVR on cablevision does.. but the unit doesn't work to well.. looking for alternatives..
"Does TIVO allow me to watch
2 channels at the time?
It only outputs one show at a time to the television or video monitor and audio system, but unless you were planning on aiming one eyeball at one TV and the other at another set...
It can be tuned to, and recording, 2 different channels at once, and you can go back and forth between which one appears on the output jacks.
And you can back up either or both by 30 minutes and pause either or both, so you can ping pong back and forth between two shows, like say Leno and Letterman, and skip commercials and manage to see most of both shows.
(and if it's one of the newest models with 4 tuners instead of 2, change the 2 in the sentence above to a 4)
As noted by others, it can simultaneously input more than it can output.
To be picky, while it's outputing video and audio to a TV, it can also be simultaneously sending a copy of something it already recorded to some other TiVo or computer on your home network--if your cable company didn't slap any copy restrictions on stuff from that channel.