Originally Posted by garek007
hmm, well direct tv is only 25 per month and I pay 15 for the tivo service. I may just take it back for now and get direct tv. Maybe in two years the technology will have gotten better...
I dont know where you got the $25 price for Directv, but I can assure you, in the two year contract period you will have to sign up for, the prices are going to be WAY over $25. It will also only carry the "big 6" networks, so you wont get all those subchannels with DirecTv at all.
There are various reasons the TV might be picking up more stations:
The TV has better multipath rejection (inside and omnidirectional antennas are terrible at picking up multipath)
The signal is actually to strong for the Tivo (add a splitter between the coax and the Tivo and see if it gets more or less stations).
The signal on the missing stations is below the Tivo's tuner threshold after its 4 way split. (Add a variable gain amplifier to your antenna)
Marginal signals on farther stations (put a 4 bay bow tie antenna in a closet, attic, or preferably outside)
You got a Tivo with a bad splitter or OTA tuner (exchange it through Tivo)
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Any station not listed as LOS (line of sight) will require a better than indoor antenna for optimum reception. If the missing stations are listed as 1 edge or 2 edge, you will really benefit from a good antenna as high as possible. If your stations are in multiple directions, you are really not going to have much luck as no DVR I am aware of, is capable of controlling an antenna rotor, and omnidirectional antennas are difficult at best to optimise for all the stations.