Originally Posted by stevenll
Hi, my parents pretty much only watch one local channel (26-1).
I connected a Comcast coaxial cable directly to the Seiki 22" LED TV, which has a digital tuner.
I did a channel scan and it picks up channel 26-1 and my parents are able to watch the channel.
We canceled Comcast (no more Comcast service), but are able to pick up channel 26-1 using the coaxial cable.
Now I am trying to connect a Tivo Series 2.
I connected the Comcast coaxial cable to the top coaxial connection on the back of the tivo. I also connected the red/white/yellow cables from the TV to the back of the tivo.
I ran guided setup using the various options of "antenna", "cable", "satellite" and I don't get any video, only black screen.
Any ideas? Thank you.
If you are still using the cable (the actual coaxial cable) that you used to get Comcast service over, then that probably constitutes theft of service.
Granted, when you cancelled they should have come out and disconnected you from their system and maybe they just haven't gotten around to it yet, but technically (and legally) you aren't entitled to their service if you aren't paying for it.
That's for the TV part of your post.
As for the TiVo part, a Series 2 TiVo, any of the Series 2 TiVos, is an older model from before broadcast television stations switched over from analog to digital (back when there might have been a channel 26, but there wouldn't have been a 26.1, or 26.2), and before a lot of cable companies were offering digital channels and back when most of them were still offering analog channels.
Analog broadcast, called OTA (over the air) and analog cable used the same modulation scheme, so the same tuner could be used for both.
But nowadays OTA is digital, not analog, so your Series 2 can't tune those channels, and apparently your Comcast service (which technically isn't yours anymore) doesn't offer analog channels anymore, or they would have been detected during your attempts at Guided Setup.
And your Series 2 won't tune digital cable channels.
If whatever 26.1 is in your area is an OTA channel (where is your area, roughly?), you might be able to connect to the TiVo one of what were called coupon boxes (because of the government subsidized $40 coupons with which to partially pay for them) which were made to let people with older TVs with only analog tuners still use them to watch the new digital OTA stations.
You tune the TV to channel 3 or 4 (kind of like the old days of using a cable box or VCR) and the coupon box tunes in the OTA channel you select with its remote and sends it out to the TV as an analog channel 3 or 4 signal.
I think some of the S2s can utilize some of the coupon boxes to receive OTA channels.
Of course you'll have to have some sort of antenna to connect to the coupon box.
Here's an article that explains coupon boxes
which are a subset of the items known as digital television adapters, or DTAs
(There's a thing called a Tuning Adapter--TA--that is required when using non-cable company leased digital cable receiving equipment like TiVos in some circumstances, and it doesn't apply to your situation and shouldn't be confused with DTAs)
What model S2 do you have? (It's on the sticker on the back where the power cord plugs in)
Does it have a lifetime subscription? (What TiVo calls Product Lifetime Service)