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    James7348

    James7348 New Member

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    Been having problems with my Roamio losing channels and ones I do get sometimes breaking up. Spoke to one of their techs and he said I need an antenna that can deal with the multiple tuners, but he couldn't recommend one. Can any one suggest a digital antenna that will work well with the TiVO?
     
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    ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    Any antenna will work. There is no such thing as an antenna for multiple tuners only, they all do the same. It has to do with the signal strength. It would be slightly weaker as its split within the Roamio 4-6 tuners compared to a TV which only has 1 tuner.
     
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    Broadcast TV is undergoing something called "repack" where many stations need to change to different frequencies. This often means different antennas and periods of lower-power operation from temporary antennas mounted lower on the towers. There are not enough tower crews to handle all the stations at the same time and COVID has mage it worse. Research the specific stations in question.
    This whole repack thrash was to make room for more cell frequencies.
     
  4. Rick_E

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    Yes, TV channels breaking up is a sign the signal to the TiVo is not strong enough, particularly if being split between multiple tuners. You don't say what type of antenna you are using, but here are some guidelines in case they may help you.

    For locations relatively close to transmitting towers with the antenna mounted outside, I've had good luck with small antennas such as the "Solid Signal Xtreme Signal HDB2X High Definition Indoor/Outdoor 2-Bay VHF/UHF Antenna" for $27.95 on Amazon.

    More tips: Use a high quality RG-6 cable, which will reduce signal loss from the antenna to your TiVo.

    Avoid passive splitters, such as those used to run the signal to a second TV.

    Weak marginal signals are usually not helped by "signal boosters" because they add in even more noise. On the other hand, if you have a strong clean signal you need to split several ways, a quality distribution amp may help.

    Antennas placed inside the house are hampered by the signal having to pass through walls and other construction materials. This is particularly true for channels transmitting on the UHF frequencies, which most are nowdays. Antennas placed in the attic may work better, but the signal may still be reduced by as much as 50% by having to pass through outside walls and other construction materials such as roofs and foil-backed insulation. Antennas mounted outside usually work the best even if they are not very high, for example strapped to a chimney.

    Hope this helps.

    Rick
     
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    I have the same problem since WLUK Green Bay 11-1,-2,-3 did the frequency change. Called TiVo support and said since I tried all options was to send mine back and they would send a refurb out for $25 and $199 for transfer lifetime guide. Also said no guarantee if this would resolve issue. No return. I wonder if a system rollback would help. Signal strength is 72% and al other channels at same strength and no problems.. Worked fine before frequency change too.
     
  6. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    No rollback will work in this case. Only thing to do is to report the new frequency change for the station. You need to include the frequency while tuned in LiveTV, from diagnostics.

    Tivo Customer Support Community

    The last major frequency change here was on Apr 29th, most got fixed in about 3 days.
     
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    I went to the frequency number in diagnostics with TiVo support and they said nothing and still no work. Do I need the frequency from my local station WLUK and give that to TiVo? so they can change that out on my Roamio ?
     
  8. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    If you gave it to them the frequency from the working station, then you just need to wait 3+ days. It is not instantaneous.
     
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    thanks will try that.....finally will get this to work with your help ! will report back later.......
     
  10. James7348

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    Thanks for information. I was going through a box of old cables and such and found an old Archer two-way amplifier I bought years ago for something else and figured worth a try so hooked it up to my latest digital antenna, inside house, and then did channel scan. TiVo picked up more channels than I've ever gotten and all coming in sharp and clear.
     
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    Best place for an amplifer is as close the the antenna as possible.
     
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  13. brobin

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    I use an 8 bowtie array in the attic under a concrete tile roof with a Channel Master amplifier at the antenna with excellent results. All the local station antennas are pretty much 50 miles due north of my location. The most important piece of the installation was properly aiming the antenna. A difference of even a few degrees one way or the other made a huge difference. Check out antennasdirect.com for aiming info for your address.
     
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  14. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    The antenna is not the issue when the station changes frequencies. You can receive the station on the new frequency, but there would be no guide on the Tivo.
     
  15. Rick_E

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    After a channel changes frequencies, you may need to do a rescan and place a check in the box for the new channel entry. For a while the obsolete entry in the channel list will have a * beside it.
     
  16. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    The new scanned channel will have the *, not the old one. Its noted on the Channels list. * = Scanned channel.
     
  17. Rick_E

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    Thanks I stand corrected! :)
     

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