Can a TiVo Series 3 work with both a OTA antenna and 2 cable cards?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by jacob_coulter, Apr 27, 2016.

  1. jacob_coulter

    jacob_coulter New Member

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    So I have a lifetime series 3 and want to try cutting the cord from my cable provider.

    But I wanted to "stage it" and see how I liked it before formally ending my cable subscription.

    But it seems the unit won't let me use "both" at the same time. I get an error message saying it won't let me proceed.

    I'm getting the impression I have to remove my cable cards and only use the antenna.

    Is that correct?

    What am I doing wrong?
     
  2. justen_m

    justen_m Cheesehead TCF Club

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    I used mine with OTA and a single cable card (M-Card). You, however, have two cable cards, and I've got no experience with that. Sorry.
     
  3. jacob_coulter

    jacob_coulter New Member

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    Okay, that helps. Thanks.

    If you add an antenna, do you go first to guided setup? Do you lose all of your recording info?

    How do you tell the TiVo which to use? Antenna or Cable for which channels?

    thanks again
     
  4. dswallow

    dswallow Save the ModeratŠ¾r TCF Club

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    I've used two S-card CableCARDS in a Series 3 and an antenna. Guided setup will lead you through setting what is active. You won't lose recordings going through guided setup. It does reset guide information, but forcing a few connections to TiVo over the network after it's all done will get that handled quicker than waiting a day for it to happen on its own schedule.

    OTA channels all have a "-" in them; they'll be alongside any similarly numbered channels available via the CableCARD... for example, a channel 7-1 and a channel 7 can coexist, the latter being a cable channel, the former being an ATSC channel. You can remove any channels from the "channels I receive" list just like you can do with cable channels.

    You may need to adjust OnePass info if any were associated with one channel and now you want them associated with a different one.
     
  5. jacob_coulter

    jacob_coulter New Member

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    Any idea what I was doing wrong that it wasn't allowing me to add the antenna?

    Were some S3 Tivos different and didn't allow an antenna with cable cards installed?
     
  6. dswallow

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    https://support.tivo.com/SupportPor...Setup_Configuration/Guided-Setup-Series3-DVRs

    1) Begin Guided Setup: Review service terms, activate service (if necessary), and enter your ZIP code.

    2) Choose your TV programming source:
    * Choose cable only if you are using basic cable or CableCARDs.
    * Choose cable & antenna if you are using basic cable or CableCARDs and a digital antenna.
    * Choose antenna only if you are only using a digital antenna as your programming source.

    NOTE: If you are waiting for cable service, choose cable only (or cable & antenna if you have an antenna).
     
  7. jacob_coulter

    jacob_coulter New Member

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    Thanks, I'll give it a try.

    Not sure what I was doing incorrectly but last time I attempted it wouldn't let me.
     
  8. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    Do you already have 2 cable cards (assuming a TCD648250B here, which has to have either 2 S cards or 2 M cards) installed and paired and working properly?
     

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