Can I run setup guide for Antenna without losing Cable card pairing?

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  1. jayplus101

    jayplus101 New Member

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    Can I run setup guide for Antenna (just to try it out) without losing Cable card pairing?

    Background: I own a TiVo Roamio with cable card (Fios). No issues with TiVo on Fios. I am considering cutting cable and keeping the Roamio (lifetime) for OTA service. I want to run the setup guide with an antenna to see how well the Roamio is able to pick up local channels. I want to do this just as a trial, I plan to re-run the setup guide again with the cable card. Will I lose my cable card pairing if I do this? I do not want to mess with cable card pairing because I know how much of a headache it can be.

    The reason I want to run the OTA setup guide (as a trial) is because I had issues with the Roamio picking up OTA channels at another location. The OTA tuner on the TV was able to pick up the same channels with no issues. At that time, I concluded that the 4-tuners were splitting the signal strength enough to render the service unreliable.

    Fast forward to now. I've always had TiVo with Fios at this location. Now I want to try OTA again. I am able to pick up OTA channels well enough now with the TV tuner, but I am concerned I will run into the same problem with signal strength on the TiVo. I want to test it out before ditching cable entirely. I am concerned about messing with the cable card pairing.
     
  2. ciscokid

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    I did EXACTLY this. Running one setup update will not erase what you already have. In fact it will reset your TV channels to OTA and change your one pass settings to the appropriate OTA channels (wherever possible). I suggest you re-check your one pass settings to ensure that they are correct. A few of mine got messed up. I switched back to cable recently, a few years later and did the exact same thing with no problems.
     
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  3. jayplus101

    jayplus101 New Member

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    Thanks for responding!
    I ran the guided setup to make the switch to OTA (temporarily as a trial). Just as you said would happen, Tivo automatically updated the cable channels to the equivalent OTA stations, so my network TV recordings continued without any issues. After trying it out for a few days and getting signal drops on different stations, I concluded that I need to upgrade to a better antenna before officially cutting the cord. I am not ready to drop Fios just yet. So, I ran the guided setup again with the cable card (which I never took out), and it picked up all cable channels without having to re-pair the cable card.
     
  4. IraF

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    That's good to know. I want to try a similar thing.

    In addition, I just want to check that TiVo won't delete any existing programs you've recorded and saved when you switch to OTA (and back).

    Oh, and would the 4 OTA tuners work the same as they have with cable? So the functionality - recording up to 4 shows at once, being able to switch between the tuners, pause and rewind while viewing, all of that is the same?
     
  5. jayplus101

    jayplus101 New Member

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    No worries about existing recordings. They will NOT be deleted. Just make sure you select "repeat guided setup" only, do not select any other option on the Help menu because those may result in deleted settings/recordings.

    Yes, you will be able to use all 4 tuners. The functionality is exactly the same as with the cable card. Obviously less channels but I think the picture quality is better on OTA than on cable.
     
  6. IraF

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    Excellent! Many thanks.
     

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