Can I use a cable card and a cable box?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by GeorgeHReme, Aug 20, 2007.

  1. GeorgeHReme

    GeorgeHReme Level 2 Tivo Fairy

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    Quick question:

    JUST GOT MY NEW TIVO (hurray)!

    Wondering: I still have an old digital box around, as well as *one* cable card. Can I use them together to record two shows at once?

    Thanks!

    --George

    --edit-- I know I won't be able to record two HD channels!
     
  2. jfh3

    jfh3 Active Member

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    No.

    The Tivo HD is designed to REPLACE your cable box.

    Even if you wanted to, the only inputs a THD will take are a cable feed and an antenna feed.
     
  3. vstone

    vstone Active Member

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    With one "old" (I assume this is a single stream card) cable card, your Tivo will think it only has one tuner. If you want to use both tuners, your choices with the Tivo HD are: 0 credit cards , 1 multistream credit card, or 2 single stream credit cards.

    Aside: How it would work with 1 multistream cc and 1 single stream cc is probably undefined since it wouldn't be logical to do that.

    If you don't put the cablecard in your Tivo, you could record cable analog and clear QAM digital (but without program guide, etc for the latter) and hook up the output of your digital box to the antenna in put on your Tivo. Then you could tell the Tivo to do a bunch of manual recordings off of OTA channel 3 (or 4), but this would be a huge headache.

    More to the point, a second cable card will likely cost you about half of what the old digital box is costing you. Trade it in!
     
  4. jfh3

    jfh3 Active Member

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    It's very well defined - the box will tell you to remove the unneeded card. :)
     
  5. vstone

    vstone Active Member

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    I'm glad to see that they addressed this case. It would have been very easy to justify ignoring it. It makes a stromg case for Tivo, Inc trying to figure out every way a customer could screw up.
     

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