Can i use my Tivo with only the Dig Antena?

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by occraig, May 23, 2011.

  1. occraig

    occraig New Member

    Jul 8, 2007
    I am selling my other tivo and a person asked me on ebay if you can use a Tivo HD with only a Digital Antena?

    they would have to have at least basic cable right?
  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

    Apr 6, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    Yes, you can use any antenna with a Tivo HD. Tivo Series 3/HD/XL and the Premiere/XL has separate coax input for cable and antenna and they can both be connected at the same time or either at any time.

    I use mine with a rooftop antenna.
  3. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

    Aug 2, 2003
    Yes, absolutely you can.*

    No, not right at all.

    * Note: There is no such thing as a "digital antenna", except perhaps for marketing purposes. A TV antenna is a TV antenna. The TiVo HD will work with rabbit ears, your ancient rooftop antenna, etc.
  4. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    Dayton OH
    (....continuing) True but there is a difference between UHF and VHF antenna elements -- VHF elements are larger, frequently very similar to the old rabbit ears while UHF elements are compact. Here is an excerpt from the FAQ at
    Thus in most cases you can use the cheaper and more compact UHF-only antennas.
    To explore antenna requirements for your location go to or . This will tell you whether any stations you care about are VHF.
  5. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

    Aug 31, 2003
    Well, almost. There is no such thing as a "digital antenna". There is, however, a difference between an antenna designed for use in the VHF band vs. one designed for the UHF band. There are also wide defferences between low gain and high gain antennas.
  6. kathpdx

    kathpdx New Member

    May 27, 2006

    This GREAT to read!! I have been on the fence about getting rid of cable completely... Good to know!
  7. kathpdx

    kathpdx New Member

    May 27, 2006
    What is "pyTivo"?
  8. lastdeadcat

    lastdeadcat 22 years in Alaska

    Mar 14, 2005
    Duvall, WA
    You might even be able to use the "fence." In Viet Nam we used a refrigerator shelf on a pole to ge VHF B&W TV.
  9. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    Dayton OH
  10. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    You could have used the 'fridge shelf as a reflector for UHF elements as well.:)
  11. Series3Sub

    Series3Sub Well-Known Member

    Mar 14, 2010
    Just go to antennaweb and make certain if any of your locals still use the VHF high-band. If so, you will need an antenna that can receive UHF and VHF high band. If not, then a UHF antenna will do.
  12. Resist

    Resist Well-Known Member

    Dec 21, 2003
    I have been wanting to do this for years but unfortunately my area doesn't get many OTA channels. The mountains get in the way.

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