Comcast DTA unboxing

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by rv65, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. bkc56

    bkc56 Designated Grunt

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    I will confirm this.

    When I was setting up my system with the new DTAs (two of them) I was having a lot of trouble. So I removed my 3-way splitter with a different 4-way one (one output unused) and everything started working just fine. The 3-way one was simply not good enough to handle the requirements of the DTAs even though it had worked fine for my Tivos and the TV.
     
  2. DocNo

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    And the cable co's ride the "all digital" wave and worm back into per outlet pricing.

    Nice :p

    I think we can safely say cable card is a COMPLETE failure :mad:

    (not that it wasn't pretty obvious before, but this just makes it stand out even more)
     
  3. oarsman

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    My brother has a Series 2 Tivo in Pittsburgh and Comcast is eliminating analog channels. He's received a Pace DTA and asked me about hooking it up to the Tivo. Have people had good experience using a homemade opto-isolator cable to connect the Tivo output to the DTA IR input jack? Or do the emitters aimed at the remote IR sensor work reliably enough most of the time? I'm debating making a direct cable for him using plans on the web.
    Thanks.
     
  4. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    Many people have successfully used the Gary Gray cable.

    I have done the optoisolator thing on a satellite receiver once.
     
  5. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    When my mom had a S2 with a DTA the OEM emitters would get all pushed around in the tv stand and knocked out of place, but somehow she never missed a recording, ever.
     
  6. jtlytle

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    In Florida, all Comcast subscribers are required to have DTA starting today. I went to Comcast office today to pick up three DTAs ( First three are free). I asked them will this DTA works with TiVo? they said no and suggest me to give up all of my four Tivos with Lifetime subscribers and get Comcast DVR with monthly payment instead!! I told them NO!

    All DTA have remote to change channels. Will it works with our TiVo?? two tuners too?? Please advise!!

    Thanks,

    John
     
  7. SoBelle0

    SoBelle0 Go Big Blue!!

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    I use GGray's cable, with my DTA, and it works perfectly. I do not have two turners on that unit, so I cannot speak to that.

    I can't figure out how to copy a thread link on my pad... But, the thread where I learned about this solution is called IR to IR with Comcast DTA.
     
  8. GGray

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  9. bassque

    bassque New Member

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    Thumbs up on the Mad Money plug...
     
  10. jtlytle

    jtlytle Un-Registered User

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    So all of my Dual TiVos are now Single tuner TiVos ???
     
  11. jtlytle

    jtlytle Un-Registered User

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    Tell me more about Gray's cable, please.
     
  12. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    Yes, your dual tuners become single tuners, because you no longer have analog cable for the analog tuners in the TiVo to use. One tuner becomes the RF tuner for the RF out on the DTA box.

    The Gray canle is basically an active coupler between the TiVo IR out and IR in on the DTA box. You use that instead of the blaster.
     
  13. GGray

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  14. drjlb

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    Is there any way to get an unsubbed S2 to control a DTA? Without it being subbed, I can't re-run guided setup can I? We just use the box for trick play once in a while, and I have no desire to pay the monthly fee (for a year) just to be able to re-run guided setup.
     
  15. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    You can re-run guided setup without subscription just fine.
     
  16. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

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    Even if you had to pay, why would you expect it to be a year? Don't they allow month-to-month subscriptions anymore?
     
  17. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    Yes, but you need to commit for a year. Or you could cancel within 30 days.
     
  18. drjlb

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    Thanks for the replies. Yes, to reactivate this TiVo, the website says I have several options (due to MSD), but they all require a year commitment. I wasn't aware that guided setup would run successfully without service.
     
  19. timeispassing

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    I'm about to rip my hair out. I've read this thread twice and still can't seem to find an answer to my problem. Here's my setup:
    -I've got a Tivo Series 2 Dual Tuner that I can't seem to get working with a Comcast DTA.
    -I also have a Humax Tivo Series 2 with DVD Recorder which works just fine with a Comcast DTA, and there is a Sony VCR in the mix there.
    -Series 3 Tivo with CableCards also working fine.

    I am NOT trying to set up Dual Tuning with the S2DT, I just wanna be able to hook up the IR blasters and watch/record/pause all my Comcast channels which I can normally watch when the DTA is plugged directly into the TV.

    First, I tried hooking the Tivo up to the DTA like so:
    Wall RF->DTA RF->Tivo RF->TV
    Could not get a picture on the TV unless the Tivo was off or in Standby, and in either of those instances, I was able to change the channels using the Comcast DTA Remote.

    I tried performing Guided Setup about 4 times with this setup, changing options like "Cable" to "Cable/Satellite without box," changing the hookup for Tivo->TV from RF to Composite, doing a hard reset of the Tivo, but could never get a picture through the Tivo.


    In another room, I have a Humax Series 2 Tivo with DVD Recorder which is working just fine.

    Here's that setup:
    Wall RF->Comcast DTA RF->Sony VCR RF->Humax Tivo Component->TV
    This setup works absolutely fine!

    So I tried to switch the Humax box for the Tivo S2DT, hoping that because this system has been working fine with the Humax set, maybe it will work with the S2DT.

    The new setup is like this:
    Wall RF->Comcast DTA RF->Sony VCR RF->Tivo Composite->TV
    NO DICE! :(

    So then I switched the VCR from RF output to Composite.
    Wall RF->Comcast DTA RF->Sony VCR Composite->Tivo Composite->TV
    Still nothing.

    I should note that every time I changed a connection, I checked to see if it worked and then ran Guided Setup another time when it didn't. I think I have done Guided Setup about 10 times. :(

    All the while, I am able to tune through the Comcast DTA when the Tivo is off or on standby.

    I completely reset the Tivo (erased everything) and tried again. Still nothing.

    My sister, who gave me the S2DT Tivo, said she had it working at her home plugged directly into the wall with RF and to the TV with RF. [Wall RF->Tivo RF->TV] She only got local channels, and with no internet connection, could not download program guides and thus could only record one half hour at a time.

    Hearing this, I decided to try to recreate that setup here, just to see if maybe I am going absolutely crazy. So here's yet another setup!
    Wall RF->Tivo Composite->TV

    And now the Tivo Guided Setup isn't giving me an option for Cable without a box. When I choose "Cable/Satellite without box," I am asked who my Satellite provider is (options are DirecTV, Dish Network, or Angel Something-Or-Other). Not having a satellite provider, I don't know where to go from here...?

    UPDATE: I went back and chose "Cable" rather than "Cable/Satellite without box" and am now able to get the basic local channels. *shrug*

    This is so frustrating. I must've spent 10 hours working on this by now. My DTAs both work on their own. One works with the Humax Tivo just fine, but neither works with the Tivo Series 2 Dual Tuner. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG? :...(

    My ideal setup would include the DTA, as I'd like to be able to watch/record/pause more than just the local channels, but at this point, anything but a black screen would be an improvement. ANY help/advice I can get from the Tivo Community would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!!
     
  20. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

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    When you redid guided setup to configure the TiVo to use the DTA, did you tell the TiVo that it was connected to a cable box via RF and tell it the correct channel to use (3 or 4, depending on how you have the DTA set)?
     

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