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Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by magnus, Jan 1, 2008.

When more information is available.... which box would you choose?

  1. DigitalSTREAM D2A1D10/D2A1D20

    10 vote(s)
    9.3%
  2. Zenith DTT900

    45 vote(s)
    42.1%
  3. Magnavox TB100MW9

    10 vote(s)
    9.3%
  4. Philco TB150HH9

    3 vote(s)
    2.8%
  5. MicroGEM MG2000

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Sansonic FT300RT

    4 vote(s)
    3.7%
  7. MaxMedia MMDTVB03

    2 vote(s)
    1.9%
  8. Apex DT1001

    3 vote(s)
    2.8%
  9. ECHOSTAR TR-40

    35 vote(s)
    32.7%
  10. AMTC AT-2016

    1 vote(s)
    0.9%
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  1. May 2, 2008 #361 of 468
    magnus

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    Ok, but as I stated before... I know that. BUT.... if you choose cable and ATT Uverse it DOES match. You just have to choose a zip code in your area that has ATT Uverse... be a little creative. I used AOL TV listings to find a zip that had ATT Uverse.

    This is the only way that I have found for it to work.... there may be others but if you want it to work now then you should try this.


     
  2. May 3, 2008 #362 of 468
    bgiannes

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    magnus

    last night i gave it a big try, i used a city zip next to me, that has att home cable, the lineup was good, but there was NO LG reciever box on the list! and the zeinth one wouldnt work, so close.... i think getting an RCA is the go?

    anyone tryed a RCA?
     
  3. May 3, 2008 #363 of 468
    magnus

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    Ok, but I think you can grab the code for the one that you used for satellite (LG I guess is the one you're saying works). And then setup for cable with another box (zenith) then change the code after the fact (to the LG code).

    I'm sure there is a way to make this work.

     
  4. May 4, 2008 #364 of 468
    GT1Boy

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    Well, the TiVo's IR blaster won't change channels correctly on the RCA DTA800B box either due to the leading zeros. I picked up the RCA CECB yesterday from Walmart with my second coupon. I was still hoping that I'd be able to use the DirecTV channel lineup for my local channels since they all match the broadcast channels and are not remapped like those from the cable company.

    I decided to take magnus's advice and try to find a cable channel lineup from one of several cable companies in the Portland area by searching different zip codes for nearby towns via http://tvlistings.aol.com. I was finally able to find a small cable company on the fringes of the Portland, OR metro area that had 7 out of 8 channels in their lineup using the same channel number as its OTA number. The only one that isn't correct is 49 MyNetworkTV which is channel 13 on their cable lineup. It's still not perfect but it's good enough for my kids' TiVo. (For those in Portland, OR that are trying to do the same thing, choose zip 97325 Country Cablevision during guided setup.)

    BTW, the Insignia/Zenith boxes are much nicer than the RCAs. The RCAs only have two aspect modes, letterbox and cropped and the settings are not saved per channel. Also there is no dedicated button on the RCA remote to change aspect. I haven't noticed the sound issue with the Insignia yet that others have mentioned.

    Thanks for your help magnus.
     
  5. May 5, 2008 #365 of 468
    bgiannes

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    i got my Tivo2 changing channels working with the Insignia box, did a cable setup and selected a Zenith cable box set to no zero, w/ enter and i changed the IR code to 10075-B.

    Only problem is that all the cable company line ups i've tryed are only good up to channel 13.


    so i'm still hunting for a good lineup, thnx for the link gt1boy

    thanks for your help magnus
     
  6. May 5, 2008 #366 of 468
    magnus

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    Just keep popping in zip codes in your area until you find ATT Uverse. Check the local version vs this location in Dallas area.

    Location that I used
    http://tvlistings.aol.com/listings/tx/cedar-hill/atandt-home-entertainment-u-verse-standard?hid=TX66409&zipcode=75104&tab=grid

    Where to find locations in your area, maybe there are other sites to find this

    http://www.dslreports.com/gmaps/uverse

     
  7. May 6, 2008 #367 of 468
    bgiannes

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    i found a city close-by with ATT Uverse, and setup the tivo. Only one channel was missing from there lineup, and four channels where out of range of my antenna. (it's funny now cable companies are in some zips and not others, even within the same city next to each other?)

    so it's all working...

    ps, gt1boy i did read a review on the RCA Rx they did said it was very basic and ugly.
     
  8. May 6, 2008 #368 of 468
    magnus

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    I thought we were looking for functionality. :D

     
  9. May 7, 2008 #369 of 468
    kagi.anirik

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    When I went through the guided setup, the TIVO asked which settings to use, with one leading zero, or multiple - I chose one, tested each configuration, following the Tivo's on screen instructions, and didn't have any problem. The DTA800 box is the only one I found that stands up on the side, perfect for sticking in that corner where I don't have to see it, and the IR blaster off the TIVO means I never have to see the box myself.

    For those in the Los Angeles area, choose 90001 for your zip, ATT Uverse for your cable, RCA for your box, and follow the configuring options and within a half hour, you should be good to go.
     
  10. May 8, 2008 #370 of 468
    chris_boston

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    Well, I finally went out and bought a Zenith DTX9900 and got things to work as described above.

    For those in the Boston area, the settings that I used were:
    Zip Code: 02215
    Provider: Boston University

    My only remaining question is that TiVo doesn't seem to be able to send an "Enter" with the 10075-B code that everyone else is suggesting, even though I have the configuration set up to send "Enter" after the channel number.
    Is anyone else facing a similar problem?

    It's not a big deal; it just means that when TiVo changes channel, it doesn't go into effect for a couple of seconds. The main impact is only that when I hit channel up, I have to be careful not to hit channel up again until the previous channel up "goes through".
     
  11. May 9, 2008 #371 of 468
    Soapm

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    How does this work with the S2 DT Tivo's? I Tivo currently controls one box, will it be able to control two if I buy one of these?

    ps... How do I know which box works in my area?
     
  12. May 9, 2008 #372 of 468
    classicsat

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    The S2DTs can only control one box, period.

    Any of the boxes that are claimed to work should work anywhere.
     
  13. May 9, 2008 #373 of 468
    gastrof

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    Potato and pen.

    The Dual Tuner TiVos aren't meant for OverTheAir reception. They were made to work with cable and satellite only.

    If your TiVo is currently using a cable box, the digital boxes being discussed will be of no use to you, since they're for OTA use, and you seem to have cable.

    If you want to switch to OTA, however, since the settings used to control the boxes rely on you telling the TiVo it's hooked into cable, since your machine was made to work with cable, you might actually be able to get a DT TiVo receiving OTA television.

    You'll only be able to record one show at a time, however.
     
  14. May 9, 2008 #374 of 468
    Soapm

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    I read that several times and can't figure out what you said???


    I hope Comcast does develop these dongles. If so it would see I can stick one on my second input and be ok.

    http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=146733&site=cdn
     
  15. May 9, 2008 #375 of 468
    bicker

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    The dongle won't address the S2DT issue.
     
  16. May 9, 2008 #376 of 468
    classicsat

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    No dongle will fix the S2DT issue.

    A box the size of a small refrigerator is needed to convert a number of digital channels to analog at once, and properly modulate them on analog cable frequencies.

    As for the Series 2 DT and digital OTA, it will work with the current work around, since the current work around involves faking a cable or satellite lineup.
     
  17. May 9, 2008 #377 of 468
    chris_boston

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    One more kink with the Zenith box:
    If you're sitting on channel "7.1", and the Tivo instructs the box to go to channel 7, the Zenith box is too smart and thinks that the user can't possibly intend for it to go to the same channel, so it goes to channel "7.2".
    I guess whenever they start selling RCA boxes around here again, I'll get one of those instead.
     
  18. May 9, 2008 #378 of 468
    bgiannes

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    mmm.. with my setup i was watching channel 5 (5-1) and i saw the tivo try to change the channel to 5 and it when to channel 50-1?

    Note when channels are changed on the converter a menu of known channels comes up, then you can use the arrows to move to your channel. did the tivo send a IR command that moved the arrow down?
     
  19. May 9, 2008 #379 of 468
    Soapm

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    I guess I misundertood the purpose of the dongle. It looked like it would convert the basic digital channels (non encryptedor HD) to analog.

    I am in a low point in a city with 5 OTA channels that I know of so don't think OTA is even worth the effort. When the day comes I may have to fork out for a S3 and put this one as slave box in the bedroom.
     
  20. May 9, 2008 #380 of 468
    magnus

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