Digital Converter Box Coupon Site

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 9, 2008 #381 of 468
    Soapm

    Soapm Active Member

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    Great, so my only real option is to trick it to accepting OTA by using sat settings...

    like I said, I thin it'll make a good stream server for the bedroom...
     
  2. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

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    huh???? :confused: I think you are missing something. Where the heck did you get that???


     
  3. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

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  4. MickeS

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    On the current page it says "TiVo is currently working on a free software update scheduled for release in the Summer of 2008 which will enable most Series2 DVRs* to function with the new converter boxes." Odd that it's not showing for you.
     
  5. gastrof

    gastrof Hubcaps r in fashion

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    Actually, it looks like only the Dual Tuner machines will be stuck with no converter box update. (Did I read that wrong?)

    The Dual Tuner machines weren't meant to work with OTA anyway, so why should DT owners worry or feel left out? The converter boxes are only for OTA use, not digital cable. Digital cable will still be available to DT machines the same way it was before...by way of a cable box.
     
  6. MickeS

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    You read that right. OF COURSE there will not be an OTA converter box solution for the DT units, since they were never intended for OTA. They will continue to have to be used with cable service, the worst case scenario is that they will become single tuner only if the cable company turns off the analog signal at some point. But that's always been the case with those boxes.
     
  7. bicker

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    Great news from TiVo! My S2 burner shall live on!

    Thanks, TiVo!
     
  8. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

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    This is what I see:

    I tried reloading the page and viewing it in a different browser; same result.

    Although this would be a good time to rectify that... granted they can only do single-tuner, but I don't see a reason for the DTs not to support CECBs as well. The only reason they didn't do OTA was to avoid the digital tuner mandate, but that's already been accomplished. I don't think support for an add-on box can affect that status.

    Edit: OK, I ssh'd to freeshell.org and lynx'd the URL. From there, I can see the new page. From here directly (including via lynx), I can't. Weird. Some kind of transparent proxying going on? I'm on Fios BTW.
     
  9. JanellZ71

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    Magnus, thanks for posting the link to the Tivo Digital Antenna Support article. "TiVo is currently working on a free software update scheduled for release in the Summer of 2008 which will enable most Series2 DVRs* to function with the new converter boxes." This is great news. This week, I was trying to locate one of the RCA DTA800B converters at several of the local Wally World stores, but it doesn't appear that they shipped any units to SE WI. My $40 coupon expires near the end of July. In a perfect world, it would be desirable to receive guidance from Tivo (sooner rather than later) as to which specific CECB's might be supported.
     
  10. Adam1115

    Adam1115 Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    That's what it said for me until this morning.
     
  11. Soapm

    Soapm Active Member

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    Oh, I get it. These boxes are for OTA service and not cable/FIOS. I guess I was in left field. i will sure miss the DT functionality but I have had bigger losses in life.
     
  12. Whittaker

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    Aye Carumba !
     
  13. promethious

    promethious New Member

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    I was able to get my Insignia box working with my Series 1 SVR-2000 by using the guide at http://www.gratisoft.us/tivo/dtv.html and determined the channel mapping by using tvlistings.aol.com. I selected Cable in the guided setup and used the Time Warner Digital Extended line up.

    You do need to have telnet access to your unit but I was able to get the LG code added to the Zenith list and remap all the channels but one to their correct listings. Now it uses the 3 digit code on all channels so I get all the sub channels too.

    Hello OTA. Good bye Time Warner Cable.
     
  14. magnus

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    Yep, they are kind of hard to find. I had the electronics dept. call a nearby Walmart and they had a few.

     
  15. MickeS

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    I use OTA only for my Series 3, but basic cable for my Series 2 (single tuner), because the analog OTA reception is so poor. But now when TiVo will be able to control a converter box, I think I will switch to OTA on the Series 2 too. Would be sweet to say goodbye to Cox completely. :)
     
  16. TheGreenHornet

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    For the hell of it I did a search for "Digitial Converter Box" on E-Bay. There are quite a few after market used or returned retail boxes of all brands like the Best Buy version. Some of their boxes are 99 cents plus $10 shipping.

    The RCA DTA800 is really selling for higher price than with retail with coupon. Perhaps if someone wants to test a box and not use their coupon for their test that they could snipe an auction or find a good price buy it now for their OTA series 2.
     
  17. SDH400

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    I envy you have the ability to telnet into your TiVo.

    Have you considered suffling the IR code so that TiVo will output the "wrong" IR code to match the channels? e.g. If your TiVo's channel 7 is your OTA's channel 23-1, you can program IR code "7" to output "2" "3" (and maybe "-1").
     
  18. JanellZ71

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    I have learned why I cannot find the RCA box at any of the Wally Worlds in my state. According to this review from HDTVexpert:

    The DTA800 is scheduled for sale through Wal-Mart, although at this writing the Wal-Mart Web site showed it was not available on-line, only in stores. The scuttlebutt I got at NAB from an ex-RCA exec is that the DTA800 would be distributed west of the Mississippi, while the troublesome Magnavox TB100MW9 would be stocked in the eastern USA.

    http://www.hdtvexpert.com/pages_c/2TV_Converters.html
     
  19. suggest THIS

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    Magnus, thanks to your instructions, I was able to fool my Dual Tuner Series2 into recording
    OTA VHF signals. In the Sacramento, CA area, use the Zipcode 95765 and ATT U-Verse.
     
  20. magnus

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