Dropping DTV to OTA

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by phecksel, Jul 27, 2007.

  1. phecksel

    phecksel Member

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    No, I won't ask how to convert my D*Tivo to receive over the air signals :)

    We LOVE the Tivo, but after several great years, concerned with future product failure...why why why didn't I get the extra units when they were available?

    But, to the point, what little TV we watch, is almost all network TV. Close enough to pick up a decent signal without a very large antenna, primary networks broadcast antennas are approximately 90 degrees apart.

    Don't have the capability for HD, yet, but do have a decent sound system. Not having any idea what is available, where the market has gone, thinking I'm getting tired of paying $60 every month to literally watch a couple of non network channels a week.

    What are my options, should I wait until everything goes digital, how much in monthly service fees, any other suggests?
     
  2. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    Get the TiVoHD. It will work fine with your older TV.
     
  3. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

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    You can also get a used Single Tuner Tivo and a Voom HD box and record from the output of the Voom box (the Tivo is able to control the Voom box through IR cables).

    I do agree that the TivoHD is better for doing this but if you're looking for an older lifetime Tivo (no monthly fees) then using a Voom box would help extend it's usefulness.

     
  4. RoyK

    RoyK New Member

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    Not quite so fast. The OP should be aware that the HD does NOT have a RF output . Many older TVs do not have A/V inputs. Also there is no provision to control a STB should that be an issue.

    Other than that the HD should make a fine choice.
     
  5. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

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    My sentiments exactly... and the reason why I left DTV and of course now I have reasons for never going back to them.
     
  6. mick66

    mick66 Dirty Burger

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    An rf modulator solves the problem of no A/V input.
    and I have yet to see the need for a set top box to receive ota signals.
     
  7. phecksel

    phecksel Member

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    My TV isn't quite that old, LOL

    It does have color stream and S-Video inputs, although the DVD player is connected to color stream.

    We have one station we don't want to give up :( Question is, is that one station and the two programs worth $60 monthly???? Rhetorical question, only we can answer that. I do expect to upgrade TV at some point, but things like the DVD player giving me fits, and my main computer frying it's MB... :(
     

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