Dual Tuner TiVo Without Cable?

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  1. sparklyyy

    sparklyyy New Member

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    Hi everyone,

    I don't have cable TV (still using a good, old rabbit ear antenna) and I'm wondering if a dual tuner TiVo would work without cable. Would I be able to utilize both tuners at once, recording from two network television stations at the same time?

    I don't have any plans to upgrade soon; I'm just curious. I have the Toshiba TX20 and I don't think I'd ever have the desire to upgrade unless a model were released that had both the dual tuner capability and a DVD burner.

    Thanks,

    Erin

    PS: While I have a new thread started, I might as well ask a second question. Frequently, my TiVo's attempts to connect to the TiVo service fails. I'm told that no network adapter is detected. There is clearly a network adapter plugged into the back that has worked for years. The blue lights is illuminated so I know it's not dead. I resort to unplugging it and then replugging it back into the USB slot or the other one. This usually works, but I'm sick of having to do this all the time in order for the TiVo to connect. Time for a new network adapter, or any other suggestions? Thanks again!
     
  2. Uncle Briggs

    Uncle Briggs Go Blues

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    The S2DT units will not record OTA. Cable is required.
     
  3. jrm01

    jrm01 New Member

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    The Tivo HD and the Series 3 will record OTA and provide dual tuners.
     
  4. sparklyyy

    sparklyyy New Member

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    Thanks. So I'd have to get Series 3 to record two network television stations... eek. Definitely not ready for that kind of upgrade at this time. Thanks again for the replies.

    Erin
     
  5. DeathRider

    DeathRider New Member

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    TiVoHD is a little cheaper than the S3 as jrm01 pointed out...
     
  6. roys

    roys New Member

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    Along the same lines, I guess I jumped before I should have. I just use the old-fashioned rabbit ears as well since I read that you could use TiVo with regular broadcasting. Unfortunately, I didn't understand that this doesn't work with the TiVo series 2 DT. We can pick up some of the early channels in TiVo directly from the antenna, but since we don't have cable or satelite service, we can't get 3 channels to list. Is there any way around this problem, seeing as we are able to pick up 4 regular broadcast channels?

    If not, is there a more outdated TiVo unit that you guys can recommend? My family and I would rather not sink several hundred dollars into an S3 unit since we have no plans to upgrade to an HDTV any time soon, nor get cable or satellite television. Thanks!
     
  7. MickeS

    MickeS Active Member

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    The older S2 single tuner units can receive analog OTA. No S2 TiVo dual tuner can do this.

    A TiVo HD is just under $300. It outputs regular composite and s-video as well as hi-def. The picture will be a LOT better than your regular analog broadcasts, even on a non-HD tv. And remember, in less than 18 months, there will not be any analog brodcasts anymore.

    In short, for over the air broadcasts and TiVo, the TiVoHD (or Series 3) is the way to go.
     
  8. roys

    roys New Member

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    Thanks for your quick response MickeS!

    It looks like we will ship this unit back in that case (good thing we have the 30-day money back guarantee).

    I hadn't heard about the end to analog broadcasts in February, 2009 (must have been living in a cave). Thanks for that information. One more question for you (or someone else) if you don't mind.

    It looks like the TiVoHD is the way to go for my family, especially since an ATSC tuner will be around $100.00. Since these units have a "DirecTV TIVO HD Receiver/DVR HR 10-250", does that mean that I won't need to either switch to cable or purchase an ATSC tuner at a future date? In other words, is that component already built into these units? I just want to make sure so I don't leap before I look again.

    Thanks so much.

    Edit: Actually, it looks like the one I listed above only works through Direct TV. Same question, but with regardsto the TiVo TIVOHD TCD652160 (which I believe is the unit they have listed on the official TiVo website).
     
  9. gastrof

    gastrof Hubcaps r in fashion

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    You're confusing two different things.

    The DirecTiVos aren't being made any more, including the High Def receivers.

    Those only worked with DirecTV and OTA anyway.

    The TiVoHD and the Series 3 do NOT work with satellite and are for OTA and cable only. (Analog and digital in both cases.)

    Repeat-
    The TiVoHD is NOT a DirecTiVo. It's for cable and OverTheAir.
     
  10. MickeS

    MickeS Active Member

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    When the analog cutoff happens, you will not need to change anything if you already have a TiVoHD that receives OTA programming connected to your analog TV. It has ATSC as well as cable TV tuners built in.
     

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