Good Idea for Tivo? // A Digital Tuner Box to Complement an S2

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by sloan, Jul 30, 2007.

  1. sloan

    sloan New Member

    Feb 13, 2003
    Raleigh, NC


    Does anyone think this would be a good idea?

    Tivo needs a box, that can sit on top of the Series2 box (a seperate
    unit), and takes an antenna input.

    This box takes ATSC signals, and converts them so a S2 box can record
    (Not HDTV, just digital input).
    Of course, getting search / user guide data would also be included.

    Since we're less than 2 years away from no analog signal, people are
    going to be "stuck" with their old tv's.
    See for the "Final Countdown".

    One solution could be this digital decoder box that works alongside of
    your current Series2 (S2) tivo.

    Then Tivo can market it with "free extra channels" or something.
    One of the benefits of ATSC is not just the clarity, but the fact that
    each station is broadcasting multiple broadcasts at once.
    (Especially PBS, they're running sometimes 5 different shows at once)

    They've already got the ATSC channel lineups.
    They've already got alot of S2 customers.
    They've got USB ports on the back of the S2 units.

    Build this digital decoder box that complements an existing S2, and
    you can make an impact 2 ways.

    1. Generate revenue, because people have to buy the boxes. ( I
    recommend a one time cost ).
    2. You can work on that niche market of people who are tired of
    cable, tired of satellite, and who could be intrigued by getting more
    channels over antenna (aka, digital tv).

    I mean, they already have the pieces to make this happen.
    And they ought to have some use for the USB slots, and not just a
    wireless adapter.

    Tivo has alot of S2 boxes out there, and still alot of S2/DT boxes
    being sold.
    Let there be even more worth with these boxes by creating a new
    product, the digital tuner supplement box.

    Does that make sense?

    I submitted the idea via tivo's webpage already. But thought I'd make
    a post as well.

    It is was $100 or so, I'd buy one. Depending on where you live, there is alot of "free" tv out there being broadcast in digital quality.

    I'm guessing USB2.0 has enough bandwidth. My pinnacle portable HD is a USB2.0 device that gets the job done.

    Anyway..just throwing the idea out there.
  2. sloan

    sloan New Member

    Feb 13, 2003
    Raleigh, NC
    Another intriguing aspect of this idea:
    Of course this might eliminate most people
  3. bdraw

    bdraw Member

    Aug 1, 2004
    Tampa, FL
    All TiVo would have to do is update their software to support the STB already planned to help those who are OTA only. These boxes have been previously available for $89.99 and many believe they will be $49.99 in January of 2008, when the rebate program starts.

    Then you would just connect this STB to your TiVo the same way you would a Cable or Sat STB, with S-video and IR blaster.
  4. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY
    There has been speculation (hope?) that TiVo would either support the OTA STBs to come or make an add on device for their Series 2 units themselves in several posts - I see no reason why this wouldn't happen but it is all speculation at this point.

  5. sloan

    sloan New Member

    Feb 13, 2003
    Raleigh, NC


    Ok. So I'm not the first to think of it.

    Hopefully, it'll gain some steam.

    While I have a HD Tivo tuner, something lighter weight for the bedroom(s) would be nice as well.

    And I have a lifetime on my S2, and would like that box to remain useful.

  6. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

    May 1, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    I think it would be a good idea.
    Tivo made their own wireless adapter - why not a STB?

    I would buy one for my S2. (Unless they offer a lifetime transfer deal for the new TivoHD.)
  7. lessd

    lessd Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    The main reason TiVo should make one is to use the serial port, you would not need a remote for the TiVo converter box and channel changing would not be any problem as it is using the IR blasters. (now what did i do with that serial cable that came with my TiVo)

    But TiVo would have to figure out how many TiVos are using OTA, the TiVo data base should tell them. I think its a small % of TiVo users as most people who would think about TiVo would have cable except maybe in big cities like NYC.

    How about a single cable card digital to analog converter box for the Series 2 ?? with a serial input for channel changing. I think that would be a neat product for TiVos Series 1 and Series 2 or somebody else could make it; Weaknees ???
  8. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

    Nov 12, 2004
    A S2 can do this now. However, you have to set your lineup to pretend like you have Directv , Dish, Cable, etc.... then use an old Voom box.

    Link to discussion here

  9. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

    Feb 18, 2004
    Ontario Canada.
    It seems to me Tivo is working on a Series 2.7 digital (essentially the Tivo HD with SD only out, and an STB input). That would eliminate the need to at least build a digital "sidecar" for Series 2 boxes. And if they did build one, it would use either the RF or A/V input. At most, it would use USB just for control.

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