Help needed for Series 2 and Comcast DTA box

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  1. Sep 7, 2019 #1 of 21
    Kurs0010

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    I’m having trouble hooking up my series 2 box to my tv using the Comcast DTA box. I’m not sure what brand it is but I think Motorola? I can’t get any channel to show up, but if I unplug just the TiVo’s power cord, the channels work perfectly. Does anybody know what I’m missing?
     
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    ThAbtO

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    Would need more info... How are they hooked up?
     
  3. Sep 7, 2019 #3 of 21
    Kurs0010

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    I have the cable from the wall going to the DTA box, then a cable going from the DTA to the TiVo, and a cable from the TiVo to the TV. I’m using the red, white, yellow cables connecting the tivo and tv. I’m using the wireless “cell phone” to connect to the internet. Thank you!!
     
  4. Sep 7, 2019 #4 of 21
    ThAbtO

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    The info is a little generic. If you are using the yellow, red/white, this is a composite cable where the yellow is video, and white is left audio, red for right audio.

    Did you run Guided Setup for this connection?
     
  5. Sep 7, 2019 #5 of 21
    ekimsnibor

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    The RF coming out of the DTA is ONLY coming on Channel 3 or Channel 4, so it can't work that way.You need to have the cable come from the wall going directly into the Tivo. You might need a cable card in the Tivo. The TV should be attached to the output of the Tivo box (either RF), or preferably HDMI. You really don't need the DTA in the circuit at all, as the Tivo and DTA both act like a Set-Top-box, and you only need one of those for a single TV.

    If you were thinking that the DTA would perform the job of a cable card (it does), than the problem is you'd have to control the DTA to change channels, and there is only one channel at a time you could ever watch on the Tivo (channel3/4 (whichever you'd configured).
     
  6. Sep 8, 2019 #6 of 21
    ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    This is a Series 2 and it may be before your time in Tivo. It does not have a cable card slot, HDMI, only coax and composite.
     
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    Kurs0010

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    I didn’t run guided set up again. I’m so used to the Bolt I couldn’t find “repeat guided set up’:oops:
     
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  10. Teeps

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    The others here have given you some good insights to get the DTA & TiVo to work.

    I went through a similar scenario with DTA and S1 TiVo.
    I was able to get it to work, kind of.... however, the picture quality was terrible.
    And, an IR blaster is needed for TiVo to change channels on the DTA; channel changes were not always successful.

    My best advice is to upgrade to a newer model TiVo.
     
  11. Kurs0010

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    Ugh I know! I have a Bolt and a Roamio that are both in use. I hate the thought of another monthly fee, when I have a lifetime Tivo collecting dust. It's amazing how much better the quality is of the new machines. I think I have my problem figured out (thanks to everyone here!) and will work on it tonight after work. i may be back on this board complaining tomorrow if I still have trouble!:eek:
     
  12. Teeps

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    From time to time TiVo will offer "such a deal" on a new device with a lifetime service transfer; for a small additional cost.
     
  13. Kurs0010

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    So I got it hooked up! But now the Tivo cant change the channel by itself. I have a new IR Blaster so I dont think it's that. Would I just need to leave the TV on the channel it has a scheduled recording? I don't think I would record a whole lot on that Tivo since I have two better ones.
     
  14. schatham

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    That would work.

    The Tivo needs to be programed to work with IR blasters, or I should say the DTA. look in the settings.
     
  15. Kurs0010

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    Ahh got it. i think I accidentally chose the wrong brand of the DTA. I kept going through Guided Setup since I could see video (assumed it didnt matter)
     
  16. Teeps

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    Also, the DTA maybe sensitive with regard to aim and distance of the IR blaster transmitter...
     
  17. Kurs0010

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    I found this on the setup guide: Position an emitter at the other end of the cable so that the IR signal can reach the IR sensor on the Digital Transport Adapter (see illustrations below). Because of the small size of the Digital Transport Adapter's sensor, you will only need to use one emitter. But there's no illustration anymore...Do you know how to tell?
     
  18. shwru980r

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    You'll probably have to use trial and error to keep repositioning the end of the IR blaster to different areas of the front of the DTA box until you find the sweet spot that changes the channels consistently. You don't have to run the full guided setup to change the model or channel codes for the DTA box.
     
  19. Kurs0010

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    Would I just go into the channel changing section of "settings" rather than restart system? That old version is SO different from the current models! Seems very slow too!
     
  20. shwru980r

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    Yes. TiVo Central > Messages & Settings > Settings > Channels > Channel Changing.
     

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