HELP... TiVo, DVD, VCR, TV & Cable Hookup

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by pbrama, Dec 1, 2005.

  1. pbrama

    pbrama New Member

    Dec 1, 2005


    Boy, these things never stump me... until now.

    Here is my scenario...

    - Coax Cable (no cable box)
    - TV with Composite (R/W/Y) In & Coax In
    - DVD with Composite Out & SVideo Out
    - VCR with Coax In & Out
    - TiVo Series 2

    I currently have:

    - Coax from wall to VCR Coax IN
    - VCR Coax OUT to TiVo Coax IN
    - TiVo Composite OUT (#1) to TV Composite IN

    Wanted to add DVD... tried in addition to above:
    - DVD Composite OUT to TiVo Composite IN

    Can't see DVD at all. Is there something we need to "switch" the TiVo to the Composite IN? Am I missing something obvious?


  2. petew

    petew Active Member

    Jul 31, 2003
    Pittsburg, CA
    With the setup you have tune Tivo to channel 0 but I'd recomend the following:

    Buy a Video switch box. There's various models out there some have remote control, other are manual. There's some threads discussing them. Also get a 2 way COAX splitter.

    Coax to splitter, one split to VCR IN, VCR Out to TV. Second Split to TiVo, AV Out to AV Switch Input 1, DVD to AV Switch Input 2, AV SWitch Output to TV.

    To Watch Live TV. Tune to the channel
    To Watch VCR. Use VCR TV/VCR Switch and tune to Channel 3 or 4
    To Watch TV. Select AV Input and select Input 1 on on AV Switch
    To Watch DVD. Select AV Input and select Input 2 on on AV Switch
  3. nbstev

    nbstev New Member

    Jan 3, 2006
    Is there a way to connect tivo, a vcr, and a dvd similar to the one above, without using a switch, or any other new hardware?
  4. MasterOfPuppets

    MasterOfPuppets TCF Bookie

    Jul 12, 2005
    East Hell
    I bought a switch when I got my Tivo to hook up my Tivo, DVD, VCR and I run everything through my stereo...
    Once you've figured out which wires are coming from where, it's easy...and the switches are pretty cheap...
    Your TV only comes with so many hookups...
  5. blue25

    blue25 New Member

    Dec 29, 2005


    Switch boxes are cheap and you can also get one that works automatically, so you don't have to get up from the sofa every time you want to change the channel.

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