How can I get (2) SA S2 Tivos to use only 1 connection on TV?

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  1. terrybadman

    terrybadman New Member

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    I have 2 tivo's and a DVD player.
    My TV only has 2 ports, One for the Tivo the other for the DVD. I now have another S2 SA Tivo, would like to hook both Tivo's to use only the single COAX connector on the TV. Set one to use channel 3 the other to use channel 4. This way I can use both the Tivo's at the same time. Can I do this with a regular splitter used in reverse?
    So basically would set Tivo1 to use channel 3, and Tivo 2 to use channel 4. The output coax connection on each Tivo I would attach to a regular cox splitter but at the split end and then connect the input from the splitter to the TV. I would then use channel 3 on the TV to watch shows on Tivo1 and channel 4 on the TV to watch shows from Tivo2.
    Does this make sense? Anyone ever try this?
    help please.
    Thanks....
     
  2. windracer

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    Hmmm ... I wonder what would happen if you connected the RF out on TiVo1 to the RF in on TiVo2, and then the RF out (or composite AV) from TiVo 2 to the TV?
     
  3. supasta

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    Try it. I used to have an old VCR and a DVD player connected in the exact way you mention. Worked great.
     
  4. terrybadman

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    I don't think this will work becaue the RF going in to Tivo2 will be from Tivo1 and will not be a raw cable feed, thus limiting what I could record. Thanks for the try though....
     
  5. terrybadman

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    Thanks, I will try this tonight. Any chance you can tell me if there is a way to get the Tivo remote to change the channel on the TV itself... probably not, I can't think of it, but thought I would ask...
     
  6. supasta

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    No, the TiVo remote will not change channels on the TV. Only Input, Power, Mute, Volume.

    Let us know how it works. Otherwise, if not, you can simply get a Source Selector for dirt cheap, and there are even Component boxes with 7-8 source inputs for around $90.

    Your TV does not have any other inputs? Sounds like its time for a new TV!
     
  7. terrybadman

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    Yep, It's a 27" JVC TV I purchased back in 1993....!
    Anyway got sick and did not have energy to try this last night. Hopefully Tylenol Cold will do the trick and I can attempt tonight.

    Thanks for the advice.
    -TBM
     
  8. DrewTivo

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    I suspect you will get a lot of interference. For example, what does channel 4 look like when you've set tivo to go onto channel 3? It's a bunch of static because the tivo is interfering with the adjacent channel.
     
  9. classicsat

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    Get an A/V selector switch.
     
  10. wilcotree

    wilcotree New Member

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    I have been googleing for this for awhile but could not think of the right terminology. Thanks, finally I know the words for my next entertainment center purchase. http://www.starlink-dss.com/sony_switch.html
     
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  12. gastrof

    gastrof Hubcaps r in fashion

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    Much better suggestion than playing with hooking one unit into the other...

    Just get a two way switch from Radio Shack or somewhere else.

    Feed the two TiVos thru RF into the switch, and let the switch feed the TV.

    The switch is what'll select which TiVo you're using.

    One warning...

    Those two TiVos will both be responding to the same remote.

    If this were an earlier TiVo, you'd be able to change the IR codes on the machines so they each respond to a different set. You'd also have to change the remotes to transmit using those code sets.

    I don't know if you can do that with a DT TiVo, however.

    If you can, your problem is solved.
     
  13. mick66

    mick66 Dirty Burger

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    How about using an A/V switch and connecting all of your components to your TV's composite input? Some (not this one) are even remote controlled.
    [​IMG]
     
  14. terrybadman

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    Thanks for the information. I FINALLY found some time to try this out and guess what it DOES NOT work with a splitter used in the opposite direction. I will have to buy a video selector.

    The channel 4 Tivo looked fine but channel 3 was terrible, unwatchable.

    I've narrowed it down to te following:
    The RCA VH915 Audio Video System Source, it has a remote so I should be able to program my universal remote to use it.


    Here's a link
    http://www.amazon.com/RCA-VH915-Source-Selector-Switch/dp/B00008X5DF

    Anyone use it or have any opinions?
    Thanks
    TBM
     
  15. terrybadman

    terrybadman New Member

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    woops I missed this one, thanks, are you happy with it?
     
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  17. terrybadman

    terrybadman New Member

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    not cheap and will need more than two sources. The RCA is much more economical and can have more than 2 sources.
    thanks
     

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