Advertisements My original plan was to buy the TV, the TiVo and the antenna at the same time and have someone hook all that up. All I need now is the antenna because I know the indoor antenna will never give me what I want. However, I don't know yet how well the antenna is doing. The TiVo was on sale. I kept getting messages on my Roamio and possibly the others telling me about the deal I could get. So I took advantage. It all seemed simple enough. Once it arrived on my porch (I told them send it to the post office) I took it inside. I eventually got around to hooking it up. But let's back up. I got a surge protector. Actually, two, but the smaller one was called a "power strip". And both of them had such short cords they were pretty much useless until I plugged one into the other. Before I got around to hooking up the Bolt, I plugged in my vacuum cleaner. It didn't work. I do need to add that where I used to plug in the vacuum cleaner, something is blocking the outlet and I don't have time to deal with moving stuff around. Two of my surge protectors have what looks like a light switch. This one didn't, but there was something on the side that looked like it might have been that. It worked. So I hooked up the Bolt the next day when I had more time. I used the yellow cord I got for my Roamio. Nothing. I called TiVo tech support and was asked about the HDMI cable. Well, I haven't gotten that TV yet. I was told that was the only way. Seriously? There is a hole to plug the yellow cord into on the Bolt. Why won't it work? But what I did accomplish was getting the remote for the Bolt to operate only the Bolt and not the Roamio, and vice versa. The amber light on the Bolt responded to the Bolt remote. Wednesday I went to the first of two stores. I was told they don't sell TVs. Really, won't a plain computer monitor work, seeing as how I won't be changing channels? But I decided to ask where to find a TV. The person referred me to stores I wouldn't be going to for another week. I tried another nearby store. They did sell TVs! I got the smallest and cheapest. I took it out of the car when I got home, and then out of the box. That was enough for one day. It had been a very busy day. So I unwrapped the TV. I had to remove one of the old TVs which no longer works, meaning nothing to put the Bolt and antenna on top of. And no remote! Wait. I might have left something in the box. Yes, there it is. No batteries (and why didn't the store tell me I needed them?). And no obvious place to put them. I finally looked closely and it said AAA. Fortunately, I have an electric shaver I use on vacations. I position the battery with the plus sign over the plus sign, and it fell down in the remote. Oh, right. My other remotes do that. Success! Except even after the HDMI was hooked up (and neither end fit, but those must have been covers. Oh, they were. Now which way?) "No signal". No matter what I did. It scanned for channels, which I didn't expect. I finally figured out how to get channel 3. I pushed every button there was. Well, not every button. I called the 800 number on what few instructions there were. Not even a single page that could tell me what to do. Only warranty information and safety information. Nothing about how to set it up, or even what the model number was. And whatever country she was in, all she could tell me was look for the model number. Now this is not a big heavy screen that hangs on the wall. But nothing on the back was big enough to read. Oh, and during all of this it kept coming unplugged. I kept asking if there was some button I could press on the remote to get what I needed. At some point, everything was in French and I couldn't get it back to English. While I tried to get what I thought was the model number, she hung up on me. I tried calling back but kept getting a busy signal. So I called TiVo. While pressing random buttons to get English back, I did finally see a list of options that said "HDMI". Finally, I could do something. Except I couldn't. I did have to verify the Bolt was activated. I was told look at the box when I couldn't find the number on the back. None of the numbers on the box were right (actually, I later noticed the box in a place I hadn't thought to look--the right box, with the number I needed). At some point I realized the number must be on the bottom and I read what I thought might be the number. She found it in my account information and said it was activated. In order to go back to watching my Roamio, I needed my Roamio remote. Wait. That one's not supposed to … I've been trying to use my TV remote on my Bolt. Okay, now it works, and I'm finding out what channels I receive. That was fast. I only saw one of the channels actually show up. Now I have to load the information. At some point one or both of the items plugged into the surge protector stopped working. When I realized I might not be getting all the channels, I checked the antenna and the cord was wrapped around other cords and had to be straightened out. The antenna is also not on top of the TV like it used to be because there is no "top of the TV". But once I got the various cords untangled, everything quit working again. As I made sure everything was plugged into the wall, I discovered the surge protector hadn't been securely plugged in. How is that even possible? Meanwhile, the converter box that had quit working is finally loose from all the other mess. All of that is enough for one night.