Old School: Suggestions for recording analog over the air broadcasts?

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by cheezus, Aug 23, 2007.

  1. cheezus

    cheezus New Member

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    It's been a while since I've watched any broadcast TV; our boob-tube fix has been coming in the form of tv series from Netflix. Cable/Sattelite are no longer cost effective, now that it's not included in the rent (the joys of home ownership -- $42/mo for BASIC CABLE? Nuts to that!). The Series 2 with lifetime got sold on eBay.

    Anyhoo, I picked up some rabbit ears from the Goodwill this afternoon. I get one channel pretty well, and 3 more not so well. Now that there's a tv source, I pulled the old un-subbed (but with a sw version that allows manual scheduled recordings) series 1 out of storage.

    Here's my problem: Sometimes TiVo refuses to tune in a station, instead giving me the blue can't display live tv screen. Frustratingly, this will happen even when the channel had just been coming in nice and clear (ie, switching from channel 6 to 8 back to 6).

    I've played with the RF smoothing (off seems to look marginally better), and after a lot of experimentation, I think i've found the best spot for my rabbit ears. Any other suggestions on how I can get the tuner to reliably tune in my one good station?
     
  2. dylanemcgregor

    dylanemcgregor Well-Known Member

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    Since you own your home a roof antenna would be the best bet, but this may be more trouble than you are looking for. Other than that I don't know what to tell you. It has been my experience that TiVo seems to require a stronger signal source then the TV does to be able to tune a channel. The upshot if you do decide to go the roof antenna route is that you should be able to get those other 3 channels (and maybe more) pretty clear.
     
  3. mick66

    mick66 Dirty Burger

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    The current software version is irrelevant. What matters is when it was manufactured.
     
  4. Stanley Rohner

    Stanley Rohner New Member

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    I'm pretty sure basic, local channels only cabletv was about $12/month.
     
  5. ciper

    ciper Active Member

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    Radio shack (among other places) sell amplifiers that would probably help your Tivo with its OTA reception. I had to use one at my old home on my cable line to improve picture quality.
     

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