Recording from Tivo Series 2 RCA input

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  1. Jan 9, 2006 #1 of 10
    terrises

    terrises New Member

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    I am sure this has been asked before, but I was having issues finding an answer.

    I have a TIVO Series 2 and I have it hooked to my cable with a co-ax cable which does not allow me to record premium channels.

    I need to record something off a premium channel and do not wanna change my wiring.

    I can record on my VCR from the RCA output on my cable box and setting the VCR to line 1.

    Is there an easy way to do this on the TIVO without screwing up my current settings as I have MANY shows that tape.

    Thanks,

    Terri
     
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  3. Jan 9, 2006 #3 of 10
    terrises

    terrises New Member

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    Thanks, but that thread answers the question of can I do it, but not HOW do I do it.

    Terri
     
  4. Jan 9, 2006 #4 of 10
    dgh

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    The post from stevel in that thread is about copying recordings from a VCR to a TiVo - if that's what you're asking. I'm not 100% sure that's the question.

    Basically, you tell the TiVo that it's recording from something it expects (cable or satellite box) that's connected via the connector that is really attached to the VCR.
     
  5. Jan 9, 2006 #5 of 10
    gastrof

    gastrof Hubcaps r in fashion

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    Potato and pen.
    To record off a premium channel, you'd have to use your cable box.

    The cable box will have to feed into the TiVo, and the TiVo will need to go thru setup again and be told it's now working with a cable box.

    You WILL need to change your wiring, if you want this to work from now on.

    Alternative:

    As someone suggested, you might be able to leave things as they are and use the RCA outputs on your VCR to feed into the RCA inputs on your TiVo.

    You'd have to set the cable box to the premium channel, have the VCR turned on and feeding its picture and sound from the cable box out thru the RCA outputs.

    The TiVo WILL have to go thru guided setup again, even for this, because now you'll have to tell it it's working both with straight cable AND with its RCA inputs.

    I'm not sure what options would allow for that...maybe telling it you're using satellite and an antenna, but then you'd lose the ability to record cable channels from your cable...you'd only get OTA channels.

    I'm not sure you can set the TiVo up to work with satellite and cable at the same time.

    Anyway, whatever you trick it into thinking is coming thru the RCA jacks, that'll be wrong, and the program descriptions will be wrong in "Now Playing" and due to the timing of the recordings, you'd likely have to use only manual recordings and put in the time and signal source yourself.


    One question-

    You say you have "many shows that tape".

    Did you actually mean "tape", as in you do this on the VCR, or did you mean "record" as in you're recording on your TiVo?

    All in all, it really might be best if you just change your wiring setup so the TiVo will work off the cable box, because that way it'll record the premium channels easilly, and your NOW PLAYING info will be correct.

    Shows you want to keep you'll be able to feed from the TiVo to the VCR thru RCA lines.
     
  6. Jan 9, 2006 #6 of 10
    terrises

    terrises New Member

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    I do not use my VCR. I have the cable wire going straight to the TIVO box. I can not change the wiring set up as I have it set up so I can watch one channel on the cable box while the tivo tapes another as I watch WAY too much TV. Plus I do not have the little IR unit to change the channel anyway.

    As I said I can tape one the VCR coming out of the caqble box RCA output into the RCA input on the VCR and then putting the VCR on Line 1.

    I did not know if it was possible to do this on the TIVO without messing up any of my season passes.

    I just want to tape one show, and thought I could plug the output of the cable box into the TIVO put the cable box on the right station and record what is coming in through the RCA's

    Terri
     
  7. Jan 9, 2006 #7 of 10
    dgh

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    I don't understand how the plugging described in the last paragraph isn't changing the wiring as you said you couldn't do in the first, but yes, you can do this.
     
  8. Jan 9, 2006 #8 of 10
    terrises

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    I already have RCA cables that go from the cable box output to the VCR input. I want to just move that cable to the TIVO input and record something and move it back to the VCR
     
  9. V7Goose

    V7Goose OTA ONLY and Loving It!

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    I did this once, but the setup is a PITA. As noted in several previous posts, the trick is to tell TiVo in setup that you have both a cable without box AND a cable or satellite converter box. Telling it you have the converter box is what activates the RCA inputs. To make this change (or to change it back) you have to go through full guided setup. You don't need to change it back if you will be using those inputs regularly, but I did want to note that there is no way to tell TiVo you no longer have a converter box without re-doing the guided setup.

    That part isn't too bad. The ugly part is that TiVo will then activate ALL of the channel lineup that is supposed to be available with the particular cable or satellite system you claim to have in the setup. You will need at least one of these channels active in your lineup; because, to record from the RCA inputs you need to tune the TiVo to one of the channels supposedly on the converter box.

    Here is why this is so ugly - if you don't remove all of those fake channels from your channel lineup (long tedious process for hundreds of new channels you don't really get) you will drive yourself mad searching through the Guide to find what you really want. Even worse, all of your wish lists and season passes will look at these fake channels too, and you will often get no recording when TiVo tries to use one of them. Lastly, when you do make a recording from the RCA input, the title in the TiVo menu and program information will be whatever TiVo thinks was SUPPOSED to really be on that channel at that time.

    Good luck!
    Goose
     
  10. terrises

    terrises New Member

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    Thanks I did do that and it did work well. I just set the Satellitte to No Local channels and no premium channels and it was less to de-select.

    Thanks

    T
     

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