series2 dual tuner and OTA?

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  1. CorinaB

    CorinaB New Member

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    I am new to TiVo, and haven't actually bought my TiVo yet. I currently have a Comcast box with DVR, but I'd like to get rid of cable altogether if possible. So, I am looking to replace the Comcast DVR with a Series2 dual tuner.

    For now, I plan to downgrade my cable to just get the local stations, but I hope to figure out a way to get good reception without cable (OTA) later. If I do that, will I still be able to use the TiVo? And will I still be able to use both tuners?
     
  2. Jonathan_S

    Jonathan_S Well-Known Member

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    To work around an FCC requirements the Series 2 Dual Tuner is blocked from tuner OTA channels. It can only tune analog cable and/or control 1 cable box.

    (The enable OTA tuning, they would have had to include an ATSC digital hi-def tuner, which likey would have significantly raised the cost)
     
  3. CorinaB

    CorinaB New Member

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    Thanks Jonathan! That's too bad, but it's good to know before I buy.
     
  4. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    JMO, If I were looking to get a new Tivo now, I would get the new Tivo HD and future proof myself.

    If I had the $$$ I'd go ahead and get the S3. :D
     
  5. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    Yep, The TiVoHD is the one to consider, since it will tune OTA just fine.
     
  6. gastrof

    gastrof Hubcaps r in fashion

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    Potato and pen.
    There's also been talk (apparently) of a standard def TiVo that would be similar to the TiVoHD. ;)

    Philips currently has a DVR/DVDrecorder that tunes and records both analog and digital*, but only in standard def, even being able to create DVDs off the hard drive recordings.

    It'd be a little strange if TiVo didn't produce their own version of such a machine, even if without the DVD burner.

    *(Haven't been able to find out if it can do QAM on the digital side.)
     
  7. avmike

    avmike Member

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    Keep in mind folks that you can use Tivo HD and Series 3 boxes on non-HD televisions. You can even watch HD channels. The box will simply downconvert to SD.
     
  8. CorinaB

    CorinaB New Member

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    Thanks, guys! You're right about the "future-proofing"--I hadn't been paying much attention to the big HDTV changeover, because I had cable. I don't have an HD tv, and I'm glad to hear I can keep using my old tv for TiVo if I get an HD or Series3.

    Gastrof, do you happen to know what that Philips is called? If it has two tuners, it might be perfect for me since I won't be getting a new tv for a long time, probably.

    I didn't see that there were more replies to this thread until after I started a new one about helping me pick the right TiVo. Oops!

    Corina
     

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