They Killed my TiVo!!!! Or did they?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by johnhefley, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. johnhefley

    johnhefley New Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    OK, smarties. I need your help.

    Bottom line: I want my TiVo back. And so does my wife. This story gets a little convoluted, so please be patient.

    We had 2 Series 2 TiVos, both with lifetime service (one of them dual tuner) in our house.

    With 4 TVs in our house, we had DISH AND Comcast providing service (2 TV's on Dish, 2 on Comcast. One TiVo was on a DISH receiver, one on a Comcast TV. Don't ask why, just stick with me.). This setup worked fine until....

    Comcast's switch to all digital service, when they sent out the little digital converter boxes which did not work with TiVo.

    One TiVo killed, one to go.

    We kicked Comcast to the curb, and contacted DISH to set us up with 4 TV's ALL on Dish. The only way they could do this was to change out our satellite dish to an HD dish, and provide us with two VIP receivers which, you guessed it, don't work with TiVo.

    Two TiVo's dead.

    Quite unhappy with this situation, I elected to take up DISH's Hopper - the "be all, end all of DVR's", and possibly sell my TiVos.

    The Hopper has some cool features, however, even my old TiVo's are far superior in many respects. And with DISH recently dumping AMC (and the best show on TV in my opinion, "Breaking Bad"), I'm really unhappy. No TiVo, crappy Hopper, and no "Breaking Bad" (or "Mad Men", either).

    I basically want to go back in time, and restore my TiVo's to service. And I may have to go crawling back to Comcast for service on all of my TVs (not to mention AMC).

    I've read that a Dual Tuner Series 2 Tivo will only work with a full set-top cable box, and that a Single Tuner Series 2 should work with the Comcast Digital Transport Adapter (DTA). I'll reiterate that I could NOT get my TiVo's to work with the Comcast DTA, and nobody at Comcast even knew what a TiVo was.... Idiots.

    Please, please provide a suggestion for returning to TiVo happy land. It will entail a "clean slate" approach, I believe. And I'm fairly convinced that it will also require Comcast (or maybe DIRECTV?).


  2. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008
    It looks like you will want a Premiere- perhaps several of them. If you can wait, there is a streaming device on the horizon and a device that looks like it will work as an extender for TVs remote to the DVR.

    If I were in your shoes- and could afford the costs - I would get an XL4 and a regular premiere and wait for the streaming devices for the other two locations. Sell your lifetime S-2s to cover your costs (yes, they have some value).
  3. cannonz

    cannonz Well-Known Member

    Oct 22, 2011
    What DTA did they give you? I would assume all are compatible with your tivos even the DT will be 1T at that point. Looks like most of them work with the direct plug to IR adapter too.
  4. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

    Oct 20, 2007
    MN, greater...
    Have to wonder why you didn't come here and ask about that at the time rather than just accepting that which is not true.
  5. johnhefley

    johnhefley New Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Thanks for the replies. Unfortunately, this all took place around March of this year. I can't report which DTA Comcast provided (although a visit to their office would solve that). In any case, I could not make the DTA change channels with the TiVo. In fact, if memory serves, the ONLY way to make that device change channels was with YET ANOTHER remote!

    Up to that point, Dish had certainly been satisfactory. Of course, adding the 3rd and 4th TV to my Dish subscription changed the complexion of the whole thing.

    I'll await other responses/suggestions before doing anything rash (again).

    Keep the suggestions coming!
  6. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

    Nov 12, 2004
    Thats the best advice. 1 xl4 (4 tuner) and a regular premiere. While waiting for the other boxes (streamer or Stb), then I would probably sell the premiere.
  7. cannonz

    cannonz Well-Known Member

    Oct 22, 2011
    What area are you in? Someone here could probably tell what code to use with the DTA.
  8. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Tivo + cable card will solve your problems.

    But IMHO, as big of a fan of Tivo as I am, if the DISH system had show downloading to a computer (which I have really only been using significantly for a year or two), I'd consider moving to it.. The primetime anytime is a killer feature.
  9. Worf

    Worf Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2000
    Yeah, my cable provider did that too - went all digital and rendered my TiVos useless.

    I still keep them on because the TiVo has a way better scheduler so I just copy the todo list in the joke my cable company calls a "DVR".

    If they only supported CableCARD (because we're in Canada and the CRTC basically makes each a monopoly (being owned by the telecommunications companies). You can't even move boxes around. Hell, most telecommunications companies own their share of TV stations as well - Comcast/NBC? Small potatoes. They own the entire TV from stations through distribution here.)
  10. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

    Feb 18, 2004
    Ontario Canada.
    You haven't tried hard enough making the DTA work with the TiVo.
    Mine woks fine with satellite, although it can be said it is a full box.
  11. xterrahokie

    xterrahokie New Member

    Jul 18, 2012
    I've got a Series 1 and a single tuner Series 2 hooked up to Comcast DTA boxes (Thompson DCI105) that work just fine. Tivo has their own support page about how to get them to work with DTAs. Can't post the link because I'm brand new to forums-been a lurker for years.

    They also make cables that directly connect the DTA to the Tivo so you don't need to use the IR blaster. I bought mine on Ebay. Google search "Comcast tivo to dta adapter cable" or something similar.

    If you don't want to move up to new hardware and keep your existing boxes, that's what I would recommend.
  12. johnhefley

    johnhefley New Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    OK, Smarties! Thanks for your answers. I live in Vermont. And according to your replies, I should be able to connect the TiVo to the Comcast DTA without a blaster. It looks like my questions have been answered, or at least I've been given some very useful clues. Thanks again.
  13. cwerdna

    cwerdna Proud Tivolutionary

    Feb 22, 2001
    SF Bay Area, CA
    I've personally also gotten my former Series 1 and a Series 2 working just fine w/the Comcast DTAs pictured at

    I was living in temporary housing for a bit and all they had were standard def CRT TVs and those 2 DTAs.
  14. johnhefley

    johnhefley New Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    That DTA is similar to the one I had. Very basic. The one I had didn't have rounded edges, but the guts are probably the same.

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