Thinking about going dual tuners, but can I?

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by cpals, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. cpals

    cpals New Member

    Sep 24, 2007


    I currently have a single tuner Series 2, which works pretty good... little slow and has the smaller (40GB) hard drive.

    I was thinking about going for the Series 2 dual tuner, but I believe if what I read is right, then I cannot. I only have rabbit ears (OTA) for my channel reception and I think I read that the new ones do not support this? However, my single tuner one works fine. What is the reasoning behind this?

  2. RoyK

    RoyK New Member

    Oct 22, 2004
    SW VA
    You are correct. The Series 2 DT units do not work with OTA signals. The series 3 DT units do, however.
  3. cpals

    cpals New Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    Well, that seems like a pointless thing for TIVO to have done? I don't feel like spending $300 on a TIVO, but would have spent the $100.
  4. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY
    Under current federal regulations any devise that receives over the air (OTA) analog signals (old style TV) also has to have the ability to receive OTA digital signals. TiVo chose to leave the analog tuners disabled in the Series 2 DT because adding digital tuners would have cost them too much. Kind of sucks but that's what happened.

  5. Jim5506

    Jim5506 Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    Lubbock Texas


    Has anybody tried a hack that would enable the OTA tuner?
  6. gastrof

    gastrof Hubcaps r in fashion

    Oct 31, 2003
    Potato and pen.
    Does anyone know for a certainty that the machine HAS a tuner that'd get OTA?

    It might have been built without one.

    Besides, the TiVo's own software might not allow you to select OTA as a tuning option on the Series 2 dual tuner. (Which means you'd have to hack not only the tuner, if you can, but you'd even have to hack the TiVo's software.)

    This sounds like a visit to the TiVo Underground forum would be appropriate.
  7. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

    Feb 18, 2004
    Ontario Canada.
    I am pretty sure the hardware is OTA capable, but the software is written not to support OTA on that model.

    Edited to correct context.
  8. ForrestB

    ForrestB New Member

    Apr 8, 2004
  9. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

    Feb 18, 2004
    Ontario Canada.
    To add:

    I think there may be some DB hack to put ones OTA lineup on there, but that would be an advanced hacker thing.

    Another option is to kind of make your own cable provider with the channels you receive, using the setup of a local cable provider. It will take a bit of money and/or technical knowhow to set up and get working correctly. In that case, you may as well get a TiVoHD.
    Or hold out and see what is around the corner.

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