tivo and OTA

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  1. stevenll

    stevenll New Member

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    My parents watch just OTA using a rabbit ear antenna connected to a TV with built-in digital tuner (no digital converter box).

    Are there tivos, besides the roamio, that will work with just OTA? With just the rabbit ear antenna connected to the tivo? Not even a digital converter box connected.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. replaytv

    replaytv gun talk ignore list

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    Sure, the HD Series 3 Tivos and the the original Premieres have OTA tuners. U can also use a converter box with a Series 2, but that TiVo only has standard definition TV.

    Is the TV a HD TV?
     
  3. stevenll

    stevenll New Member

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    Yes, it's an HDTV.
     
  4. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    HD/Digital OTA compatible TiVos
    Series 3
    TiVo HD
    TiVo HD XL
    Premiere (2 tuner)
    Premiere XL (2 tuner)
    Roamio (4 tuner)

    4 tuner Premieres are NOT compatible with OTA
    6 tuner Roamios are NOT compatible with OTA
     
  5. RusRus

    RusRus New Member

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    Get them a "Tivo HD" DVR. It is a series three DVR but it has two turners and is excellent for OTA reception. Craig's List will have many.

    You will recognize it as it has black chassis cover with two thirds of the right front side silver.
     
  6. Chris Gerhard

    Chris Gerhard Well-Known Member

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    I have been using the TiVoHD for about 5 years for OTA and can recommend it. If you want to buy used, eBay often has the TiVoHD TCD652160, updated with a 1TB or 2TB HD for around $250 with lifetime service.
     

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