trying to help my mother decide on Tivo

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  1. travel time

    travel time New Member

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    My dad has a booster antenna that he uses I was wondering if you could hook a DVR up to it?
     
  2. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

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  3. Puppy76

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    Thought I should add that there is ONE exception-the dual tuner Series 2 box can't work with over the air broadcasts, but everything else does (single tuner Series 2 plus Series 3, Tivo HD).

    Not a big deal though, as the Tivo HD only costs $30 more on Amazon than a dual tuner S2, and that gets you a drive that's twice as big, and the ability to record both analog and digital (HD) broadcasts, so it's the one you'd want anyway.
     
  4. travel time

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    He bought a unit at the local pawn shop. Came in the box and looks to be brand new but had a card inserted in the unit, came with the remote and cables but no instuction book so I have no clue how to set this up for him.
    Box says: Dolby Digital 5.1 - Records 70 hours - DirectTV DVR TIVO R-10

    He has a Digital TV with the Digital booster antenna

    Any help with this would be greatly appreciated..........

    Thanks
     
  5. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

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    Uh-oh, bad news I'm afraid. That particular TiVo model is designed to only work with DirecTV which is a satellite subscription service. You can connect an antenna; however it will not have any DVR/recording functionality. It will only pass the signal through to the TV so that kind of defeats the purpose of having it unless you subscribe to DirecTV. :(

    Here’s a link to the Owner’s Manual just in case you decide to subscribe (or sell it and get a regular, stand alone TiVo which can be used with an antenna or cable):

    DIRECTV R10 TiVo DVR Owners Manual.

    You can read the .pdf file on line, save it and read it on your computer or you can print it out...165 pages. :eek: You may just want to print out the important parts. ;)
     
  6. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

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    Good catch...completely forgot about that one. :eek:
     
  7. travel time

    travel time New Member

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    Ok - What you are telling me is that my Dad was mislead on being able to use this unit with a booster antenna and that he will have to purchase one of these listed above?
    Do I just research for these under DVR's?

    Thanks
     
  8. richsadams

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    Well...I don't know what they told your dad, but the particular model you've listed, the DirectTV DVR TIVO R-10, will not work with a regular TV antenna, only DirecTV Satellite.

    If you want a basic TiVo that will work with an antenna, I'd recommend getting a TiVo Series 2. Right now you can get one for free after rebate and signing up for a one-year subscription! :up:

    Click here for more information about it at the TiVo Community Store. (We've purchased a TiVo and other items from them and can recommend them.)

    Click here for a copy of the rebate. (Must be ordered by October 27th)

    Click here for instructions on setting up a TiVo Series 2 with an antenna.

    You could also consider a TiVo HD. It costs more money but it will allow you to watch and record regular and high definition television programming with an antenna, provided there are HD broadcasts in your area and of course you'd need an HD television to see the HD shows.

    Click here for more information about the TiVo HD.

    As Puppy76 mentioned, the only TiVo you can't use with an antenna (besides a DirecTV TiVo) is a TiVo Series 2 Dual Tuner.

    All TiVo’s require a subscription from TiVo to work…the price varies depending on what kind of subscription you buy. All new TiVo’s come with a 30 day money-back guarantee that will allow you to return the unit and cancel your subscription at no charge as well.

    Of course you can always visit www.tivo.com to learn more about TiVo.

    Hope that helps!
     
  9. classicsat

    classicsat Astute User

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    That would be Digital broadcasts. Yes, some will be HD, but because it is digital doesn't mean it has to be or necessarily will be HD.
    All current TiVos require subs to record and use other features. Some older models have a "Basic" free level of service (that would be the Toshibla and Pioneer DVD TiVos), and most Series 1s (all Philips, early Sony) will record without service).
     
  10. richsadams

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    Yep...what he said. Just didn't want to muddy the waters...but there are other options if you really want to do some research. ;)
     

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