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Two TiVos + Two Peanuts

Discussion in 'TiVo Series 1 - UK' started by CarlWalters, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. RichardJH

    RichardJH New Member

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    I had a V+ and a VM Tivo in the same room and kept having to put a cover over the one I wasn't watching.

    Problem now solved by watching all that was on the V+ and then discontinued that service. Money saved and no more frustration :D
     
  2. CarlWalters

    CarlWalters Yo Ho TiVo!

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    It worked like a charm :) many thanks again.

    Now on to the next problem :)
     
  3. cyril

    cyril New Member

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    Not at the moment for the VM TiVo but hopefully a software fix can enable this.
    In the meantime I have one in a cupboard, and one outside, and can use a universal rf remote for the one inside the cupboard.

    11 years ago I had 9 series ones in the same room :)
     
  4. Trinitron

    Trinitron New Member

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    TV, cable and satellite remotes over here have for a long time had red-green-yellow-blue buttons, so people are used to instructions like 'press the red button', etc. The idea developed out of the 'fastext' teletext navigation system in the 1980s.
     
  5. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    So you can't use more than one of the new Virgin Media TiVos in the same room because they didn't provide for multiple remote addresses?

    Sounds like Virgin got into the TiVo business without understanding TiVo owners.

    Wonder how that's gonna work out.

    My sympathies to my UK brethren (and sisteren, too).
     
  6. orangeboy

    orangeboy yes, I AM orangeboy!

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    Yes, that would be my fault. Despite this being the Series 1 UK forum, I had assumed the Virgin Media TiVo box, having completely missed the OP's explanation of the boxen being Series 1. Regardless, the requirement for a 1-2 switch to control two TiVo DVRs in the same room is false, though having a 1-2 switch is and would be infinitely more convenient for 2 DVRs in the same room. 3 or more, not so much*...

    *I've got a Series 2, Series 3 and Premiere all in one room, but have set the remote addresses accordingly, and allow my Harmony universal remote take care of those details ;)
     
  7. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    There seem to be two separate but hopelessly intertwined issues:

    1. Can you have more than one TiVo in the same room/IR path without remote control commands intended for one being responded to by both.

    2. Can you solve the problem of issue 1 without having to have a separate remote control for each TiVo.

    The answer to issue 1 seems to be yes, if you assign each a different remote address and assign that same address to a remote dedicated to controlling that particular machine. In other words, number of TiVos = number of remotes.

    The answer to issue 2 seems to be yes, if you have a remote with the 1-2 slide switch, or some other brand of universal remote that can do same codes, different address.
     
  8. orangeboy

    orangeboy yes, I AM orangeboy!

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    The answer to issue 2 is also yes for any TiVo* remote. You can have up to 9 TiVo* DVRs in one room using one TiVo remote. This is accomplished by resetting the remote's address using the Pause+TiVo+(number) method to match the DVR's address.

    Confirmed using my Premiere remote which doesn't have a 1-2 switch.
    Confirmed using my Series 3 remote which does have a 1-2 switch.

    The position of the switch was arbitrary when I did the test. Having the switch is ultimately a convenience to control 2 TiVo DVRs in the same room, without having to contort your hands to cover the end of the remote and press 2 buttons at the same time.

    *My test bed is limited to the TiVo branded DVRs that I own. I cannot say with any certainty whether Humax/Sony/Phillips/etc DVRs are capable of setting the DVR or remote's address. Although I do use my Harmony, I wouldn't be required to do so when it comes down to controlling my three TiVo DVRs with one remote. I use the Harmony to also select the correct TV and receiver inputs for the DVRs, game consoles, and DVD player.
     
  9. CarlWalters

    CarlWalters Yo Ho TiVo!

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    I can confirm that this works for my two TiVos. One is assigned IR address 1 and the other IR address 2 using the methods described above. You can assign any IR address between 1 and 9 but I believe that IR address 0 is reserved as a "universal IR address" and that any TiVo will respond to it even if configured to an IR address between 1 - 9.

    Once your TiVos have been assigned separate IR addresses then you can either :

    1. Use a separate TiVo for each one - each remote having been programmed to a unique IR address.

    2. Use a single TiVo remote to control all TiVos but you would have to switch it to the correct IR addresses (using the button combination TiVo + PAUSE + NUM) before using it to control the corresponding TiVo.
     
  10. unitron

    unitron Well-Known Member

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    The Sony Series 1 stand alone, which uses a different remote and different codes, can be set to at least addresses 1, 2, and 3, with 1 apparently corresponding to 0 on the Philips/TiVo TiVos. They don't do 0.

    If you set a universal remote to control an S1 Sony, it'll change the remote address for the machine back to 1, the same way it would re-set a Philips back to 0, so for Sonys 1 seems to be the default override address.
     
  11. a_tivo_noob

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    I know this forum isn't used much, so I can get away with bumping this quote (mainly so I'm more likely to find it again in the future)

    I'd love it if someone can point me as to how to program the DVR switch remote to operate the TV too...
     
  12. sjp

    sjp Active Member

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    From memory... It's pretty much the same as a normal remote but there's a bit of IR receiver covering required when pointing the remote across the room. You don't want TiVo 1 to see the signals intended for TiVo 2.

    There's a setting in the menus somewhere that assigns a different remote code to each TiVo, only required on the "other" box.

    Kudos for keeping the flame alive, if you're anywhere towards the south of London or up Newcastle way and ever want another please let me know. I can't bring myself to take it round to the dump.
     
  13. a_tivo_noob

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    cheers. I can part pair it with my tv but the standby button won't sort the tv. I have a silver remote so will have to try that, but it's in the loft... At the home... Which my wife now lives in! Doh!! :) I'm just glad we had a spare TiVo and I have a part working blue remote :)

    Cheers for the offer of the spare TiVo. If I had the room id pay for a courier and have it as a spare! :)
     

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