USB TV Tuner?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by kranzmonkey, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. kranzmonkey

    kranzmonkey New Member

    Jul 27, 2011
    I love my Series II, but I HATE my cable company. Since the Series II has available USB ports, can I use a USB stick-based dual HDTV tuner to replace my current cable disaster?

    Basically, will a USB HDTV tuner be compatible with my Series II, and function properly?
  2. NJ_HB


    Mar 21, 2007
    No, the USB ports are only for a wireless adapter.
  3. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2006
    The current crop of USB tuners are only ATSC and QAM so they will only get you OTA HD programming anyway. Your series 2 Tivo is not designed to handle HD content so it wouldn't be feasible even if the USB ports supported the tuner. The Tivo itself has no means of utilizing an outboard tuner because of the way it's designed.

    In other words, ain't no way in Hell it could work.
  4. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY
    However if the question is "is there away to record digital OTA signals" with a Series 2 TiVo. The answer is somewhat different. Most single tuner Series 2 TiVos can control an OTA digital STB (many of the ones that the Gov provided $40 coupons for) and thus record OTA digital.

    Check around the boards for many post about how that works.

    Good Luck,
  5. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Current as in literally available today, I presume you're correct.

    But aren't there USB versions of the Ceton or similar 'cards' on the way? (As in done, taking orders, but not quite shipping yet?)
  6. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

    May 6, 2002
    The only USB device a TiVo 2 supports is an Ethernet adapter, wired or wireless.
  7. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2006
    The Ceton USB tuner is not yet available and no date has been set for its introduction. SiliconDust just started shipping their 6-tuner version of the HDHomeRun Prime networked tuner and the 3-tuner version is expected to follow shortly. All cablecard tuners are currently certified to work only with Windows 7 Media Center. Hauppauge has announced a dual tuner model, but it's internal only.

    The Tivo hardware and software is simply not designed to handle the input from a USB tuner. I'm not sure why the OP even cares about a USB tuner when the S2 Tivo can already TA programs using a digital converter box. It can no longer record directly from an antenna input now that all terrestrial broadcasts are digital.

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