I am sure this has been asked before, but I was having issues finding an answer.
I have a TIVO Series 2 and I have it hooked to my cable with a co-ax cable which does not allow me to record premium channels.
I need to record something off a premium channel and do not wanna change my wiring.
I can record on my VCR from the RCA output on my cable box and setting the VCR to line 1.
Is there an easy way to do this on the TIVO without screwing up my current settings as I have MANY shows that tape.
To record off a premium channel, you'd have to use your cable box.
The cable box will have to feed into the TiVo, and the TiVo will need to go thru setup again and be told it's now working with a cable box.
You WILL need to change your wiring, if you want this to work from now on.
As someone suggested, you might be able to leave things as they are and use the RCA outputs on your VCR to feed into the RCA inputs on your TiVo.
You'd have to set the cable box to the premium channel, have the VCR turned on and feeding its picture and sound from the cable box out thru the RCA outputs.
The TiVo WILL have to go thru guided setup again, even for this, because now you'll have to tell it it's working both with straight cable AND with its RCA inputs.
I'm not sure what options would allow for that...maybe telling it you're using satellite and an antenna, but then you'd lose the ability to record cable channels from your cable...you'd only get OTA channels.
I'm not sure you can set the TiVo up to work with satellite and cable at the same time.
Anyway, whatever you trick it into thinking is coming thru the RCA jacks, that'll be wrong, and the program descriptions will be wrong in "Now Playing" and due to the timing of the recordings, you'd likely have to use only manual recordings and put in the time and signal source yourself.
You say you have "many shows that tape".
Did you actually mean "tape", as in you do this on the VCR, or did you mean "record" as in you're recording on your TiVo?
All in all, it really might be best if you just change your wiring setup so the TiVo will work off the cable box, because that way it'll record the premium channels easilly, and your NOW PLAYING info will be correct.
Shows you want to keep you'll be able to feed from the TiVo to the VCR thru RCA lines.